The Freedom of Information Act 2000 obliges the practice to produce a Publication Scheme. A Publication Scheme is a guide to the ‘classes’ of information the practice intends to routinely make available. This scheme is available from reception.
The Act recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run, how much they cost and how decisions are made.
It obliges General Practices to respond to requests about information that they hold and record in any format and it invokes a right to access that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions, which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information can be released.
The Freedom of Information Act does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality. Maintaining the legal rights regarding patients' confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part.
In addition to accessing the information identified in our publication scheme, you may request information about Riley House Surgery under the NHS Openness Code 1995.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you. However, some exemptions also apply here.