Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information


As a large public sector organisation, we are committed to openness and accountability.  The Freedom of Information Act encourages public authorities to make as much information as possible to the public proactively.


Under the Act, we are required to adopt a publication scheme which contains information we routinely make available, and ensure that information is published in accordance with the scheme.  The Information Commissioner's Office introduced a Model Publication Scheme which we have adopted.


Publication schemes explain what information is routinely made available to you, where and when that information is available and whether there will be a charge for the information.


We make a significant amount of information available under our scheme. One of its benefits is that it makes information easily accessible and without charge. This means that, in many cases, the information you are looking for will already be available and there will be no need for you to make a formal request under the Act.


What information is available?


Available information is grouped under a number of classes of information.  Please click on the links on the left of the page to access this information.


  • PART 1: Introduction 
  • PART 2: The Classes of Information that we hold 
  • PART 3: Inspection and Monitoring Bodies, Index to the Publication Scheme, and Useful Resources


Freedom of Information requests


You may want information that isn't published anywhere on our website.  In this situation, you can make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Generally we will send you a response within 20 working days.  Where this is not possible we will keep you informed about progress with your request.


Please send any Freedom of Information requests to

email: FOI@stft.nhs.uk

or by post to

Freedom of Information

Private Office

South Tyneside District Hospital

Harton Lane

South Shields

NE34 0PL

(Please note we have experienced some difficulty in responding to some email addresses. eg hotmail accounts, please therefore provide a contact telephone number or postal address.)