Freedom of Information (FOI)

Welcome to East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Freedom of Information pages. Below are quick links to Trust documents that are available under the FOI Act.

What is FOI?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires all public authorities, including the NHS, to publish information about that organisation. The Freedom of Information pages contain information routinely published by the Trust under the Trust's publication scheme.

How to make a request

If you would like to make a request for information please take a look at our Disclosure Log to see if question has been answered recently.  If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us.

Please note that under the Freedom of Information Act, all requests must be made in writing. You must also provide your real name and an address to which our response can be sent (for example, an email or postal address).

If you are seeking to obtain copies of your own medical health records (or somebody else's which may be entitled to have), please note that this is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act (2000). You can obtain a copy of your health records by contacting our Access to Records Department.

Advice and Assistance

If you require Freedom of Information advice, or assistance in formulating a request, please email ekh-tr.FOI@nhs.net. Please be clear that your request is for preliminary advice or assistance, and not a request for information. 

The Information Commissioner's Office has a guide on How to access information from a public body which you may also find useful.

FOI re-use and copyright

We retain copyright to all information we disclose to you and any information we supply to you under FOIA should be for your personal use.  

Information released under FOI can be re-used free of charge under an open government licence.  A copy of this licence can be found here.    

Other information may incur a marginal cost under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations before re-use is allowed. Information that can be transmitted to you electronically will not incur such a cost.  

Guide to information

Under section 19 of the FOI Act all public authorities, including NHS trusts, are required to produce a publication scheme.

Our Publication Scheme details the information about our organisation which we make publicly available. We have adopted the Information Commissioner’s (ICO) Model Publication Scheme in its entirety. The publication scheme contains seven classes of information and information falling in each of these classes is published on our website and can be accessed using the links in the following guide:

  • Who we are and what we do
    Provides organisational information and structures, details of key personnel, locations and documents showing how the Trust fits into the NHS structure.
  • What we spend and how we spend it
    Documents providing financial information on funding details, annual statement of accounts, budget reports, audit reports and standing financial instructions.
  • How we make decisions
    Documents outlining the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust decision making processes. Including board papers, minutes and agendas.
  • List and registers
    Asset registers, lists of main contractors and suppliers and other publicly available information registers.
  • The services we offer
    Documents providing information on the services offered by East Kent Hospitals, including leaflets and newsletters.
  • Parking revenues

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Information management

Information falling into the Classes we define will be retained in line with our retention and disposal schedules, which comply with circular HSC1999/53 and Public Record Office Guidance.

Our internal procedures for processing an FOI Request