Freedom of Information Requests
25th November 2020
1st Floor West Wing
New Alderley Building
Macclesfield District General Hospital
Dear Claire Hubble,
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Virginity Testing/Hymen Inspections
Thank you for your information request indicated in bold below, which has now been
considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by NHS Cheshire Clinical
Commissioning Group (CCG). I am able to provide you with the following information
Please note from 1st April 2020, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire
CCG, NHS Vale Royal CCG and NHS West Cheshire CCG merged to form NHS
Cheshire CCG. You asked:
I am investigating requests for the inspection of a person's hymen for the
purpose of verifying whether they have had sexual intercourse.
1) How many people have received a hymen inspection for this purpose
2) How many people have requested to have a hymen inspection for this
purpose since 2015?
1 – 2) Based on a review of the EMIS data for Primary Care and SUS data for
Secondary Care, NHS Cheshire CCG has found no recorded instances of
people either requesting or receiving a hymen inspection for the purpose of
verifying whether they have had sexual intercourse since 2015.
If you have any queries or concerns, wish to request a review of our response or are
unhappy with the service you have received in relation to this Freedom of
Information request, please do not hesitate to contact the Freedom of Information
Requests team; details provided at the top of this letter.
Dr Andrew Wilson FRCGP
If you request a review of our response and are not content with the subsequent
outcome, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the Freedom of Information review procedure provided by NHS Cheshire
Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office
Director of Governance and Corporate Development
NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Re- Use of Information
Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of Information Act 2000 request will
be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by NHS Cheshire CCG.
The copyright in other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as indicated on
the information itself.
You are free to use any information supplied for your own non-commercial research or private study
purposes. The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a limitation or
exception in copyright law, such as news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example
by publishing the information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will require the
permission of the copyright owner. Therefore, you must ensure that you gain our permission before
reproducing any information. You may need a licence from us for this.
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