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Guest blog from Hamilton Fraser
As an aesthetic practitioner, your objective is to improve patients’ lives by helping them achieve their deserved aesthetic appearance. So, when a patient complains it can be stressful and upsetting to hear but it is important to listen to the patient carefully and take the complaint seriously.
In this guest blog for Consulting Room, Hamilton Fraser explains how to deal with the different types of complaints you may receive as an aesthetic practitioner.
There are two main types of complaints that you should be aware of as an aesthetic practitioner, notable complaints, and reportable complaints.
This is when a patient isn’t satisfied with the result of a treatment. They may feel the aftercare was unsatisfactory or that the results of the treatment were not as expected.
As a result, they may request for free treatment to remedy the problem or request a refund for the treatment.
This is when a patient makes a formal claim, which could be when a treatment has gone wrong, and the patient has suffered a bodily injury.
If reportable complaint has been raised, you could receive a letter from a solicitor requesting for compensation.
It is important to acknowledge the patients concerns within 24 hours of hearing them, although this isn’t a legal requirement, it shows that you are taking their complaint seriously and committed to resolving the issue.
If your patient feels heard, they will be less likely to escalate their complaint further and a suitable resolution can often be met by mutual agreement.
When responding to a notable complaint it is recommended to provide an estimated timescale for resolution.
What to do when a notable complaint has been raised
A thorough and honest investigation into the treatment carried out and the complaint received is the first step.
Remember, the full outcome of the investigation does not need to be disclosed to the patient, however you should use it to reflect upon once the complaint is resolved. Having the investigation notes to refer back to can help to avoid a similar mistake being made in the future.
The summary should remain professional and objective and include whether you believe the complaint is valid, it is important to not be defensive within the write up.
Remember: You must not admit liability but show a sympathetic attitude towards their concerns.
Resolve the complaint by sharing a formal response to the patient that outlines the next steps and thank them for bringing their concerns to your attention.
The conclusion of a complaint would usually fall into one of these three categories:
A reportable complaint is more serious than a notable complaint and must be reported to your insurer immediately.
Once raised with your insurer, they will require the following documents so it is handy to keep a note of what would be needed in the event of a claim.
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