If you need help making your complaint or want to speak to someone outside of the South Canterbury DHB organisation you can do so by:
Contacting the nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service. Phone the local advocate on 03 687 2291, or the national call centre on toll free 0800 555 050.
Calling the office of the Health and Disability Commissioner on 0800 11 22 33.
Providing your name and contact details is optional. If you provide your name and contact details we will:
Acknowledge your concerns the next working day and tell you who will be handling your complaint or the issues you have raised.
Respond to your concerns in a timely manner
Notify you immediately of any delays in the investigation of your complaint.
If you choose not to provide your name and contact details, we will still investigate your complaint but we will be unable to inform you of the outcome of our investigation.
If you become dissatisfied with how your complaint is being handled, or if you are not totally satisfied with the response you receive, you may discuss your concerns with an investigation officer at the office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, phone 0800 11 22 33.