Making a freedom of information request

We are committed to openness and accountability for the services we provide.

The Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act recognises that everyone has the right to know how public services, such as the NHS, are organised, managed and how much they cost.

You have the right to know what services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standards of service that are expected, and the results achieved.

The Act covers non-personal information that the hospital holds, regardless of its format or when it was created.

Further information about the Act can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website

How we provide information

We provide information online via our publication scheme. This outlines the information that we routinely make publicly available.

We also respond to requests for information held by us. There are some circumstances when information cannot be disclosed.  If we are unable to provide the information requested, we will explain the reasons why in our response.

Making a request for information

Please check our publication scheme before submitting a request for information. If it does not contain the information you require, you can submit a request to our FoI Manager.

You can email your request to foi@bsuh.nhs.uk.

You can also post your request to:

Freedom of Information Office
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
First floor, St Mary’s Hall
Eastern Road
Brighton BN2 5JJ

Please provide a contact name and address for us to reply to and be as specific as possible about the information you require. This will speed up the processing of your request.

Responding to your request

We will send you confirmation that we have received your request. This will include a reference number, which you should include in any communication with us about your request.

We aim to respond to your request within 20 working days.

Charges and fees

We are entitled to charge for certain costs. We will always contact you in advance to make you aware of any charges that may be made and to check whether you still want to continue with the request.

Re-using our information

You do not have an automatic right to re-use our information.  ‘Re-use’ can include publishing information or issuing copies to the public. We reserve the right to make a charge for any information that falls within the remit of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

To make a request to re-use our information, please email foi@bsuh.nhs.uk

Re-using information in our publication scheme

Information made available through our publication scheme is subject to our copyright unless otherwise indicated. Unless indicated on the material, it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium, provided it is reproduced accurately and is not used in a misleading manner.

Where any of the copyright items in our publication scheme are being re-published or copied to others, you must identify the source of the material and acknowledge the copyright status.

FAQs about FoI

You can view answers to frequently asked questions about freedom of information