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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides individuals or organisations with the right to request information held by a public authority. This section of our website explains how you can find information about our hospital and the services we offer, and about the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust who manage our hospital as of the 1st February 2015.

Published information on our website

We publish a wide range of information on our website. This is the first place to search for the information that you wish to find. In addition, to assist you in finding the information that you require, the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust have produced a publication scheme, published in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme.

The following information is routinely published on the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust website:

If you cannot find the information you need

Information held by our trust that is not published under our Publication Scheme or available on our website can be requested in writing. Such a request will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Requests for information must be made in writing, giving a clear description of the information being requested, your name and contact details, to:

Simon Edwards
Information Governance Manager

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Combe Park


Or email

However, under the following circumstances the trust does not have to confirm or deny the existence of the information:

  • if an exemption applies
  • if the request is vexatious or similar to a previous request
  • if the cost of compliance exceeds an appropriate limit.

Should any of these cases apply, we will inform you in writing.

If you are dissatisfied with our response

If you are unhappy with a refusal to disclose information, you should first complain to the trust in writing or emailing.

James Scott

Chief Executive

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Combe Park



and request an internal review of the way your FOI request was dealt with. If you continue to be dissatisfied with the response, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner who will investigate that case and either agree with the trust’s decision or decide that the information must be disclosed.

The address of the Information Commissioner is:

Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Further information

Further details about charges which may be made for information published, protecting individual confidentiality, or how to pursue a query about the information that you receive can be found here.

Your information and how to access it

Rights to access

Everyone has the right to access personal data held about themselves in either computerised or manual form, whenever the record was made. This includes NHS medical records and private records made by doctors and other health professionals. As of 24 October 2001, the Data Protection Act 1998 'Subject Access' superseded the Access to Health Records Act 1990 (except in the case of a deceased person when the Access to Health Records Act 1990 still applies). Please see our advice pages for more information.