Freedom of Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives people the right to access information held by the Trust.

The Trust's Publication Scheme is divided into 7 sections:

Who we are and what we do
What we spend and how we spend it
How we make decisions
Our policies and procedures
Lists and registers
Environmental Information Regulations
How we use your information

Where information is not available via the Trust's website, FOI requests can be made by sending an email to: foirequests@sthk.nhs.uk.

We will respond to your request within 20 working days of receiving the request.
However, if this is not possible, we will inform you in writing explaining why.​

We are not required to make information routinely available when:

  • We do not hold the information requested

  • The information is exempt from disclosure under legislation (such as the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Data Protection Act 1998), e.g. personal data, confidential information or information that is commercially sensitive

  • The Trust cannot easily access the information and it would take too much time to provide .

To view previous Freedom of Information requests us e the menu bar to the left of the screen or click here.​​


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 Convention, the Data Protection Act 1998 and common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part. To help with this, we have 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 your legal rights.

Our Caldicott Guardian is Dr Francis Andrews, Assistant Medical Director/ Consultant in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine​

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Other key Information Governance roles and individuals are:

  Christine Walters, Director of Informatics, Senior Information Risk Owner

   

​​Anne-Marie Stretch, Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Human Resources,

Executive Lead for Freedom of Information​


Craig Walker, Information Governance Manager, Data Protection and Freedom of Information Lead, Deputy Senior Information Risk Owner​


To contact the Information Governance Team

Tel: 0151 426 1600 (switchboard)
Email: ig@sthk.nhs.uk

​or write to us at the below address:​
Whiston Hospital
Warrington Rd
Prescot
Merseyside
L35 5DR 

Charges for information listed in the Publication Scheme

Most of the information listed in the Publication Scheme will be provided at no charge, such as information on the Trust website; this is clearly stated in the Scheme. The Trust may make a charge for photocopies/print-outs of documents, copies on formats such as CD-ROM / disks and postage. You will be informed of the exact charge before the information is provided. We will require payment before providing the information.

Medical records

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

Legal Services
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Whiston Hospital
Warrington Road
PRESCOT
Merseyside L35 5DR

Tel: 0151 426 1600 (Switchboard)


Complaints about the Publication Scheme

The Trust's Publication Scheme will be reviewed on an annual basis. Certain elements may be updated throughout the year where practical and possible. If you have any comments, queries or complaints about the publication scheme or the processing of your request, please address these to:

Ann Marr
Chief Executive
St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust
Whiston Hospital
Warrington Road
PRESCOT
Merseyside
L35 5DR

Tel: 0151 426 1600 (switchboard)

Alternatively, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Further details can be found at www.ico.gov.uk. The Information Commissioners Office enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Environmental Information Regulations and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. To find out more about the information rights in the public interest visit http://www.ico.gov.uk.


Feedback​
If you need any help in accessing information in this Publication Scheme, or have any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme, please contact the Publication Scheme Co-ordinator by writing to:

Anne-Marie Stretch
Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Human Resources
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Whiston Hospital
Warrington Road
PRESCOT
Merseyside
L35 5DR

Telephone: 0151 426 1600

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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