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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

This section is designed to meet your rights under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Freedom of Information Act gives you the legal power to request any information that the Trust holds, this may be minutes of meetings, access to services requirements or how the Trust has spent money. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, of which The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one. If you are looking for a specific piece of information about the Trust or about yourself this section will also provide the contact details and explain how you can gain access to certain types of information.

The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their information in accordance with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998 and in common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part.

What is a Publication Scheme?
Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. It is a description of the information about our Trust, which we make publicly available. We shall review the Scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.
What is a Disclosure Log?
The Disclosure Log provides an overview of previous freedom of information requests and the information that has been released. Click here to view our Disclosure Log
How do I make an FOI Request?

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has recently released some guidance on FOI and the Coronavirus (COVID-19). They have advised that they recognise the unprecedented challenges we are all facing during the Coronavirus (COVID019) pandemic and how resources are being diverted away from their usual roles to assist. Therefore, they are expecting organisations to take a measured approach to how they respond to FOIs and will not penalised for any delays on responses. This guidance is available on their website.

As you can appreciate, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are experiencing unprecedented pressures dealing with a response to the ongoing COVID-19. All resources frontline and otherwise, are being diverted to assist in the response. Because of this, there will be a significant delay in our response to your request. We are therefore, asking all requestors to consider whether they wish to retract their request, or should you wish to continue with the request, it will be placed on hold until which time we have the ability to respond.

You can make a request to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust through a variety of ways:

1. You can complete an online form
2. You can post your request to:

    Freedom of Information Coordinator
    Governance & Legal Services Department
    The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
    New Cross Hospital
    WV10 0QP

3. You can email our FOI Lead directly:  rwh-tr.foi@nhs.net

4. All media requests should be directed to the Head of Communications

After a request is made you will receive an acknowledgement of your request including a reference number should you need to contact us further, the Freedom of Information Coordinators will then obtain the information (if the Trust holds it) and ensure that it is available for disclosure.

How do I access my own records?

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. To do this contact:

Health Records Access Team 
Health Records Department
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
New Cross Hospital
WV10 0QP

Email:  rwh-tr.healthrecordsaccess@nhs.net
Telephone: 01902 695544

As the Publication Scheme is for you, whether you are someone who uses our services, a carer, member of staff or a member of the public, it is important to us that we receive feedback from you. We welcome suggestions about how this Scheme and the publications themselves might be improved. If you need any help in accessing the documents listed in this Publication Scheme, or have any questions, comments or suggestions about this Scheme, please write to The Publication Scheme Co-ordinator at the address listed above.
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