This document complies with the requirements of the Information Commissioner’s Model Publication Scheme for Earlam and Christopher Limited in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and fulfils the obligations on opticians’ practices under the Act.
This is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by Earlam and Christopher Limited. It is a description of the information about our NHS services that we make publicly available. It will be reviewed at regular intervals.
How is the information made available?
The information within each Class is available in hard copy from:
Earlam and Christopher Limited
51 Bridge Street
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
- As the Freedom of Information Act applies to the provision of information, a request for multiple hard copies does not fall within the provisions of the Act and will attract a charge for retrieval, photocopying 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.
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 optical practices to respond to requests about the NHS related information that they hold, and a right of access to that information has been established in law.
These rights are subject to exemptions (see below) 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.
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:
Earlam and Christopher Limited
51 Bridge Street
Classes of Information
All NHS information at Earlam and Christopher 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, the main reasons being the protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998. This scheme has been written in accordance with those exemptions. The information on this Scheme is grouped into the following categories:
1) Who we are and what we do
Earlam and Christopher Limited currently has 2 Directors, Sarah Farrant and Edward Farrant.
The direct telephone number is 01823 272061
Details of the opticians and optometrists employed in our practices 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.
Earlam and Christopher Limited 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 ask for details in any of our practices.
Appointments for eye tests can be booked over the phone, email enquiries to [email protected] or by dropping into the practice.
The addresses and phone numbers of our practices are:
51 Bridge Street 38 High Street
TA1 1TW TA10 9RH
01823 272061 01458 250793
Opening times are:-
. Taunton Langport
Monday 08.30-17.30 10.00-12.00
Tuesday 08.30-17.30 0900-17.30
Wednesday 08.30-17.30 10.00-12.00
Thursday 08.30-17.30 10.00-12.00
Friday 08.30-17.30 0900-17.30
Saturday 08.30-14.00 CLOSED
2) Financial and funding information: what we spend and how we spend it
For every sight test performed on behalf of the NHS the practice receives a set fee, which is fixed nationally. This practice also carries out the following enhanced services on behalf of the NHS: ACES (Acute Community Eyecare Scheme), IOPRRS (Intra-Ocular Pressure Referral Refinement Service and OHT (Ocular Hypertension Monitoring Service) The fees paid by the NHS for each service are available from the practice on request. They include a contribution towards optometrists’ and staff salaries, equipment costs and other practice overheads. If you are not eligible for the NHS eye test, please contact your local practice for details of our current private charges.
3) Our Priorities
To provide our patients with high quality eye care
4) Decision Making
Any decisions made about the provision of NHS-funded services will be reflected in the services we provide and in the contracts held with the NHS Area Team.
5) Our policies and procedures
Health and safety
The policies are available on request.
If you have a complaint about any of our products or services, we recommend that you first discuss any problems with one of the Business Directors. We find that most issues can be put right at this stage. If the matter cannot be resolved in this way or you are unsatisfied with the response you receive please contact us on 01823 272061. A full copy of our complaints policy is available on request.
6) Lists and Registers
We don’t keep lists and registers. Our patient records are confidential.
7) The Services We Offer
Our practices provide NHS-funded sight tests for those who are eligible. Patients may also be entitled to NHS vouchers that can be used against the purchase of spectacles or contact lenses as required. To find out if you are eligible for this assistance please ask for details in any of our practices.
The practice also provides the following NHS-funded enhanced services: ACES (Acute Community Eyecare Scheme), IOPRRS (Intra-Ocular Pressure Referral Refinement Service) and OHT (Ocular Hypertension Monitoring Service).
Appointments for sight tests can be booked over the phone, by email to [email protected] or by dropping into one of our practices.
Regular publications and information for the public
Information about optical and ocular conditions, sight tests, spectacles, and contact lenses, can be found on a number of websites including www.college-optometrists.org . Some of this information is also available in patient leaflets. These are freely available from all our practices.