Freedom of information

Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to access any recorded information which is held by a public authority.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives any person the right to request any information which is held by a public authority. The purpose of it is to promote openness by public authorities by increasing transparency and accountability, and improving decision making.

We have two obligations under the Act:

  • Produce and maintain a publication scheme, setting out what information will be made routinely available, where it can be found and whether a charge will be made for it
  • Respond to individual requests for information which are not included in the publication scheme

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is a public authority, so we have a legal duty to adopt and maintain a scheme for the publication of information. Any person who makes a request for information to the Trust will be informed if we hold the information and be supplied with a copy of it if requested, unless an exemption applies.

Under Freedom of Information, public authorities are required to publish and maintain a publication scheme. The publication scheme is a list of the information held by the organisation, which is routinely available. It sets out the classes of information held and how it can be accessed.

The purpose of the scheme is to enable significant amounts of information to be made available without the need for a specific request. We aim to make much of the information we holds available online.

For more information about our Publication Scheme, contact:

Head of Information Governance
Informatics Building
Royal Bolton Hospital
Minerva Road

Tel: 01204 390861


For general information about the Freedom of Information Act, see the Information Commissioner’s website.