Freedom Of Infomation

Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd Publication Scheme

Welcome to the Publication Scheme for Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd and adopted by all the employees of Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Introduction

This Publication scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd on behalf of all the employees of Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd. It is a description of the information about our NHS services that we make publicly available. It will be reviewed at regular intervals and we will monitor its effectiveness.

How much does it cost?

For the most part, we will only charge for hard copies, or copies onto media. Charges are as follows and will be reviewed regularly.

Information accessed from our website is free of charge.

Hard copies, or archived copies will attract a charge for retrieval, photocopying and postage. We will inform you of the cost of the charges that will have to be paid in advance.

How is the information made available?

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

Freedom of Information
Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd

31 Southgate

Elland
West Yorkshire
HX5 0BW

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 opticians’ and optometrists’ 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:

The Customer Services Manager

Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd

31 Southgate

Elland
West Yorkshire
HX5 0BW

Classes of Information

All NHS information at Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd 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:

Who we are

Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd is an independent practices which has been practising since 2008.  Details of the Opticians and Optometrists employed in our practice are obtainable by contacting the practice via our website or by writing to the above address.
Alternatively, details of all opticians and optometrists registered in the UK are available from the General Optical Council Tel: 0207 580 3898 (www.optical.org).

The registered office of Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd:

31 Southgate

Elland
West Yorkshire
HX5 0BW
Tel No. 01422 372755
Company Registered in England & Wales No: 5424134
VAT Number: 859 2006 19

Our services

Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd 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 a free eye test and / or NHS vouchers please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.ukor ask for details in the practice.  Alternatively, you can contact your local PCT.

Appointments for eyes tests can be booked over the phone, or by dropping into one of our practices. To find the address, phone number and opening times of the practice, please click here.

 

Financial and funding information

For every eye test performed on behalf of the NHS the opticians practice receives a set fee, currently £20.70. This covers expenses such as optometrist and staff salaries, equipment costs and other practice overheads. More detailed information relating to Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd itself is not included due to the information being commercially sensitive.  If you are not eligible for the NHS eye test, please contact the practice for details of our current charges.

If you would like further information about the value of the NHS vouchers accepted by Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd and NHS charges please visit www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Primarycare/Optical/index.htm. These charges and voucher values are regularly reviewed by the NHS.

Further information about Andrew Lomas Optometrist Ltd (rather than about the opticians in its employment) can be obtained from Companies House www.companieshouse.gov.uk. There will be a fee payable for the production of such information by Companies House which will be advised at the time of enquiry. Such information falls outside the publication scheme, as it is not, in itself, public authority information.

Regular publications and information for the public

A complete set of information about eye tests, glasses, and contact lenses can be found on our website www.andrewlomas.co.uk and www.college-optometrists.org

Complaints

If you have a complaint about any of our products or services, we recommend that you first discuss any problems with the Andrew Lomas at the practice.  If the matter cannot be resolved in this way or you are unsatisfied with the response you receive feel free to contact the Optical Consumer Complaints Service www.opticalcomplaints.co.uk
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 enquiries regarding information management generally in practice. We will also publish any proposed changes or additions to publications already available.

 

Useful Resources

Websites

www.ico.gov.uk

www.foi.nhs.uk

http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/lcdcom.cfm

Publications

Freedom of Information Act 2000
www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/20000036.htm

NHS Openness Code
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4050490