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This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It is a description of the classes or types of information about the Trust which are made publicly available.

Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of the Trust’s information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, of which this Trust is one. By having such a Scheme, the Trust is undertaking to make available to the public the information listed in Part Two of this document.

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 and at common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment for us. 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 Deblina Dasgupta
Medical Director
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Homerton Row
London E9 6SR

Information management

Information falling into the classes outlined below will be retained in line with the Trust’s retention and disposal schedules, which comply with circular HSC1999/53 and Public Record Office Guidance.

Information not required for the business purposes of the Trust is stored at the Trust or at a place of deposit approved by the Lord Chancellor for the purpose of holding public records.

Information Governance lead - David Waters

Rights of access to information

At the present time, in addition to accessing the information identified in this Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust under the NHS Openness Code 1995, which is available on the Department of Health website. Hard copies are available free of charge from the Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NL, tel: 020 721 4850.

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 which services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standards of services that are expected and the results achieved. However, sometimes some or all of the information requested cannot be provided. If so, we will explain the reasons why it cannot.

As of 1st January 2005 the Freedom of Information Act also obliges us to respond to requests about the information which we hold and is recorded in any form, and it creates a right of access to that information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions, which we will take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.

We aim to respond to all Freedom of Information requets within twenty working days. If this is not possible, an explanation will be given. In most circumstances, there will be no charge for the information that we publish. However if there is a charge, you will be informed in advance.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your own clinical records or any other personal information held about you. To do this, you can contact:

Healthcare Records Manager
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Homerton Row 
London E9 6SR

More information about how to access your records can be found here