HOSPITAL NHS TRUST
Freedom of Information
(FOI) Act 2000
Making a complaint
At Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, we aim to provide
services of a consistently high standard. To help achieve this aim,
we want to hear any suggestions, comments or complaints you
may have on the services we provide under the FOI Act 2000.
The FOI Act 2000 gives people a general right of access to
information held by most public authorities, including Northampton
General Hospital NHS Trust.
This leaflet tel s you how to let us know if you are dissatisfied with
our services under the FOI Act, or feel that you have been unfairly
treated by us. These concerns may be about our Publication
Scheme or about the outcome of a request for information.
How to make an FOI complaint
In most cases, the Information Governance Manager will be able
to resolve any concerns you have as they arise. Contact details
for the Information Governance Manager are: Tel 01604 523881
If you are unhappy with matters concerning our Publication
Scheme or if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request
for information, you may make a written complaint including email/
ask for an internal review to the Information Governance (I.G.)
Team, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, Cliftonville,
Northampton, NN1 5BD. Email: email@example.com Fax: (01604)
Written complaints regarding our Publication Scheme should be
submitted as soon as possible.
Complaints/internal review requests about written requests for
information should be submitted to the Trust within two months
of the date of receipt of the final response to your request for
What should be included
in your letter of complaint?
It will help us if you could show 'FOI Complaint' at the top of your
complaint letter or in the subject line of your email, and then:
(a) Tell us what your complaint is.
(b) Explain what happened, or what went wrong (details); and
(c) Tell us what you would like to happen - do you want an apology?
This will help to clarify the issue for the internal review at
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and to make sure that
we have a shared understanding of your concerns.
Our response to you
On receipt of your written complaint an acknowledgement will be sent
to you within 2 working days. It will then be investigated as quickly
as possible and every effort made to send a full response within 20
working days of receipt.
In the event that investigations are not complete, we will contact you
again to keep you informed of progress.
If, after investigations by Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust,
you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you may
wish to consider taking your complaint further as outlined below.
External appeal to the
If we are unable to provide you with a satisfactory response to
your complaint you can ask the Information Commissioner to
investigate further. You should do this as soon as possible and
within two months of receiving the Trust's final response.
Complaints about possible breaches of the FOI Act 2000 should
be sent to:
FOI Case Reception Unit
Information Commissioner's Office
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Please note that the Information Commissioner is a regulator, not
an ombudsman. He will make an assessment as to whether or
not the provisions of the FOI Act 2000 have been complied with.
For more information on when and how to complain to the
Information Commissioner, please read the Information
Commissioner's Office leaflet: Freedom of Information Act 2000
and Environmental Information Regulations 2004: When and
how to complain, available from the ICO website www.ico.org.uk
Northampton General Hospital operates a smoke-free policy. This
means that smoking is not allowed anywhere on the Trust site,
this includes all buildings, grounds and car parks.
Car parking at Northampton General Hospital is extremely limited
and it is essential to arrive early, allowing ample time for parking.
You may find it more convenient to be dropped off and collected.
This information can be provided in other languages and formats
upon request. Contact (01604) 544516 or the Patient Advice &
Liaison Service (PALS) on (01604) 545784, email: pals@ngh.
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