Making a freedom of information request

The NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Trust is playing our part in this important work and therefore our resources are focused on direct patient care and support. While we remain committed to our responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act, staff ordinarily available to assist with information requests are now supporting our frontline colleagues. Due to this reduced capacity our ability to respond to FOI requests is much more difficult.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has acknowledged the challenges currently facing the NHS and “…will take into account the compelling public interest in the current health emergency.” New guidance that sets out the ICO’s regulatory approach during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website

Where possible we kindly ask that you consider delaying the submission of your FOI request until this situation has improved. We appreciate your understanding and regret any inconvenience caused by these extraordinary circumstances.

The Trust is 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 bsuh.foi@nhs.net

You can also post your request to:

Freedom of Information Office
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Corporate Governance, Top 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

To comply with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (2005), information is provided under the Open Government Licence (OGL). This licence does not grant any right to use this information in a way that suggests any official status or that Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust endorse you or your use of the information. The re-use of our information indicates acceptance of the terms and conditions as set out in the OGL

When you use our information under the OGL, you should include the following attribution:

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 2020, licensed under the Open Government License: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/

If you wish to re-use information outside of the licence terms then please inform the Trust by contacting the FOI Office, as unauthorised re-use may be in breach of copyright law. For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission to re-use. Further guidance regarding the re-use of information can be found on the National Archives website