The Freedom of Information Act allows members of the public certain rights to access information created and held by the Trust. Under the Act public authorities, of which East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is one, have two main duties:
  • to respond to written requests from members of the public for information held by the authority
  • to maintain a Publication Scheme

Our Publication Scheme has been available since October 2003, and it makes available any information routinely published by the Trust.

The purpose of the Act is to encourage a more open culture in the public sector and to give the public access to the information created by public authorities in their day-to-day decision making.

The Act means that members of the public from anywhere in the world can request information, subject to certain exemptions, relating to the Trust's business, for example about our buildings or how we spend our money.

Personal information

Access to your own personal records that may be held by the Trust is not covered by this Act: this still falls under the Data Protection Act.

If you would like access to your medical records, please contact the Medical Records Department, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Rd, Blackburn, BB2 3HH.

For access to other personal information that the Trust holds on you, please contact the Information Governance Team, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Rd, Blackburn, BB2 3HH.

What you need to know about the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Your rights - The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives people the right to access information held by public authorities. Under the Act anyone, not just in the UK, can request information.

Some of the information you want may already be available via this Publication Scheme. If you would like to request information held by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust that is not included in our Publication Scheme. please read the following set of guidelines (click on the headings to reveal the information):

How to make a request

Requests for information must be made in writing. Telephone requests cannot be accepted. We accept requests in the form of:

  • Letter
  • Email

Send your request to:

Freedom of Information Requests
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Chief Executive's Office
Trust Headquarters
Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
Haslingden Road
BB2 3HH 

Or email:

You must include your full contact details, stating in what format you would like to receive the information.

We will send you confirmation of the request, including a reference number, which you should quote in any communication with us relating to your request. We will also tell you when you should expect a reply, which, under the terms of the Act, has to be within 20 working days.


In some cases it will be necessary to charge you for the information. Please see the scale of charges detailed in our Publication Scheme. You will be issued with a fees notice, which you must pay within 3 months. If this is not paid, we will not provide you with the information you requested. If the charges for the request exceed the set upper limit of £450, we will give you some assistance as to what information could be provided to bring the cost below the limit.


Under the terms of the Act some of the information you request may be exempt from disclosure. If this is the case, we will inform you as to what information we will and will not disclose, including what exemption/s have been applied.

Occasionally, our response may take longer than the 20 working days prescribed in the Act because of applying exemptions.

If this is the case we will inform you, giving you a date by which we hope to have replied. If any further delays occur, we will advise you of them as necessary.


Once payment (if required) has been made, we will send you the information requested, provided it is held by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and is not exempt from disclosure. We will try to supply the information in the format you requested, as far as possible.

If we know that the information is held by another public authority, we can transfer your request and contact details to the authority. If you do not want us to do this, then please let us know and we will supply you with relevant contact details of the other public authority so that you can make the request yourself.


If you do not think that your request for information has been handled satisfactorily, you have the right  to have an internal investigation carried out into the way your request has been handled. Complaints should be directed to:

Associate Director of Corporate Governance (Company Secretary)
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters
Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
Haslingden Road


The information sent to you is subject to East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust's copyright, unless otherwise indicated. Unless expressly indicated on the material to the contrary, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading manner.

Where any of the copyright items are being re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status. Permission to reproduce material does  not extend to any material provided to you that is the copyright of third parties. You must obtain authorisation to reproduce such material from the copyright holders concerned.

For HMSO Guidance Notes on a range of copyright issues, see the HMSO website: or contact:

HMSO Licensing Division
St Clements House
2-16 Colegate

Tel: 01603 621000

Fax: 01603 723000


Section 1: Who We Are and What We Do

a) About Us Click Here
b) Our Trust Board and meeting dates Click Here
c) Our Board Members Click Here
d) Our Trust Board Papers Click Here
e) Strategic Framework-Our Vision and Values Click Here
f) Our Latest Annual Report Click Here
g) Our Latest Annual Review Click Here
h) Our Latest Quality Account Click Here
i) Our Latest Annual Accounts Click Here
j) Our Latest Operational Plan Click Here
k) Our Clinical Strategy Click Here
l) Our Hospitals and Locations Click Here
m) Our Internal Structures Click Here
n) Our Wards, Services and Departments Click Here
o) Our Senior Management Teams
o) Key Organisations With Which We Work in Partnership
p) Information and Leaflets for Patients
q) Our Awards Confirm link
r) Patient, Family and Carers Experience Strategy Click Here

Section 2: What We Spend and How We Spend It

a) Financial statements, budgets and variance reports

Annual Report

b) Monthly Expenditure Over £25, 000 Expenditure over £25000
c) Financial Audit Reports Click Here
d) Our Capital Programme Click Here
e) Our Annual Budget Click Here
f)  Board Member Allowances and Expenses Click Here
g) Senior Staff Allowances and Expenses Click Here
h) Our Annual Accounts Click Here
i) Policy on Allowances and Expenses Conferences and Study Leave
j) Staff Pay and Grading Structures
k) Our Funding Click Here
l) Our Charitable Funds Charitable Funds Annual Report
m) Our Procurement and Tendering Processes
n) Details of Contracts currently being tendered Click Here
o) Our Latest Procurement Workplan Click Here
p) OJEC adverts for tender Click Here
q) Contracts awarded >£30,000  
r) Standing Financial Instructions 2017 Click Here
s) Standing Orders 2017 Click Here

Section 3: What Our Priorities Are and How We Are Doing


a) Our Latest Annual Report Click Here
b) Our Latest Quality Account Click Here
c) Our Latest Annual Accounts Click Here
d) Our Latest Business Plan  
e) Our Latest Clinical Strategy Click Here
f) Our Latest Progress Reports to Trust Board Click Here
g) What Our Regulators Say About Us Click Here
h) Audit Committee Summary Report delivered at the Trust Board Click Here
i) Our Service Users Opinions


Section 4: How We Make Decisions

a) Board Papers  
b) Patient and Public Engagement Strategy There are no ongoing public consultations in relation to the Trust at this point
c) Public Consultations Governance Handbook
d) Committee Handbook Governance Handbook
e) Internal Guidance

Section 5: Our Policies and Procedures

These policies and procedures can be accessed by contacting

The Policy Master Index can be accessed here.

Section 6: Lists and Registers

a) Declarations of Interest

To view the register of Directors interests click here

To view the full register of interests click here

.b) Declarations of Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship

To view the register of gifts click here

To view the register of hospitality and sponsorship click here.

c) Main Contractors/Suppliers

Ranking Supplier Name
1 Consort Healthcare (Blackburn) Ltd
2 NHS Supply Chain
3 Rowlands Pharmacy
4 Community Health Partnerships
5 Healthcare At Home Ltd
6 Spc Ltd
7 Aah Pharmaceuticals Ltd Hills
8 Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Ltd
9 Roche Products Ltd
10 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Uk Ltd

d) Land and Building Asset Register

This can be viewed here. 

e) Capital Assets Register

This is currently being updated. 

f) Information Assets Register 

Please email 

g) CCTV Locations

Royal Blackburn Hospital

  • internally at entrances/exits, lifts, public hospital corridors, canteen area
  • externally at car parks, hospital grounds and hospital buildings

Burnley General Hospital

  • internally at entrances/exits, public hospital corridors, canteen area, Lancashire Women and New born Centre
  • externally at car parks, hospital grounds and hospital buildings

Accrington Victoria Hospital

  • internally at entrances/exits, public hospital corridors,
  • externally at car parks, hospital grounds and hospital buildings

Clitheroe Community Hospital

  •  internally at entrances/exits, public hospital corridors, externally at car parks, hospital grounds and hospital buildings

h) FOI Disclosures Log

  • The Freedom of Information Disclosures Log can be accessed here.

Section 7: The Services We Offer

a)  Our Clinical Services Click Here
b)  Our Non Clinical Services Click Here
c)  Services for which We Recover Fees  
d)  Fees Recovered For Service  
e)  Patient Information Leaflets Click Here
f)  Newsletters Click Here
g) Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Click Here
h) Corporate Communications and Media Releases Click Here