Compliments & Complaints

We always try to provide you with a first class primary healthcare service, and appreciate patient feedback as a measure of how we are doing.

Comments and compliments

If you think we are doing something well please let us know. It is always nice to receive compliments. Equally, if you feel we could do better in any aspect please tell us. Comments and compliments can be made to any member of the Appletree team, by means of the Suggestions Box in the entrance to the Duffield surgery or by addressing them to the Practice Manager.


There may be times when you feel you have not received the appropriate care or treatment, either clinical or service. Most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. But if your problem cannot be dealt with in this way please let us know, ideally within a matter of days, to give us the opportunity to establish what happened and put things right more easily.

We have a Complaints Procedure as part of an NHS system for dealing with complaints (full details can be found in our leaflet above). In the first instance complaints should be addressed to the Operations Manager, either verbally or in writing. She will explain the complaints procedure to you and will make sure that your issue is dealt with promptly. We aim to acknowledge receipt of your complaint within three working days and to fully investigate it in a timely manner.

We do of course keep strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else we have to know that you have his or her permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.

If you remain dissatisfied you may refer the matter to The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman at



Following Government guidance, we are now able to plan to invite patients for their flu jabs and covid boosters.  These vaccinations (one in each arm) will be given at the same appointment.  The covid booster cannot be given until 6 months after you received your second covid vaccine.   You are likely to be offered a full dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (or, less likely, a half dose of the Moderna vaccine).  This follows scientific evidence showing that both of these vaccines provide a strong booster response, regardless of which vaccine you initially had.


We are currently working very hard to put these clinics in place so please bear with us.  We will be contacting eligible patients either by text, phone or letter inviting you to book an appointment a the Babington Vaccination Hub.


Eligible Under 18’s are the exception and will be offered the Nasal Flu vaccination at the Duffield Surgery.  Again, invitations will be sent by text, phone or letter.


We are still awaiting guidance regarding administering the covid vaccination to ‘At Risk’ children.