Freedom of Information

As a public organisation, Dorset HealthCare strives to be open and accountable, and to share appropriate information that allows members of the public and interested parties to understand more about the Trust's activities.

Because Dorset HealthCare is publicly funded, it complies with the principles and rules set out in the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which gives members of the public the right to access certain types of information. The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority, but does not cover personal data (information about yourself) such as health records – you can request this type of information by making a Subject Access Request.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act lists sets out information which should be published under the Information Publication Scheme, and also allows individuals and interested parties to request official information held by the Trust. There may be occasions when the information requested cannot be supplied – for example, if it is not held by the Trust, or an exemption applies – but we will explain the reasons if that is the case.

Our Freedom of Information Policy illustrates our procedure for dealing with information requests under the FOI Act (2000).

How to request information

If you can't see the information you are looking for within the Information Publication Scheme, you can make an information request under the general rights of access to information.

You can this by writing to the Trust Secretary at the address below, or by emailing

Trust Secretary
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Sentinel House
Nuffield Industrial Estate
Nuffield Road
Dorset BH17 0RB

We will respond to your information request within 20 working days. Sometimes, some or all of the information requested cannot be provided. We will explain the reasons why not if this happens.

The purpose of the Freedom of Information scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament, but charges made by Dorset HealthCare for routinely published material will be justified and transparent, and kept to a minimum.

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