Virginity testing/hymen inspections
Claire Hubble made this Freedom of Information request to Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as part of a batch sent to 262 authorities
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Dear NHS trusts,
I would like to request the following information under the Freedom Information Act 2000:
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 since 2015?
2. How many people have requested to have a hymen inspection for this purpose since 2015?
Please provide the information electronically in a spreadsheet format.
Dear Claire Hubble
We acknowledge receipt of your email to Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS
Freedom of Information request - Virginity testing/hymen inspections
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
However, right now, like the rest of the NHS, we are facing unprecedented
challenges relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Understandably, our resources have been diverted to support our
front-line colleagues who are working tremendously hard to provide care
for our patients, and to those in need of our services.
We strive to be transparent and to work with an open culture. But at this
time, whilst care of our patients and the safety of our staff takes
precedent, it is likely that responses to some requests for information
will be delayed. We apologise for this position in advance, and will
endeavour to provide you with as much information as we can, as soon as we
The Information Commissioners Office has recognised the current situation
in the NHS.
The reference number for your email is FOI20-720.
Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please reply
to this email leaving the subject line unchanged.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT
I write in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
received by the Trust.
In line with the Act the Trust confirms that it does not hold the
information you have requested in the following format:
1. How many people have received a hymen inspection for this purpose since
2. How many people have requested to have a hymen inspection for this
purpose since 2015? 0
We believe we have responded to this request in line with our
obligations. However, if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your
request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review
requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of
the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: The NHS
Foundation Trust Secretary, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust, Calow, Chesterfield S44 5BL or via e-mail to
[Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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