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How to make a complaint

Staff at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust always try to do their best for those who use its services, but we recognise that sometimes expectations may not be met.

If you are not happy with the care or treatment you have received at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust we would like you to let us know so we can make improvements where necessary.

You will not be treated any differently because you have raised a concern or a complaint, but if you have any worries about this, please let the Patient Experience Team know.

Any record of your complaint is kept separately from your medical record.

If you would like to read the Trust's Complaints Policy then please click here.

Who can make a complaint?

Anyone who is receiving, or has received treatment or services provided by the Trust can complain if they are unhappy with any aspect of their care. If you are anxious about making a complaint yourself you can always ask someone to make a complaint on your behalf, for example a family member or friend. We will ask your relative or friend whether they have your permission to do this and you will be asked to sign a consent form to give us permission to disclose your personal health information to your relative or friend.

If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, you must have that person’s permission.

A complaint should be made within 12 months of the event, or within 12 months of realising that you have cause for complaint.

The Complaints Procedure

The National Health Service and Social Care Complaints Procedure has two main stages; Local Resolution and Independent Review.

At the Local Resolution Stage it is the responsibility of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to look into and respond to your complaint.

Information to include in your complaint

Your complaint should include the following:
• Who or what you are complaining about.
• Include the name and job position of staff members if you know them
• Include when and where the event(s) you are complaining about happened
• What you have already done about your complaint, if anything
• What results you want from your complaint

If you wish to put your complaint in writing via letter.
Please send your letter to:
Chief Executive
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Moorgate Road
S60 2UD

If you would like to email your complaint please email  

Getting help in making your complaint.

You can contact;

The Patient Experience Team.


Healthwatch Rotherham.
Healthwatch Rotherham can provide you with independent advice and support. 
33 High Street
S60 1AP

Office Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 9:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Telephone: 01709 717130

What will happen to my complaint?
Your complaint will be acknowledged within 3 working days of receipt and you will be contacted by a member of the Patient Experience Team who will agree with you the manner in which the complaint is to be handled and agree the timescale in which the investigation is to be completed.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is committed to resolving complaints within 30 working days although in some cases it may be appropriate or necessary that it takes longer. If this applies you will be kept informed.

The Team will also agree with you how you wish to be communicated with, e.g. letter, telephone, e-mail.

Your complaint will be passed onto the relevant department for investigation and resolution. A member of the Patient Experience Team will be available to help if you have any questions during the investigation.

Independent Review - The Health Service Ombudsman
If you remain dissatisfied after the conclusion of the NHS complaints procedure you can ask the Health Service Ombudsman to investigate your case. The Ombudsman is independent of both Government and the NHS

The Health Service Ombudsman
Millbank Tower
Tel: 0345 015 4033

The Trust is regulated by the Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission
City Gate, Galloway
Newcastle, NE1 4PA
Telephone 03000 616161
Monday to Friday
8.30pm until 5.30pm  


Contact us

Patient Experience Team  
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Level D, Junction 3

Rotherham Hospital
Moorgate Road
Rotherham S60 2UD  

Telephone: 01709 424461