Freedom of Information
The Practice produces a Publication Scheme which provides a guide to the services and practitioners who practice together at Long Furlong Medical Centre as required under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Publication Scheme can be accessed by following the link:Publication Scheme 2013-14.pdf
It is based on the model publication scheme for general practices produced by the NHS Freedom of Information (FOI) project board and the British Medical Association.
How Much Will it Cost?
Whilst the publication is free of charge there may be a cost to producing copies of the surgeries policies and procedures, which are available upon request from the Practice Manager. These costs are stated in the publication.
How is the Information Made Available?
The information within each Class may be available on the surgery website or by request, in writing, from the Practice Manager.
Your Rights to Information
In addition to accessing the information identified in the publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Long Furlong Medical Centre under the NHS Openness Code 1995.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run, how much they cost and how the decisions are made.
Since January 1st 2005 General Practices are required to respond to requests about information that it holds, recorded in any format, and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions, which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information it can release.
Under the Data Protection Act 1988, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. To access your clinical records please contact the Practice Manager, at the Surgery.
The Practice will continue to protect the personal data entrusted to us by disclosing only information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.