Publicatiopn Scheme

FOI and Publication Scheme

Welcome to the Publication Scheme for Whitaker Dental Practice and Seamus O’Donovan

The Publication Scheme is 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 Seamus O’Donovan and Whitaker Dental Practice. It is a description of the information about our Dental Practice which we make publicly available. Some information is not made publicly available. It will be reviewed at regular intervals and we will monitor its effectiveness.

How much does it cost?

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

How is the information made available?

The information within each Class is either displayed on the practice website ( or available in hard copy from Whitaker Dental Practice, 130 Whitaker Road, Derby, DE23 6AP.

Your rights to information

  • In addition to accessing the information identified in the Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about Whitaker Dental Practice under the Code of Practice on Openness in the HPSS (1996).
  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run, how much they cost and how the decisions are made.
  • From January 1st 2005,it will oblige Whitaker Dental Practice to respond to requests about information that it holds, and is recorded in any format and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information it can release.
  • Revised environmental information regulations may be introduced in the future. 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 dental records or any other personal information held about you, and you can contact Seamus O’Donovan, Whitaker Dental Practice, 130 Whitaker Road, Derby DE23 6AP


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:

Seamus O’Donovan Whitaker Dental Practice, 130 Whitaker Road, Derby DE23 6AP

Classes of information

All information at Whitaker Dental Practice is held, retained and destroyed in accordance with guidance. Our commitment to publish information excludes any information which can be legitimately withheld under the exemptions set out in the Code of Practice on Openness in the HPSS or Freedom of Information Act 2000. Where individual Classes are subject to exemptions, the main reasons are e.g. the protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998. This applies to all Classes within the Publication Scheme. The information on this Scheme is grouped into the following broad categories:

Class 1. Who we are

Details of the practice, organisational structures, key personnel and how we fit into the Health and Personal Social Services (HPSS).

Class 2. Our Services

The range of services we provide under contract to the HPSS. Class 3. Financial and funding information Funding details and charging policies

Class 4. Regular publications and information for the public

Guidance and information leaflets

Class 5. Complaints

Policies, procedures and contacts for complaints

Class 6. Our policies and procedures

General policies and procedures in use within the Dental Practice. These include, but are not restricted to, data protection, prescribing and prescription, health and safety

Class 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 at Whitaker Dental Practice. We will also publish any proposed changes or additions to publications already available.

Class 1. Who we are:

Mr Seamus O’Donovan Dentist Male Full Time

First registration with GDC : 1986 Registration No: 61255

Mrs Sarah O’Donovan Hygienist Female Part Time

First registration with GDC: 1985 Registration No: 3050

Class 2: Our services

Information about our services is contained in the practice’s patient information leaflet which is available at Reception. The information includes:

  • Opening times
  • Arrangements for emergency care
  • Details of access to the premises for people with disabilities
  • Whether we have a dental hygienist or orthodontic treatment is available
  • Information about the care and treatment provided by the practice

‘We offer NHS care to children but adult patients are treated privately or under Denplan Care’

Class 3: Financial information

We have information about:

  • The cost of NHS treatment
  • Entitlement to exemption and remission from NHS dental charges
  • Our private charges

Our income from the NHS derives from the contract that we have been given by the PCT and in return we are to provide a number of UDA (units of dental activity)

Class 4: Information for patients and the public

We make available information leaflets about:

  • Types of dental treatment
  • Healthy diet
  • Healthy teeth
  • Reducing anxiety about dental care
  • Other health information
  • NHS information leaflets.

Copies of leaflets are available from Reception.

Class 5: Complaints

We have a practice complaints procedure, a copy of which is available from the Practice.

Class 6: Practice policies

We have policies and procedures which ensure that the practice operates in a safe and efficient manner. These include:

  • Data protection
  • Data security
  • Confidentiality
  • Health and Safety
  • Radiation protection
  • Infection control
  • Payments policy
  • Equal opportunities

Cost of Information

For the most part, we will charge you only for hard copies or copying onto media (e.g. CD ROM). Some information is available free, but for others there may be a charge. The charges will vary according to how information is made available.

Charges are as follows:

Via the Dental Practice Web Site – there will be no charge, although any charges for Internet Service provision and personal printing costs would have to be met by the individual. For those without Internet access, a single print-out as on the website would be available by post from Whitaker Dental Practice, 130 Whitaker Road, Derby DE23 6AP or by personal application at Whitaker Dental Practice, 130 Whitaker Road, Derby DE23 6AP. However, requests for multiple printouts, or for archived copies of documents which are no longer accessible or available on the web, may attract a charge for the retrieval, photocopy, postage etc. We will let you know the cost and charges that will have to be paid in advance. We will not provide printouts of other organisation’s websites.

Leaflets and brochures – there will be no charge for leaflets or booklets on, for example, services we offer to the public. A list is available from Whitaker Dental Practice, 130 Whitaker Road, Derby DE23 6AP

“Glossy” or other bound paper copies, or in some cases a CD Rom, video or other mediums, may be charged for as detailed in our publication lists available from Whitaker Dental Practice, 130 Whitaker Road, Derby DE23 6AP

e-mail-will be free of charge unless otherwise stated

The charges will be reviewed regularly.

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