The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 came into force on 1st January 2005.
The FOI Act was introduced so that public authorities, like the NHS are seen to be open and transparent in their business processes and to promote a culture of openness and accountability. The Act ensures that:
“Any member of the public has the ability to apply for access to recorded information held by public authorities - this could include policy details, procedures, minutes of meetings, etc”
Please note that this is non patient identifiable information as in the majority of cases requests for patient identifiable information will be made under the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Access to Health Records Act 1990.
Therefore, the FOI Act provides people with a legal ‘right to know’ and 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. The FOI Act gives people a right to obtain official information held by Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) unless the organisation can show there is good reason for the information to be exempt from publication. The FOI Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.
Please submit your freedom of information request in writing to:
The Freedom of Information Officer
Hywel Dda University Health Board, Corporate Offices, Ystwyth Building, St David's Park, Job's Well Road
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3BB
Telephone: 01267 239730
The Information Commissioner who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the FOI Act has drawn up a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations. It has been adopted without modification and is valid until further notice. The Information Commissioner has also published a definition document for NHS organisations which sets out, in some detail, what his minimum expectations are as far as the University Health Board is concerned.
The University Health Board has developed a guide to our information which sets out the type of information the University Health Board produces and the associated decision making processes which are made publicly available. Most of the information that the University Health Board holds is routinely available and can be accessed through this website by using the search facility. This information is regularly updated.
Generally information available through the Publication Scheme will be free of charge, although the University Health Board may charge if the information is required in a hard copy or to be copied onto a different type of media.
Write to us:
The Freedom of Information Officer, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Corporate Offices, Ystwyth Building, St David's Park, Job's Well Road, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3BB
Telephone: 01267 239730
Write to them:
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
Fax: 01625 524 510
Visit the website:
The University Health Board will make every effort to provide you with the information you have requested. However, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act recognises that there will be valid reasons why some kinds of information may be withheld, such as if its release would prejudice national security or damage commercial interests.
To view the University Health Board’s FOI Policy which includes guidance on exemptions, charges and fees, complaints, appeals process and others.
If the University Health Board is unable to release some or all of the information you request, it will explain this to you.
Most of the information we provide in response to Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests will be subject to copyright protection. In some cases the copyright will be owned by us, in other cases the copyright may be owned by another person or organisation, when someone else owns the information we will tell you on the information we provide.
You can use the information we have published for your own private study or non-commercial research, and research for news reporting, but you cannot use this information for any other reason including publishing it on your social media, website or printing in a publication. You will need to get our or the other copyright owners permission before you do this.
To help you understand when you can and cannot re-use our information we have a reuse and copyright of information page. This page explains the things you have to do to apply to re-use our information in your own way. Where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation you must ask them for their permission to use it by contacting them direct.
In order to help you further, we have developed a disclosure log which lists the enquiries we have had and the replies we provided.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and the associated Fees Regulations stipulate that the University Health Board 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, the University Health Board is allowed to charge for disbursements related to the provision of information and any reformatting requested by the applicant provided it ensures that applicants are aware of any charges which may be made.
No charges will be made for any information accessed via the University Health Board's website.
If you want any further information about the provision of information or have any difficulty accessing information provided on the University Health Board’s website, please contact the Freedom of Information Officer.