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Freedom of Information Act:
Overview

How to Obtain Information

Our Publication Scheme has been designed to highlight information and publications that are currently available from Royal United Hospital NHS Trust.

With a few exceptions, these can be downloaded from our website.

If the information you require is not published on the Trust's Publication Scheme, you should apply in writing to the Trust's Data Protection Officer:

Simon Edwards
Information Governance Manager
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
Combe Park
BATH
BA1 3NG

Email: ruh-tr.FOIRequests@nhs.net

When making a request for information, you are not required to mention the Freedom of Information Act or reason for wanting the information.

Your request will be acknowledged and you can expect to receive the requested records (if held) within 20 working days.

All requests for information must be made in writing (e.g. letter, fax, email) clearly stating what information you are requesting and supply your name and address in order for us to respond.

The Trust may ask you for further information, which it reasonably requires in order to identify and locate the information that is requested.

Every effort is made to make information contained within this Publication Scheme available to people with special or different needs.

In some cases, information may be exempt from disclosure. If some of the information is of personal and confidential nature, it will be excluded as will any other confidential material.

Material relating to the health and safety of specific individuals, as to law enforcement or criminal or regulatory enforcement or audit issues under certain circumstances may also be excluded from publication.

There may be circumstances where material cannot be released because the appropriate officer of the authority has taken the view that it may be prejudicial to the conduct of public affairs.

Should this be the case, then we will state the reason why the information cannot be released and the course of action to appeal if not satisfied.

For a complete list of exemptions that may prevent disclosure, you are advised to refer to the Freedom of Information Act.

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