Freedom of Information Act 2000


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Ventnor Medical Centre’s freedom of information policy is based on the Information Commissioner's publication scheme.  The publication scheme requires the practice to make information available to the public as part of its normal activities. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below.

VMC Class 1 - Who we are and what we do - Organisational information, structures locations and contacts.
VMC Class 2 - What we spend and how we spend it - Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement and financial audits.
VMC Class 3 - What our priorities are and how we are doing - Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.
VMC Class 4 - How we make decisions - Decisions making processes and record of decisions.
VMC Class 5 - Our policies and procedures - Current written protocols policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.
VMC Class 6 - Lists and registers.
VMC Class 7 - The service we offer - information about the service we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public.  Information can be accessed via our website, practice leaflet on request.  The disclosure of personal data is subject to the Data Protection Act.  By law we have to respond to requests within 20 working days and some requests for information may be subject to a fee.

Classes of Information


Who we are and what we do.

Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.



Medical Research data Collection


The staff at this practice record information about you and your health so that you can receive the right care and treatment.  We need to record this information, together with the details of the care you receive, so that it is available each time we see you.


The information recorded about you may be used for reasons other than your personal care, for example to help to protect the health of the general public, to plan for the future, to train staff and to carry out medical and other health research.


We are involved in research studies which require access to anonymous information from patients' notes.  all directly identifiable details (name, address, post code, NHS number, full date of birth) are removed from your notes before they are collected for research, and automatic programs to de-personalise any free text (non structured or coded data) are run after information is collected.  Individual patients' records are added into a much larger anonymous database from many patients across the UK which is used by researchers outside this practice.  This data may be anonymously linked to other data, such as hospital data.


If you would like to opt out of this data collection scheme, please let your doctor know and your records will not be collected for use in the anonymous research database.  This will not affect your care in any way.


If anything to do with the research would require that you provide additional information about yourself, you will be contacted by your GP to see if you are willing to take part; you will not be identified in any published results.


You have the right of access to your health records.  If at any time you would like to know more, or have any concerns about how we use your information, please ask reception for more details.