Making a freedom of information request

The NHS continues to face unprecedented challenges associated with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. While we will make every effort to respond to your request for information, our staff remain focused on supporting patient care and restoring vital healthcare services. Staff availability for information rights work will remain limited for quite some time. It will not be possible for us to process large FOI requests that require an unreasonable level of staff resources to complete. We kindly ask that requests for information are kept to a minimum during this challenging time.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is empathetic to the pressures public authorities are currently facing. New guidance that sets out the ICO’s regulatory approach during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website

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 Team.

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

You can also post your request to:

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Freedom of Information Office
Headquarters
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Eastern Road
Brighton BN2 5BE

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