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Compliments & Complaints

COVID -19 Update 

Due to the current public health emergency it is unavoidable and understandable that it is causing considerable disruption to the delivery of our services, as well as to the work of our Complaints Officers.  With this in mind, we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation.

We welcome and value your comments, compliments and complaints on the services and care provided by Cork University Hospital.


Making a Comment, Compliment or Complaint

If you would like to make a comment, compliment or complaint about any aspect of our service you can do one of the following;  

By Email:    Email us at cuh.complaints@hse.ie

Online:       Patient Advocacy Service https://www.patientadvocacyservice.ie/  Call 0818 293 003 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

(Guide to making a complaint document available at end of this page)

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By Letter:    Forward your feedback to us in writing to:

                     Quality & Safety Department, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork

By Phone:   Call us Monday to Friday (8:30am to 5:00pm) on 021-4922822.  CUMH related please call 021-4920707


What Happens Next?

  • In the case of a comment or a compliment we will send you a letter of acknowledgement if you provide your contact details.
  • We will pass on your comment or compliment to the relevant department/ward.
  • If it is a verbal complaint, every attempt will be made to try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
  • A written complaint will be acknowledged in writing within five working days from the date it is received. The letter will also tell you the name of the nominated complaints officerwho will investigate your complaint.
  • The complaints officer will look into your complaint within 30 working days of the date when it was acknowledged.
  • Once the investigation is complete, we will provide you with a written response explaining the outcome and conclusions of the investigation.      


Further Information On Our Complaints Process

Writing a complaint

  • Ideally, all complaints should be made soon after the events you want to complain about happened. This makes it easier for everyone to remember what happened.
  • Please give as much information as you can, including your name, address, date of birth, contact telephone number, email address and hospital MRN number if you know it.
  • You can ask a friend or relative to raise a concern or complaint on your behalf. If you do, we will ask you to sign a consent form, giving us permission to disclose your personal information to this person.
  • For the purpose of accessing patient confidential information as part of the investigation of a complaint, we must ensure that we have the consent of the patient to do so. 

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the response from the complaints officer or the way my complaint was dealt with?

  • You may request a review from the Director of the National Advocacy Unit, Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, HSE, Oak House, Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Tel: 045 880 400. You should clarify in writing the key issue that you wish to have reviewed. You have 30 working days from the date the response was sent to you by the complaints officer to request a review.
  • You may request an independent review of your complaint from the Office of the Ombudsman or Ombudsman for Children at the following addresses;

Office of the Ombudsman, 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Office of the Ombudsman for Children, Millennium House, 52-56 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1.


Will making a complaint go on my health record?

No, your complaint is not kept in your medical notes and it will not affect your future care in any way.

If I make a complaint will it negatively affect my care and treatment?

Absolutely not. The Hospital sees complaints as an opportunity to improve our services and they should not have any detrimental effects on the person making the complaint. Please contact us if you feel that the service you have received has been affected following making a complaint.

Can I ask for information about the care and treatment of my relative?

The Hospital has a duty of confidentiality to our service users. This means that we will not share information about a service user without their permission to do so. This does not mean that we will not look into the concerns of relatives or friends about a service user’s care and treatment, but it does mean that we will not always be able to share the full results of our investigations.

Is there a time limit for complaining?

It is important that you make your complaint as soon as possible after the event you wish to complain about, but generally under the HSE Complaints Procedure it is only possible to investigate complaints made:

  • Within 12 months of the event or
  • Within 12 months of you realising you have something to complain about.

Relevant Information