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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 came into force in January 2005 and gives anyone the right to request information held by a public authority, including the NHS.

The Act also places an emphasis on public authorities to be seen to provide greater openness, transparency and accountability. giving the public a greater understanding on:

  • How the public authority carries out its responsibilities,
  • Why the decisions are made and
  • How public money is spent.

Under the FOIA we are required to adopt a Publication Scheme, giving you the opportunity to obtain information about our organisation. This section explains what information you can request, how to make that request together with details of what’s included within our Publication Scheme.

Publication Scheme

Under the FOIA we are required to have a Publication Scheme, which is approved by the Information Commissioners Office. This allows us you to obtain information about the Trust. You can access the information by clicking on the links on the left hand menu.

Making a request for information

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) you have the right to request information held by the Trust. Requests for information will be released provided the data requested is not protected from release by one of the exemptions. Further information can be found at

You can make a request for information under the FOIA by emailing or alternatively writing to:

Freedom of Information Officer
The Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Castle Lane East

Subject Access Requests

If you are looking to access your medical records or other personal information held about you by the Trust, you can do this by making a subject access request. To make a request please contact:

Subject Access Requests
Medico/Legal Department – Stour Building
Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Castle Lane East