Freedom of Information

About Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises the need for openness and accountability in the public sector and provides the public with a general right of access to information held by public bodies, including the NHS.

Anyone can ask for any recorded information held by QE Gateshead. You do not have to provide a reason for your request. We will tell you whether we hold the information you require, and disclose it, unless a statutory exemption applies.

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 are an alternative way of requesting information from public authorities when the information being requested relates to the environment. The Regulations will be applied instead of the Freedom of Information Act if we consider this to be the case.

Personal information 

We cannot provide you with your own data under the Freedom of Information Act. Instead, you are entitled to access your personal records under the General Data Protection Regulation.


To request a copy of your health records, contact our Disclosure Team on either 0191 445 3557 or 0191 445 3661, or write to:

Disclosure Team
QE Gateshead
Health Records
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Sheriff Hill

For more information see Health Records.


To request a copy of your staff record, please contact:

QE Gateshead
Bensham Hospital
Saltwell Road

Useful links (external)

Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
General Data Protection Regulation
Information Commissioner's Office website

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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