NHS Pharmacy Complaints

Complaints can be extremely detrimental to a pharmacy business if they are not dealt with in a timely manner and resolved effectively. A common scenario is as follows:

  1. A patient has identified a dispensing error and reports it in person to the pharmacy counter staff
  2. Staff have not been trained in receiving complaints, this adds frustration to the patients complaint.
  3. Staff eventually refer the patient to the pharmacist on duty, however, the pharmacist is unaware of the complaints procedure as they are unfamiliar with the organisation's structure.
  4. The patient becomes more agitated and goes to either the Pharmacy Regulator or NHS complaints system which could possibly lead to further issues.

It is of paramount importance that circumstances like these are "nipped in the bud" as soon as a potential complaint is recognised.

Digital Pharmacy Complaints Manager

Inclusive within our services we include a robust NHS complaints module. This has been created so that community pharmacies can meet the requirements set out in the CPAF. Below you can see screen shots of the system, the blue text at the top of the image is present to guide pharmacists using the system for the first time.

Complain to Pharmacy

The NHS complaints module contains:

  • An introduction - this described the system to new pharmacists who have not used the system before.
  • Complaints - this section tracks any previous complaints.
  • Email Form - this section can be used to make the HubNet system send a link to the complaints form to the patient.
  • Link to Form - this section provides a link to the complaints form so it can be copied and pasted into an email or messaging platform.
  • Embed Form - this section allows pharmacists to embed an NHS complaints form onto their website.

Below is a picture of the Camplaints record manager, a pharmacist can use this section of the tool to track new and previous complaints which have been logged on the system.

Make NHS complaints easier

The next part of the module (below) shows how the pharmacist can easily send out an email from the HubNet.io system to a patient to fill out the form.

How to deal with NHS Complaints pharmacy

This next section, seen below, shows how the pharmacist can copy a link from the HubNet.io system and send the link to patients who may want to complain.

Easy NHS complaints system

From testing this module of the past few years we have found that Superintendents find it very useful to get feedback from patients. Also by digitising the complaints procedure it removes bias from the patient physically handing a complaint to the pharmacist in question, by doing this online, better, honest feedback can be obtained from customers.


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