Patient Advice and Liaison Service

The NHS is huge. It can be complicated. That’s when patients need a helping hand – someone who knows how local services fit together.

  • Are you confused or puzzled by something the NHS is doing?
  • Do you have a practical problem that needs sorting out?
  • Do you want to raise a concern or suggest an improvement to a local NHS service?
  • Do you want to praise an individual or particular service?

PALS can:

  • Help you overcome problems.
  • Listen to your concerns
  • Make sure your experience helps us make local health services even better

Rest assured– your query will be dealt with sensitively and in confidence.

You can contact PALS by:

Telephone:   0800 132996 (West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group)
E-mail :         enquiries.wcheshireccg@nhs.net
Post:             The Patient Experience Manager
                      1829 Building
                      The Countess of Chester Health Park 
                      Liverpool Road
                      Chester
                      CH2 1YZ

Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust PALS – 01244 366066
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust PALS – 0800 195 4462
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust PALS - 0800 432 0251

Do you have a patient story that you would like to share with us, then please feel free to contact the Patient Experience team, our details are shown above. Thank you for helping us improve your local NHS Service  

Have a compliment, concern or complaint

Compliments
If you have appreciated the efforts of staff, or have ideas about how services could be improved, we’d like to know. Compliments let us know where we’ve got things right, and suggestions help us develop services in the future. Contact Patient Advice and Liaison Service on: 01244 389292 Freephone 0800 132996 or email: enquiries.wcheshireccg@nhs.net

Concerns
You might have some concerns either about your care or about other things to do with how services are provided to you. If so, we’d like to know. Contact Patient Advice and Liaison Service on: 01244 389292 Freephone 0800 132996 or email: enquiries.wcheshireccg@nhs.net

Complaints
If we can’t answer your concerns, or if you want to make a complaint, this is what you should do:

When should I complain?
If you are unhappy about any part of your care, treatment, or the way services are provided to you let us know as soon as you can. This makes it easier to put things right.

How do I complain?
Most complaints can be resolved by speaking to a member of staff or a manager. Whenever possible you should approach the clinic, hospital or GP practice that you wish to complain about. We also have a Patient Advice and Liaison Service, which aims to quickly resolve problems and concerns. Contact Patient Advice and Liaison Service on: 01244 389292 Freephone 0800 132996 or email: enquiries.wcheshireccg@nhs.net

If you are a child or young person, and you would like to share your good or not so good experience of the care or services you have received, you can tell us about it here, or speak to us on 0800 132 996.

Where can I go for more help?
The local Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) or from specialist advocates. ICAS can be contacted on 0300 456 8350 or liverpoolicas@carersfederation.co.uk

What happens next?
When we receive your complaint we will agree with you how we will investigate it, this may include a meeting to discuss your complaint in person. When the investigation is completed you will receive a full response.

What if I am still unhappy?
If you have outstanding concerns, please let us know; you can also ask the Ombudsman to investigate your complaint. Normally the Ombudsman expects that the NHS has been given a chance to try to resolve the complaint.

Contact:

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,
Millbank Tower,
Millbank,
London
SW1P 4QP

Complaints Helpline Tel: 0345 015 4033

Email: phso.enquiries@ombudsman.org.uk

Website: www.ombudsman.org.uk/