Frequently Asked Questions - Feedback if you are a patient
Who can give us feedback?
If you're a patient, please give us feedback – we really value
you helping us get the important things right. You can provide
feedback via the Patient
Experience Survey or by contacting the office local to
where you received treatment.
What will you do with my information?
We will make a record of your details and feedback and store it
securely. This will ensure we manage and use it effectively to help
is improve our services.
We will keep information about you confidential, but for
investigation purposes we may need to talk to other members of our
organisation. If you do not want us to share any information from
your patient records, please inform us.
How long will it take you to respond to my feedback?
All feedback will be acknowledged either verbally at the point
of care or in writing within 3 working days. Concerns and
complaints will be formally responded to by one of our directors
within 20 working days.
Can I retract my feedback?
Yes, you can. If we identify a risk, then an investigation will
be completed in line with our procedures, but there will be no
further contact with you or your representative.
Can I feedback anonymously?
Yes. The way we handle your feedback will be different as we
will not be able to contact you for additional information or share
our findings. We would still investigate and use any learnings from
the investigation to improve our services.
How long do I have to feedback?
We have a time limit for a feedback, which is within 12 months
of the event you wish to feedback about.
However, if you feel the time limit should not apply, please
speak to the person dealing with the feedback. We will extend the
time limit if in our opinion there are good reasons why it could
not be made any sooner and where there is still the possibility of
a meaningful review of the facts of your case.
I haven’t received a response for a complaint I sent in, what
do I do?
We apologise if you have sent us a complaint or raised a concern
and haven’t yet received a response. Please get in touch with the
regional office where you sent your initial feedback and they will
be able to help you.
What if I’m not happy about the way my complaint is
If we have fully investigated your complaint and you are still
not happy, you can make an appeal to our Chief Executive at our
National Headquarters. Your appeal notifications need to be made
within 25 working days of you receiving the Regional Director’s
Please send complaints to:
St John Ambulance, 27 St John’s Lane, London, EC1M 4BU
Our Chief Executive will then arrange a review of the
investigation into your complaint to ensure that it was carried out
in an appropriate manner. You will receive their response within a
further 25 working days.
What information should I provide with my complaint?
When giving us feedback, you should provide the following
- Your full name and address and if you are complaining on behalf
of a patient then their name and address
- The date and location of your care, treatment or transport
- As much information as possible about what, where and when it
- Any action you have already taken
- The result you are expecting
- What method you would prefer us to use to contact you
What if my complaint involves another organisation?
If your complaint involves another organisation, such as a care
home or hospital, we may need to pass it to them or contact them to
ask for more information to help us investigate your concerns. If
we need to do this, we will contact you first to get your
permission to share the complaint.
Can I ask someone else to complain on my behalf?
We realise that there will be occasions when it is not possible
for our patients to raise a complaint themselves and so we will
accept complaints from a representative. If the third party
requests a response we will not share personal information with
them unless they:
- have the patient’s agreement to make the complaint. This
agreement will also need to confirm what medical information we can
share with the patient’s chosen representative
- are a child’s parent, guardian or main carer and the child cannot
make their own complaint
- have a welfare power of attorney for health and wellbeing or are
a court appointed deputy for someone who cannot make decisions for
themselves, and the order permits them to make a complaint about
- are a relative of, or have had a legally recognised relationship
with the patient, who has died and are concerned about how they
were treated before they died.
My care was paid for or organised by an NHS organisation. Who
should I contact?
If the NHS paid for St John Ambulance to provide your
transportation or treatment then you can send your complaint to the
NHS. This may be an NHS Trust or the local Clinical Commissioning
Group. You cannot ask both to investigate the matter. Nor should
you ask St John Ambulance and the commissioner of the NHS funded
services to investigate the same matter.