The Freedom of Information Act deals with access to official information and gives individuals or organisations the right to request information from a public authority and companies wholly owned by public authorities. The Act allows anyone to ask for information held by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and request access to it. The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is to promote greater openness.
The Act gives the public a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. The Act also requires public authorities to have an approved publication scheme which helps individuals to find information published by the Trust.
When responding to requests there are procedural requirements set out in the Act which an authority must follow. There are also valid reasons for withholding information which are known as exemptions from the right to know.
The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and at common law. The Data Protection Act covers an individual’s access to their patient records/clinical information. Requests for personal data should be dealt with as DPA subject access requests and should not be processed via the FOI route
Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment by the Trust. To help with this the Trust has appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian and who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with an individual's legal rights.
Freedom of Information general enquiries
You can use this FOI request form and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Freedom of Information, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 9NA. Tel: 01256 473202
For the publication scheme please click here