Before formally making a FOI request, please check this website to see if it contains the information you are looking for. In addition, the Trusts Publication Scheme provides a complete guide to what information is routinely published by the Trust, for example policies, procedures and minutes of meetings.
You are entitled to request whether we hold information on a specific area and then copies of the information itself. To formally make a request under the Freedom of Information Act you must submit your request in writing (email is satisfactory) and include an address (postal or email) to which correspondence can be sent.
Please note that requests should include a clear and specific description of the information you are seeking. When asking for statistical or historical data please ensure you include the period in which you are interested.
If you would like to make a request please do so either via the online form - click HERE.
Or by sending in your requests by post to:
FOI Act Lead
Jade Hub – Upper Level
Darent Valley Hospital
Darenth Wood Road
Kent DA2 8DA
Once we have received your request we will aim to respond within 20 working days or sooner.
If we exceed this time limit we will apologise and explain the reasons for this delay and give you an estimate of how long it will take to meet your request.
When responding we will firstly state whether or not we hold the information that you have requested. If we do hold this information we will, in the majority of cases, send this information to you.
There is however, some information that is exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, for example, information that may be of commercial interest.
Where an exemption is considered appropriate, we will explain the reasons why this is so and outline what steps you are entitled to take next.
If you are unhappy with the response to your request then in the first instance you should appeal directly to the Chief Executive. Appeals must be made in writing and sent to the standard Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust address.
If you remain dissatisfied following the appeals process, you have the right under section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act to apply to the Information Commissioner to seek resolution to the matter. Further details on how to do this can be found at: www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.