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Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) you have the right to request access to information held by public sector organisations, of which North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is one.

Publication Scheme

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is the UK's independent information rights watchdog and has introduced a model publication scheme for public sector organisations such as NHS trusts. The scheme contains seven classes of information. These are shown in the navigation headings on the left. If you are looking for information about North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, you will find it in one of these sections or by looking through our About us section.

If you are a patient and wish to apply for access to your health record; you can find out how to access your own information in our inpatient section.

How to request information

If you cannot find the information you require on our website, you can send a request to the Trust using the following contact details:

Freedom of Information Team
Cumberland Infirmary


Please note that the Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions, and it may be the case that a request falling under one of these exemptions cannot be fulfilled. Also in some cases where a request is exceptionally complex or wide-ranging a fee may be applied following discussion with and the agreement of the person making the request.

The Trust publishes its responses to previous requests for information in its 'disclosure log'.

Data protection and Freedom of Information

The Data Protection Act 1998 primarily functions to safeguard and protect information held about individuals. It also provides individuals with a right of access to any personal information held that relates to them.  The FOI Act 2000 does not give individuals access to their personal information. Any such request would be treated as a Data Protection Act subject access request. If the individual chooses to make this information public, it could be used alongside non-personal information gained by the public under the terms of the FOI Act.

Please see our leaflets for further information:

Environmental information regulations

The environmental information regulations give you the right to obtain information about the environment held by public authorities, unless there are good reasons to keep it confidential.

NHS openness code

Our Trust is committed to the NHS Openness Code