Freedom of Information Act (FOI) Guide for Information

Welcome to our Guide for Information for Praills Ltd. (“Praills Opticians”) as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Introduction

This is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by Praills Ltd. It is a description of the information about our NHS services that we make publicly available. It will be reviewed at regular intervals.

How much does it cost?

The publications are free unless otherwise indicated.

How is the information made available?

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

The Customer Service Manager
Praills Opticians
203d West Street
Fareham
Hampshire PO16 0EN

or can be printed from www.praills.com.

Your Rights to Information

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is designed to promote openness and accountability amongst all organisations that receive public money.
  • Like all NHS contractors, since 1 January 2005 there has been a FOI obligation on opticians’ and optometrists’ practices to respond to requests about the NHS related information that it holds, and a right of access to that information has been established in law.
  • 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 this guide, you are entitled to request information about our NHS services under the NHS Openness Code 1995.
  • 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 Service Manager
Praills Opticians
203d West Street
Fareham
Hampshire PO16 0EN

Classes of Information

All NHS information at Praills Limited 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 guide has been written in accordance with those exemptions. The information on this Scheme is grouped into the following categories:

1) Who we are

  • Praills Limited is an independent opticians in Fareham, family run since 1920, providing local community eyecare. Supplying Private and NHS Eye examinations, Spectacles frames and lenses, Contact Lenses, Sunglasses, DVLA Visual Field testing for Group 1 Drivers and other optical accessories.
  • Details of the opticians and optometrists employed in our practice can be obtained by contacting that practice directly.
  • Alternatively, details of all opticians and optometrists registered in the UK are available from the General Optical Council Tel: 0207 580 3898.
  • Company Registration number 03581315

2) Our services

Praills Opticians provide 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, or by dropping into the practice. Praills Opticians, 203d West Street, Fareham, Hampshire, 01329 280250. PO16 0EN, or contact us from our website.

Opening times are Monday to Thursday 8.45 to 17.15, Friday 8.30 to 17.15, Saturday 8.45 to 13.00.

3) Financial and funding information

For every eye test performed on behalf of the NHS the opticians practice receives a set fee. This includes a contribution towards optometrists and staff salaries, equipment costs and other store overheads. If you are not eligible for the NHS eye test, please contact us for details of our current private charges [and offers].

Further information about Praills Limited (rather than about the opticians in its employ) can be obtained from Companies House (www.companieshouse.gov.uk) There may 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.

4) Regular publications and information for the public

Information about optical and ocular conditions, eye tests, glasses, and contact lenses, can be found on our website.

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:

The Customer Service Manager
Praills Limited
203d West Street
Fareham
Hampshire PO16 0EN

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 The Customer Services, on 01329 280250.

A full copy of our complaints policy is available on request and can be found in Class 6.

5) Our policies and procedures

  • Complaints
  • Data protection
  • Health and safety

They are available on request from:

The Customer Service Manager
Praills Ltd
203d West Street
Fareham
Hampshire PO16 0EN

6) This guide information

We will publish any changes we make to this guide or relevant information.

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 – free of charge
  • 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.
  • E-mail will be free of charge.

Useful Resources

Websites:

Publications:

January 2009 (updated August 2016)