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Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have the right to request in writing (using the facility below if you like) any information held on record by the Trust. You can expect a prompt acknowledgement, and a reasonable and comprehensive response within 20 working days.

Provided we hold the information and it is not of a personal or commercially confidential nature, we will send it to you or tell you where it is on our website. The Publication scheme below will give you an idea what’s available.

Our Disclosure Log is a compilation of most of our responses, arranged alphabetically by subject. You may find the answer you seek there already. Also, various contact details and organisation charts are posted elsewhere on this website.

We do not generally charge for information provided under FOI. However, if it looks like a request is likely to cost more than £450 to answer, we will notify you accordingly (section 12 of the Act). This could mean that we may not be able to supply all the requested information or that we may refer to excess charges equivalent to those stated for paper copies of healthcare records (see under ‘About’ on this website).

Under section 40 of the FOI Act, requests for personal information (where disclosure may contravene the Data Protection Act 1998) will be handled under Data Protection rules. As with access to healthcare records, consent to disclose personal information must be established beforehand. There is a standard charge of £10 and records would normally be provided within 40 consecutive days after receipt of payment.