Can I get access to any information that I seek?

The following records come within the scope of the FOI Acts:

  • all records relating to personal information held by the St. James’s Hospital irrespective of      when they were created
  • all other records created from the commencement of the FOI Act (21 October 1999)
  • any records necessary to the understanding of a current record even if created prior to 21      October 1999.
  • personnel records of serving staff created from 21 October 1996 and those created prior to that date where being used or proposed to be used in a way which adversely affects or may affect the person involved.

However, in order to protect patient confidentiality and the ongoing business being conducted by the Hospital, it will sometimes be necessary to exempt from release certain types of information in some circumstances. These are set out in the Act. Among the key exemptions are records relating to:

  • confidential and commercially sensitive information,
  • personal information (other than information relating to the person making the request).

Requests may also be refused if they are deemed too voluminous or unclear but the Hospital is obliged to assist the requester in trying to overcome this.