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The Freedom of Information Act (2000) allows members of the public the right to see information from any public organisation. The goal of the Act is to help give greater openness and transparency in the way organisations are run.

What is freedom of information?

The Freedom of Information Act (2000) gives members of the public the right to request information from public authorities. The aim of the Act is to promote greater openness and transparency.

Through this website, we hope to make information about our Trust and services more accessible. To help us achieve this aim, we will publish all the Freedom of Information requests we receive on this site. You can find out more about the type of information that you can request, our publication scheme and patient confidentiality below.

To find out more about requesting information please see Submitting a request

Patient confidentiality

The Freedom of Information Act does not affect the legal right to patient confidentiality and this continues to be an important commitment on our part. This is in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act and common law.

We have appointed a Caldicott Guardian, and who has the responsibility of ensuring the protection of patient confidentiality, in accordance with the legal rights of patients

Members of the public have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run, how much they cost, which services are being provided, what targets have been set, what standards are expected and what results that are being achieved.

By law, we are required to respond to requests about the information which we hold and which is recorded in any form. The rights to request and access information are subject to some exemptions that we have to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.

Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided and we will explain the reasons why not if this happens.

Under GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. If you would like to do this please see Can I access my own information?

A freedom of information application is made by request. Please see Making a FOI Request for more details