Freedom of Information Act

Welcome to the Publication Scheme for Andrew Martin Optometrist as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Introduction

How much does it cost?

The publications are free unless otherwise indicated. Where information is provided at cost, the charges will be calculated as set out in Class 7.

How the information is made available?

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

66 Boldmere Road
Sutton Coldfield
B73 5TJ

or can be printed from this website.

Your Rights to Information

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is designed to promote openness and accountability amongst all organisations that receive public money.
  • From January 1st 2005 it will oblige opticiansí and optometristsí practices to respond to requests about the NHS related information that it holds, and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions that have to be taken into consideration before releasing information.
  • In addition to accessing the information identified in the publication scheme, you are entitled to request information about our NHS services under the NHS Openness Code 1995.
  • New environmental information regulations may be introduced as early as 2003. These will enable similar access to environmental information as under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
  • 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:
Andrew Martin
66 Boldmere Road
Sutton Coldfield
B73 5TJ

Classes of Information

All NHS information at Andrew Martin Optometrist 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. From 2005, individual Classes are subject to exemptions, the main reasons being the protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998. This Scheme had been written in accordance with those exemptions. The information on this Scheme is grouped into the following categories:

1) Who we are?

  • Andrew Martin Optometrist is an independent optometry practice
  • The practice address is 66 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5TJ , Telephone number is 0121-354-6411
  • Details of all the Opticians and Optometrists employed in the practices can be obtained by contacting the practice directly.
  • Alternatively, details of all opticians and optometrists registered in the UK are available from the General Optical Council, Tel: 0207-580-3898.or www.optical.org
  • Company Registration number is 04712078

2) Our services

Our practice provides free NHS eye tests for those who are eligible. You may also be entitled to vouchers that can be used against the purchase of glasses or contact lenses if you require them. To find out if you are eligible for assistance please click here or ask for details in our practice.

Appointments for eye tests can be booked over the phone on 0121-354-6411, or by dropping into the practice at 66 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5TJ

3) Financial and funding information

For every eye test performed on behalf of the NHS the practice receives a set fee of £18.89. For every diabetic eye screening episode performed on behalf of the NHS the practice receives a set fee of £18.89.For every cataract referral made on behalf of the NHS using choose and book the practice receives a set fee of £19.00. For every visual field test preformed for the DVLA the practice receives a set fee of £40.00 (plus VAT). These fees covers expenses such as optometrist and staff salaries, equipment costs and other practice overheads.

If you are not eligible for the NHS eye test, please contact the practice for details of our current charges.

4) Regular publications and information for the public

A complete set of information about optical and ocular conditions, eye tests, glasses, and contact lenses, can be found on www.andrew-martin.co.uk

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:
Andrew Martin Optometrist
66 Boldmere Road
Sutton Coldfield
B73 5TJ

5) Complaints

If you have a complaint about any of our products or services, we recommended that you first discuss any problems with the manager at the practice. If the matter cannot be resolved in this way or you are unsatisfied with the response you receive please contact Andrew Martin on 0121-354-6411. A full copy of our complaints policy is available on and can be found in Class 6.

6) Our policies and procedures

  • Complaints
  • Data protection
  • Health and safety
  • These are available on request from Andrew Martin Optometrist, 66 Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5TJ

7) This publication scheme

In this class we will publish any changes we make to this publication scheme, the criteria on which our information management policies are made and a referral point for all enquires regarding information management generally in practice. 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 - £1.00.
  • Multiple hard copies or archived copies will attract a charge for photocopying, retrieval and postage.

We will inform you of the cost of these charges that will have to be paid in advance.

Useful Resources

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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 see www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm.