Freedom of information

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005. The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

The Information Commissioner's website has guidance on how to use the Freedom of Information Act.   

For more information from the hospital, email

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 the trust. 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.

For more information email

•File : Freedom of Information

Gateway to information

The Freedom of Information Act requires a publication scheme to specify the classes of information. Our intention is to publish as much information as possible on subjects in which there is known to be public interest. Exemptions under the FOI Act may mean some information from being is not released.

If you cannot find the information you looking for please email: Please provide the following information with your email:

  • Name of applicant
  • Postal address of applicant incl. post code
  • Contact daytime telephone number
  • Information requested (as much detail as possible)
    format required (hard copy, electronic copy email or CD, audio tape, translation)

The Trust will make every effort to meet special format requirements. Special requirements may take longer to fulfill.

•File : Publication scheme

Rights of access information

At the present time, in addition to accessing the information identified in the Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about the trust under the NHS Openness Code 1995. Hard copies are available free of charge from the Department of Health.

Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided and we will explain the reasons why not when this happens.

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.

From January 1st 2005 , the Act obliged the trust to respond to requests about information it holds and which is recorded in any form. It creates a right of access to that information. The rights to request and access this information are subject to some exemptions, which the trust has to take into consideration before deciding what information can be released.

Under the Data Protection Act 2018, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. You should write to:

North Middlesex University Hospital
Medical records department
Sterling Way
N18 1QX

For more information email

Foundation trust data protection

Any information given to the trust in connection with the NHS foundation trust status will only be used for that purpose. Names of members will be included on a public register unless we are notified in writing that you do not want your name to appear on a public register. Personal details will not be released to a third party without your written authority. The information will be stored and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

For further information, please call 0800 028 6394.

Page last updated: January 2018