Freedom Of Information

In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 public sector organisations such as ours have to routinely publish information whenever possible.

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up what is called a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector
organisations which we have decided to adopt and formally commit to. The Commissioner has also published a ‘Definition Document for NHS Organisations' which sets out in some detail what his minimum expectations are as far as we are concerned.

We have reviewed the information we routinely put into the public domain to ensure we are compliant with the Definition document.

Most of the information we make routinely available can be accessed through our website by using the search facility. Such information is continually updated. If you cannot find information through the search engine and we have indicated in the definition document that the information is routinely available this may be because the information cannot be loaded onto our website. In such circumstances please contact us and ask for the information to be provided to you.

Accessing information which is not included in the Publication Scheme.

As an open and transparent organisation we are committed to routinely publishing as much information as possible; however if you want information which is not on our website or otherwise available through our guide to information you may ask us for it in accordance with further provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and of the Environmental Information Regulations 2005. Please note that this Act only covers requests for corporate information (statistics, reports, policies etc.) held by the Trust, it does not cover requests for personal information. Requests for corporate information should be sent to

Freedom of Information Group
C/O Medical Directors Office
LTH NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Preston Hospital
Sharoe Green Lane


By law we have to deal with such requests within 20 working days. If you make a request and are not satisfied with the way in which we deal with it you may ask us to review any decision we make. If you wish us to undertake such a review you should write to us as soon as possible and within 2 months of receiving the FOI response.

You should write to;

The Review Manager
Freedom of Information
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sharoe Green Lane


Any review will normally be under the control and direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process

If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner whose address is

The Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Fees and Charges

The Freedom of Information Act and the associated Fees Regulations stipulate that we cannot levy a fee for information unless there is a statutory basis for doing so or the amount of time taken to locate the information exceeds 18 hours. However we are allowed to charge for disbursements related to the provision of information and any reformatting requested by the applicant provided we ensure that applicants are aware of any charges which may be made.

No charges will be made for any information accessed via our website.

If you want any further information about the provision of information or have any difficulty accessing information provided on our website please contact

Chorley and South Ribble Hospital
Preston Road
Tel: 01257 261222

Royal Preston Hospital
Sharoe Green Lane
Tel: 01772 716565