Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (The Act) was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, including the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Update November: Please note, we have recently recruited to our FOI Team therefore some requests may take longer than we would like. We thank you in advance for your patience and are working hard to resume service as normal.

The Act sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. The Act also amends the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Public Records Act 1958. Subject to the exemptions, any person who makes a request to a public authority for that information, must be informed whether the public authority holds that information. If it does, that information must be supplied, subject to certain conditions.

Trust Publication Scheme (2009)

You can find further detail on our publications here.

Every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme (first published 1/1/2005, and now revised 1/1/2009) setting out how it intends to publish the different classes of information it holds, and whether there is a charge for the information.

Two codes of practice (section 45 and section 46) issued under the Act provide guidance to public authorities about responding to requests for information, and records management. The Act is enforced by the Information Commissioner and was brought into force in two parts, with full implementation on 1 January 2005.

This publication scheme has been approved by the Information Commissioner and is based on the model publication schemes for use by acute hospital NHS Trusts. The scheme is in three parts, and is arranged for your convenience as follows:

Disclosure log

Please note, we receive hundreds of Freedom of Information Requests each and every year. We may have already answered your questions before or it may be included within our annual reports- please check our disclosure log:

If you can’t find the information you are looking for here on our website, you can submit a Freedom of Information request to, or by writing to:

Communications Office
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Armthorpe Road
Doncaster DN2 5LT
Tel: 01302 644246

Please note that all requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act must be ‘written’ requests.

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