The Trust is facing an
unprecedented challenge during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Our resources are being diverted away from the usual compliance and
information rights work. Whilst we recognise that statutory
timescales cannot be extended, we apologise that we will not be
able to respond to your request for information within normal
timescales during this extraordinary period. In order to support
our teams, we would ask that - wherever possible - you hold your
request and re-submit once the national position has settled. If
you cannot defer your request, there may well be a delay in our
ability to respond. Thanks for your assistance at this challenging
What is the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
The Freedom of Information Act was passed on the 30th November
2000 and came into force on the 1st January 2005. It aims to
promote a culture of openness and accountability in the public
sector, by providing people with a general right of access to all
types of recorded information held by public authorities. The Act
replaces the Open Government Code of Practice which has been in
operation since 1994.
The Act requires all public authorities to produce publication
schemes, setting out what information they will make available
as a matter of course, and when and how they will make it
Who is covered by the Act?
The Act applies to all public authorities. This
includes government departments, local authorities, NHS bodies,
schools, colleges and universities, and the police, House of
Commons and House of Lords.
What does it mean for County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust?
The Act affects everyone in the Trust
There is a statutory duty to implement the Act
It allows anyone to find out whether information is held, and if
it is, to have access to it
There are no time limits on how far back someone can gain access
to information, it is as far back as we hold the information
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are committed to
providing timely and accessible information to the public and
responding to reasonable requests for information.
What is an FOI request and how do I make one?
An FOI request is a request for information under the FOI
Act. Your request for information must be in writing, include
a name and address for correspondence (email address is also
acceptable) and describe the information that you are requesting,
giving us enough detail about the information in order to allow us
to correctly identify and find it.
Where possible, responses to requests for information will be
supplied in the format requested by the Applicant. However,
responses may be supplied by providing a copy of the original
document, a summary of the original or by allowing the Applicant to
visit Trust premises to read the document(s).
Your request must be dealt with within twenty working days of
receipt (or after the payment of any relevant fee). Copies of our
are uploaded onto our website.
There are three main ways of making a request for
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital