How to feedback or make a complaint about us or an LPC


Sometimes things can go wrong, or we fail to meet someone’s expectations of us. If you are unhappy with the service(s) or support provided by us or your LPC, it is important to let us know so we can improve.

There are two ways to tell us what you think:

  • Feedback
  • Make a complaint

Giving feedback

Feedback helps us improve the quality of our work.

You can give good or bad feedback by telling us about it. For example, you can speak to one of our staff team, or email us at lpc@communitypharmacyss.co.uk

If you are unhappy with us or your LPC, it is worthwhile discussing your concerns early on, we may be able to sort the issue out quickly. Most problems can be dealt with at this stage.


Make a complaint

You can make a complaint about us if you’re not happy or have concerns about:

  • decisions made by East Sussex, West Sussex or Surrey Local Pharmaceutical Committees and work of Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex on behalf of these LPCs
  • the advice you’ve been given
  • how you’ve been treated
  • because you’ve had difficulty getting in contact

Your LPC also has powers to consider any complaint made by any pharmacy contractor against another pharmacy contractor involving any question of the efficiency of the Pharmaceutical Services as empowered by Regulations.

You may wish to refer to your LPCs constitution to help you decide to make a complaint, or not

East Sussex LPC constitution | West Sussex LPC constitution | Surrey LPC constitution


How to complain

If you want to complain about us and/or your LPC, you should contact us and say you want to complain. You can complain in different ways:

  • You can contact us and say you want to complain
    Telephone: 01372 417726
    Email: lpc@communitypharmacyss.co.uk. Please put Complaint in the subject line
  • You can contact the LPC member who represents you on the LPC (this is most likely to be CCA, AIM or independent member depending on your sector of community pharmacy. Committee member names are published on our page called Three LPCs in Surrey and Sussex under the heading for each LPC
  • You can contact the Chair of your LPC or Governance Lead on your committee, as appropriate. Their names are published on our page called Three LPCs in Surrey and Sussex under the heading for each LPC

We will:

  • Do our best to acknowledge receipt of every complaint by e-mail within 24 hours of it being received by us. Note that complaints received on a Friday, over a weekend or on a Bank Holiday may not be acknowledged until  the next working day.
  • Identify a time frame that is both short and achievable for us to provide a more substantive response to your problem.  We expect to be able to provide a response to most complaints within 28 calendar days of receipt.

Solving the problem informally

Our chief executive officer, and/or appropriate LPC chair or governance lead will probably offer to talk through your problem informally instead of starting a formal complaint process.

Talking through your problem might be quicker.

If you don’t want to talk informally or it doesn’t help, we will deal with your problem as a formal complaint.


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