Advancing Patient Care | Ag Cur Cúram Othar Chun Cinn
The RCSI Hospital Group is committed to ensuring that all patient feedback; including comments, complaints and compliments are acknowledged, reviewed and responded to as quickly as possible.
Complaints are managed in line with the RCSI Hospital Group Policy and Procedure for the Management of Complaints (2016) and the Your Service, Your Say Policy (HSE, 2017).
Staff within the RCSI Hospital Group endeavour to resolve all complaints at the point where they occur and at the earliest opportunity.
What this means is that you should feel free to contact any member of staff with your complaint and expect them to assist you. If they cannot resolve your complaint the staff member will refer you to somebody who can help you.
The RCSI Hospital Group supports a “No Wrong Door” approach to complaints.
You can speak to any member of staff in a hospital about a complaint or concern.
If your complaint or concern cannot be resolved at this point the member of staff can involve a manager to discuss the issue with you. You can also request to speak with a manager.
In the event that your complaint is not resolved you can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison/ Complaints Department in the hospital concerned.
Acknowledge your communication.
Respond to a written complaint within 30 working days, or keep you informed if this process takes longer.
Monitor to ensure that your complaint is appropriately managed.
Act on suggestions for improvement where appropriate.
Pass on any feedback received to staff.
If you are dissatisfied with the written response to your complaint you may apply for an Internal Review to the RCSI Hospitals Group at the address beneath. Alternatively, you may contact the Office of the Ombudsman for an independent review of your complaint at this stage.
Chief Executive Officer
RCSI Hospital Group
111 St Stephens Green
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review, you may apply for an Independent Review of your complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman. Contact details are outlined beneath:
Quality & Risk Department
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
The Rotunda Hospital
Quality and Patient Safety Dept.
The Rotunda Hospital
Tel: 01-817 6848
The National Inpatient Experience Survey (NIES) is a nationwide survey asking patients about their recent experiences in hospital. The purpose of the survey is to learn from patients’ feedback in order to improve hospital care. The most recent survey took place in May 2022. Following on from the survey each acute hospital in the RCSI HG conducted an analysis of the feedback. Following this analysis a number of Quality Improvement (QI) projects have been developed by each hospital and these QI projects are outlined beneath.
Each hospital has used a QI approach to make changes to the way healthcare staff deliver care and services. QI projects use feedback from patients along with the knowledge and experience of healthcare staff to see where improvement is required. Changes are then made to that service. Once the change is in place healthcare staff then measure or monitor it to check whether the change has led to an improvement.
On behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) Hospital Group, we would like to thank all the patients who participated in the National Inpatient Experience Survey. This feedback is invaluable in helping us to understand individual experiences and to assess our service performance against patient expectations. We expect that this will lead to an improvement in the quality of healthcare services provided for all patients.
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