Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act recognises that as a member of the public, you have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run, how much they cost and how you can make complaints if you need to.
You have the right to know what services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standards of services that are expected and the results achieved.
From January 1st 2005 it also obliged the Trust to respond to requests about the information which it holds, that is recorded in any form, and creates a right of access to that information.
The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions, which the Trust has to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.
Under the Data Protection Act 2018, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you and you can contact the subject access office at the hospital to do this. The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act, common law and Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention.
The Publication Scheme
The publication scheme commits the hospital to make specified classes of information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. You can view the Information Commissioner’s Office Model Publication Scheme here and you can access our publication scheme here.
Make a Freedom of Information Request
By post to: Freedom of Information Office, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, Kempston Road, Bedford, MK24 9DJ
By email to: FOI@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
If you have any questions or queries about FOI requests, please telephone:
01234 355 122 ext. 2520, 5082 or 6377.