Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information Act (FOI): Model Publication Scheme

This document complies with the requirements of the Information Commissioner’s Model Publication Scheme for Lawrence i-Care Optometrists in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and fulfils the obligations on opticians’ practices under the Act.

Introduction

This is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by Lawrence i-Care Optometrists.  It is a description of the information about our NHS services that we make publicly available.  It will be reviewed at regular intervals.

 

How is the information made available?

The information within each Class is available in hard copy from:

 

Constitutional Buildings, High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3AW

 

or can be printed from htttp://www.i-care.co.uk/legal/freedom-of-information

 

This guide information

We will publish any changes we make to this guide or relevant information.  We will also publish any proposed changes or additions to publications already available.

 

Cost of Information

For the most part, we will only charge for hard copies, or copies onto media.  Charges are as follows and will be reviewed regularly.

  • Accessed from our website – free of charge
  • Single hard copies – free of charge
  • As the Freedom of Information Act applies to the provision of information, a request for multiple hard copies does not fall within the provisions of the Act and will attract a charge for retrieval, photocopying and postage. We will inform you of the cost of these charges that will have to be paid in advance.
  • E-mail will be free of charge.

 

 

Your Rights to Information

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is designed to promote openness and accountability amongst all organisations that receive public money.

 

  • Like all NHS contractors, since 1 January 2005 there has been a FOI obligation on optical practices to respond to requests about the NHS related information that they hold, and a right of access to that information has been established in law.

 

  • These rights are subject to exemptions (see below) that have to be taken into consideration before releasing information.

 

  • In addition to accessing the information identified in this guide, you are entitled to request information about our NHS services under the NHS Openness Code 1995.

 

  • Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you and you can contact any practice where your records are held to do this.

 

Feedback

If you have any comments about the operation of the Publication Scheme, or how we have dealt with your request for information from the scheme, please write to:

 

Lawrence i-Care Optometrists, Constitutional Buildings, High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3AW

Classes of Information

All NHS information at Lawrence i-Care Optometrists is held, retained and destroyed within NHS guidelines.  Our commitment to publish information excludes any information that can be legitimately withheld under the exemptions set out in the NHS Openness Code or Freedom of Information Act 2000, the main reasons being the protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998.  This scheme has been written in accordance with those exemptions.  The information on this Scheme is grouped into the following categories:

  • Who we are and what we do
  • Practice background
  • List of practices including contact phone numbers
  • Details of the opticians and optometrists employed in our practices can be obtained by contacting that practice directly.
  • Alternatively, details of all opticians and optometrists registered in the UK are available from the General Optical Council Tel: 0207 580 3898.
  • Company Registration number Companies House – 6778365 / General Optical Council – CO-3698

 

 

2)       Financial and funding information: what we spend and how we spend it

For every sight test performed on behalf of the NHS the practice receives a set fee, which is fixed nationally. This practice also carries out the following enhanced services on behalf of the NHS: ACES (acute community eye care scheme), glaucoma referral refinement scheme. The fees paid by the NHS for each service are available from the practice on request. They include a contribution towards optometrists’ and staff salaries, equipment costs and other practice overheads. Information in this class will be published only where it is unlikely adversely to affect the commercial position of the firm or practice

 

Full details of the company accounts can be found from Companies House

 

3)       Our Priorities

To provide our patients with high quality eye care

 

4)       Decision Making

Any decisions made about the provision of NHS-funded services will be reflected in the services we provide and in the contract(s) held with the PCT.

 

5)      Our policies and procedures

  • Complaints
  • Data protection
  • Health and safety

 

They are available on request from Lawrence i-Care Optometrists, Constitutional Buildings, High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3AW

 

Complaints

If you have a complaint about any of our products or services, please do discuss any problems with the manager at the practice concerned in the first instance. We find that most issues can be put right at this stage.

 

If the matter cannot be resolved in this way or you are unsatisfied with the response you receive please contact Irfaan Adamally on 01342 323463.  A full copy of our complaints policy is available on request or at http://www.i-care.co.uk/legal and can be found in Class 6.

 

 

6)      Lists and Registers

We don’t keep lists and registers. Our patient records are confidential.

 

7)      The Services We Offer

Lawrence i-Care Optometrists provide NHS-funded sight tests for those who are eligible.  Patients may also be entitled to NHS vouchers that can be used against the purchase of spectacles or contact lenses as required. To find out if you are eligible for this assistance please click here / ask for details in any of our practices.

 

The practice also provides the following NHS-funded enhanced services ACES (acute community eye care scheme) and glaucoma referral refinement

 

Appointments for sight tests can be booked over the phone on 01342 323463 or by dropping into the practice.

 

Opening times are

Monday           9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Tuesday          9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Wednesday     9am-12:45pm

Thursday         9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Friday              9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Saturday         9am-12:45pm

Sunday            Closed

 

 

 

Regular publications and information for the public

Information about optical and ocular conditions, sight tests, spectacles, and contact lenses, can be found on www.i-care.co.uk & a number of other websites including www.college-optometrists.org 

 

Some of this information is also available in patient leaflets.  These are freely available from all our practice.  To request a set of leaflets by post, please write to:

 

Lawrence i-Care Optometrists, Constitutional Buildings, High Street, East Grinstead, RH19 3AW

                    

 

 

 

 

Useful Resources

 

Websites:

  • Information Commissioner

www.ico.gov.uk

  • Ministry of Justice

http://www.justice.gov.uk/whatwedo/freedomofinformation.htm

 

 

 

Publications:

  • NHS Openness Code

www.doh.gov.uk/nhsexec/codemain.htm

  • Freedom of Information Act 2000

www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/20000036.htm

 

January 2009

 

Copyright:

 

Material available through this publication scheme is copyright unless otherwise indicated.  Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is done so accurately in a manner that will not mislead.  Where items are re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source and acknowledge copyright status.  This permit does not extend to third party material, accessed through the scheme.

 

For HMSO Guidance notes on FOI publication schemes see www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm.