Swansea Bay University Health Board aims to provide the very best care and treatment.
We welcome all your views and want to learn from your experiences, good or bad.
The vast majority of people are happy with the service they receive. Sometimes though, things might not go as well as expected. By telling us about your concerns, we can apologise to you, investigate and try to put things right. We will also learn lessons and improve services.
However, there are some things that we cannot deal with under the arrangements, such as a complaint which was made and investigated under the arrangements that were in place before 1 April 2011.
Previously the health board was unable to deal with complaints regarding private patients. However, this has now been reviewed - further information below.
Complaints or concerns may be made through the medium of Welsh; in person, in writing or by telephone. A complaint or concern made in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than a complaint or concern made in English.
If you feel able to do so, the best place to start is by talking to the staff who were involved with your care and treatment. They can try to sort out your concern immediately.
Via our Let's Talk campaign
If you wish to report what you think may be poor care while in hospital, or if you want to tell us about great care, you can use our Let's Talk campaign:
Your concern will be treated confidentially, and you do not need to give your name or personal details, unless you want a reply.
Telephone: 01639 683363/683316
Please provide us with the full name and address of the patient the complaint relates to, along with a contact telephone number for the patient or someone nominated to speak on their behalf.
Dr Richard Evans
Interim Chief Executive
SB Health Board Headquarters
1 Talbot Gateway
Baglan Energy Park
Private patient complaints can be sent to the SB Complaints inbox alternatively, complainants can be sent direct to the Chief Executive by letter. On receipt the complaint will be reviewed and the appropriate action taken.
The complainant will be informed of the action. This will be confirmed by email or in an acknowledgement letter to the complainant.
If you have a concern about services that you have received from you General Practitioner (GP), dentist, pharmacist or optician you should ask the practice to look into this for you. If you feel you require further advice, you can contact the health board on 01639 683316 who will advise you on the next steps.
In most cases, we will let you have a final reply within 30 working days of the date when we first received your concern (weekends and bank holidays not included). If we can’t reply to you in that time, we will give you the reasons why and let you know when you can expect a reply.
Some cases might need further investigation under the Redress Arrangements. Redress is a range of actions that can be taken to resolve a concern where the organisation might have been at fault in causing some harm. It can include a written apology and explanation of what happened, an offer of treatment/rehabilitation to help relieve the problem and/or financial compensation.
If Redress may apply to your concern, we will let you know what this means in more detail.
If your concern has been looked at by us and you are still not happy with our response, you can contact the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.
Where a person remains dissatisfied with the outcome of an investigation of the Health Board’s compliance with the Welsh Language Standards, or a failure on the Health Board’s part to provide a bilingual service, they have the right to contact the Welsh Language Commissioner.
Phone: 0345 6033 221
Welsh Language Commissioner
5–7 St Mary Street
Cardiff CF10 1AT
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Tel: 0844 477 2020
Tel: 0300 790 0203
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