Introduction To The Publication Scheme

What is a publication scheme?

This publication scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. It is a description of the information about our Trust that we make publicly available. We shall review the publication scheme at regular intervals and monitor how it is operating.

It is important to us that this scheme meets your needs. We have designed it to be a route map so that you can find information about The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust easily. Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust information. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities (of which the Trust is one).

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Patient confidentiality

The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protect 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 on our part. To help with this, we have appointed a Caldicott Guardian who is responsible for ensuring the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights. In Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, our Caldicott Guardian is:

Dr Paul Sigston
Medical Director
Trust Headquarters
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Hermitage Lane
Kent
ME16 9QQ

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Rights of Access

Currently, in addition to accessing information identified in this Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust under the Code of practice on openness in the NHS 2003. This is available free of charge from the Department of Health website and hard copies are available free of charge from the Department of Health:

Department of Health Publications Order line
PO Box 777
London SE1 6XH
Tel: 0300 123 1002
(Minicom 0300 123 1003)
8am to 6pm Monday to Friday
Fax: 0162 372 45 24

Sometimes, some or all of the information cannot be provided, and we will explain the reasons why information is not available 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 1st January 2005, the Act obliges the Trust to respond to requests about the information which it holds, and is recorded in any form, and 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 1998, you are entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. To do this, you should contact:

The Medico-Legal Clerk
C/o Medical Records
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Hermitage Lane
Kent
ME16 9QQ

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Feedback

Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent to:
Freedom of Information Officer
Trust Headquarters
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Hermitage Lane
Kent
ME16 9QQ

Email: MTW-TR.FOIadmin@nhs.net

FAX : 01622 226416

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