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Freedom of Information (FOI) requests

Last updated: 15/03/2021

Freedom of Information (FOI) logo graphicThe Freedom of Information Act recognises that as a member of the public, you have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and we run.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires every NHS organisation to have a publication scheme that tells people what information is routinely available to them and how to get it.   

The publication scheme is divided into 7 classes of information: 

  1. Who we are and what we do 
  2. What we spend and how we spend it 
  3. What our priorities are and how are we doing 
  4. How we make decisions 
  5. Our policies and procedures 
  6. Lists and registers 
  7. The services we offer

Please view our published responses to previous Freedom of Information Requests.

Historic disclosures by University Hospitals Bristol and by Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

Making a Freedom of Information Request

If you cannot find the information that you require on our website then please send us your request in writing to, please email us at:

FreedomOfInfo@uhbw.nhs.uk.

Or write to us at:

Freedom of Information
Trust Headquarters
Marlborough Street
BS1 3NU

  • All requests for information must be made in writing, clearly stating what information is being requested, and including the requestor's name and address/email address, in order for us to respond. 
  • Your request will be acknowledged and you can expect to receive the requested records (if held) within 20 working days.
  • The Trust may ask you for further information, which it reasonably requires in order to identify and locate the information that is requested.
  • In some cases, information may be exempt from disclosure. If some of the information is of personal and confidential nature, it will be excluded as will any other confidential material.
  • Material relating to the health and safety of specific individuals, as to law enforcement or criminal or regulatory enforcement or audit issues under certain circumstances may also be excluded from publication.
  • There may be circumstances where material cannot be released because the appropriate officer of the authority has taken the view that it may be prejudicial to the conduct of public affairs.
  • Should this be the case, then we will state the reason why the information cannot be released and the course of action to appeal if not satisfied.

Please note that our reply to you may be delayed while staff who often provide information are diverted to respond to coronavirus. This is in line with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which regulates Freedom of Information.  If we do not reply to you within 20 working days please contact us via the address / email address above. Find out more about the ICO guidance here.

Cost of information

The Trust will not charge for fulfilling standard information requests from individuals. However, if the Trust estimates that a request would cost more than £450 (staff time is calculated at £25 per hour regardless of actual rates) to complete, then as a pubic authority it is not required to meet such a request.

In these cases, the Trust can offer the requestor advice on ways in which they could adjust their request to bring it under the cost limit.  

For a complete list of exemptions that may prevent disclosure, please refer to the Freedom of Information Act.

For further information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please visit the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website

Complaints related to Freedom of Information Requests

If, after receiving a response to a Freedom of Information Request, you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: FreedomOfInfo@uhbw.nhs.uk or Director of Corporate Governance, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Trust Headquarters, Marlborough Street, Bristol, BS1 3NU.

Please remember to quote the reference number.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

View the Freedom of Information Act in full.

FOI disclosure log

This section of the website contains information we have made available in response to requests considered under the Freedom of Information Act since the formation of the Trust on 1 April 2020.

You can find our disclosure logs from the list below.

Please note that redactions are carried out on disclosure letters and attachments to protect the identity of individuals.

Historic disclosures by University Hospitals Bristol and by Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

If you wish to request information that is not included in our disclosure log and does not make up part of our Publication Scheme please contact FreedomOfInfo@uhbw.nhs.uk.

2020 disclosure logs

August 2020 +

Closed date

Reference

Description

Additional documents

19/08/2020

20-242

PPE stocks

No

18/08/2020

20-225

EPR system

No

19/08/2020

20-359

Recruitment Agencies

No

21/08/2020

20-266

Patients discharged to care homes

No

21/08/2020

20-281

Symptomatic aortic stenosis

No

21/08/2020

20-318

All transactions over £25,000 from April 2020

No

04/08/2020

20-330

Lung Cancer, Renal Cell Carcinoma, Urothelial, melanoma head and neck.

No

04/08/2020

20-305

Dermatology and  Atopic Dermatitis

Yes

04/08/2020

20-324

Licensing agreements, by year, since the year 2000

Yes

18/08/2020

20-354

Staff in post within the IT department that occupy each of the standard Agenda for Change bands.

No

07/08/2020

20-296

How many staff do you currently employ within the trust?

No

28/08/2020

20-234

Head and neck cancer

No

19/08/2020

20-257A

Coronavirus deaths at Weston General Hospital

No

13/08/2020

20-257B

Patients discharged to care homes

No

04/08/2020

20-317

What is the main Radiology (RIS/CRIS) system that your Trust/Health Board runs?

No

04/08/2020

20-349

Immigration NHS surcharge

No

04/08/2020

20-283

If your Trust uses Teleradiology services, please kindly outline:

No

04/08/2020

20-216

In the year of 2019 how many patients were admitted into your trust into an acute bed?

No

04/08/2020

20-236

Please breakdown the number of medical staff working in your hospitals by ethnicity and gender for the past five financial years (2015/16-2019/20).

No

18/08/2020

20-258

Tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment

No

24/08/2020

20-280

Covid-19 antibody tests conducted to date among staff:

No

21/08/2020

20-355

Hepatic Veno Occlusive Disease

Yes

13/08/2020

20-269

Risk-assessment of staff at potentially greater risk of COVID-19

No

04/08/2020

20-345

Staff headcount at your organisation?

No

04/08/2020

20-222

Please can you disclose the amount of admissions related to covid-19

No

21/08/2020

20-368

Translation Costs

No

13/08/2020

20-286

Please could you tell me which private hospitals the trust has contracted with to take Covid patients if needed/provide spare capacity since 1 January 2020?

No

13/08/2020

20-284

Covid in care homes

No

26/08/2020

20-360

Births

No

13/08/2020

20-287

Data Centre technology

No

13/08/2020

20-237

Risk assessments on all Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff

No

18/08/2020

20-320

Cleaning

No

28/08/2020

20-384

Overseas nurse recruitment

No

18/08/2020

20-291

Payment and the source of the payment for hospital beds left open for covid patients?

No

26/08/2020

20-353

Number of Patients Initiating department e.g. rheumatology, dermatology, etc.

No

28/08/2020

20-387

Paternity Policy

Yes

26/08/2020

20-319

Is the Trust part of a collaborative bank

No

13/08/2020

20-346

ICT/IM&T/IS Strategy- The IT department strategy or plans

Doc 1

Doc 2

07/08/2020

20-171

Epithelial Ovarian, Fallopian Tube or Primary Peritoneal Cancer?

No

24/08/2020

20-356

Staff travel

No

13/08/2020

20-270

Operating theatres

No

26/08/2020

20-290

Temporary Staff Management and Spend

No

26/08/2020

20-362

General Managers  email addresses

No

19/08/2020

20-241

Discriminatory behavior

No

28/08/2020

20-385

BAME staff network

No

18/08/2020

20-363

Organisation’s Spend

No

21/08/2020

20-212

ICT Team structure including

Yes

04/08/2020

20-218

Retail outlets

No

04/08/2020

20-151

Management of AF ablation treatment

Doc 1

Doc 2

13/08/2020

20-239

Patients discharged to care homes

No

26/08/2020

20-378

Cancer patients

No

21/08/2020

20-374

Video consultations

No

07/08/2020

20-252

How many patients are currently awaiting an appointment for imaging studies/scans

No

27/08/2020

20-381

COVID-19

No

21/08/2020

20-352

Staff Numbers

No

18/08/2020

20-247

Breakdown of locum agency doctor spend

No

21/08/2020

20-243

Patients discharged to care homes

No

19/08/2020

20-358

Estates email addresses

No

21/08/2020

20-364

Haemophilia Centre

No

04/08/2020

20-307

How many canisters of Nitrous Oxide have been stolen

No

05/08/2020

20-340

Does the Trust have paper or electronic order sets

No

18/08/2020

20-347

Cardiac CT scans

No

July 2020 +

 

Closed date

Reference

Description

Additional documents

22/07/2020

20-312

Atopic Dermatitis patients

No

13/07/2020

20-302

Attempted suicide/self-harm admissions

No

16/07/2020

20-304

How many people are employed by your organisation, including full time and part time?

No

22/07/2020

20-326

Locations where women can give birth

No

07/07/2020

20-271

Where are the Trust’s Sterile Services Department/s (SSD) located?

No

09/07/2020

20-192

How many patients are currently (within the past 3 months) being treated with the following regardless of patient diagnosis

No

13/07/2020

20-153

Medical Repatriation

No

07/07/2020

20-297

Robotic Process Automation

No

22/07/2020

20-165

How many patients have been treated for VTE using Warfarin?

No

28/07/2020

20-278

Master Vendor Provider for Medical Locums for the past 6 months

No

16/07/2020

20-208

Failed fit tests for all available masks at your trust between 1st February 2020 and 30th April 2020.

No

21/07/2020

20-303

Overtime Payments

No

16/07/2020

20-253

Enterprise Resource Planning Software Solution

No

21/07/2020

20-196

Doctors Nurse s Allied Health Professional

No

08/07/2020

20-155

Medical students

No

16/07/2020

20-313

Contact details

No

28/07/2020

20-339

Clinical benchmarking supplier

No

22/07/2020

20-207

Exception reports

Yes

31/07/2020

20-321

Ethnicity of senior trust staff

No

31/07/2020

20-256

ECMO

No

08/07/2020

20-202

Covid-19

No

28/07/2020

20-158

UKHCDO (The United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation)

No

16/07/2020

20-203

Covid 19

No

31/07/2020

20-309

Procurement of personal protective equipment

No

13/07/2020

20-292

Covid 19 at Weston General Hospital (Weston-Super-Mare)

No

16/07/2020

20-300

Achalasia

No

28/07/2020

20-310

Sustainability or sustainable development strategy.

No

28/07/2020

20-327

Number of Health Practitioners that have returned to the NHS under your Foundation Trust to support it during COVID-19

No

21/07/2020

20-174

 The total internal bank spend

No

16/07/2020

20-168

List of all general and specialist surgical operating tables

Yes

10/07/2020

20-298

Software

No

 

28/07/2020

20-144

New Medical Systems trading as New Medica

No

13/07/2020

20-259

Repair of cystoscopes.

No

31/07/2020

20-338

Payments

No

21/07/2020

20-232

WGH Covid-19 ICU

No

31/07/2020

20-274

Endoscopy Procedures

No

28/07/2020

20-294

What is your policy on zero hour’s contracts?

No

16/07/2020

20-198

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea patients

No

16/07/2020

20-201

Rigid endoscopes?

No

22/07/2020

20-215

Laboratory structure

No

22/07/2020

20-301

Parathyroidectomies

No

21/07/2020

20-275

Please provide agency spend for the staff group for 2019-20

No

28/07/2020

20-295

Junior doctors

No

16/07/2020

20-245

FIT testing scheme

Yes

31/07/2020

20-265

Coronavirus tests the trust has used on patients

No

09/07/2020

20-306

Covid-19

No

17/07/2020

20-135

Business Continuity Plan

No

21/07/2020

20-210

Spend on renting vans, lorries or buses

No

 

June 2020 +

Closed date  Reference  Description  Additional documents
05/06/2020 20-226 Drugs Usage No
03/06/2020 20-186 Diagnostic Report No
02/06/2020 20-223 Transactions over £25,000 from January 2020 No
24/06/2020 20-185 Dental patients in A&Es, fourth quarter of 19/20 No
02/06/2020 20-230 Drugs Usage No
24/06/2020 20-276 Theatre Cataract Recovery Plan Yes
12/06/2020 20-254 PALS Complaints No
05/06/2020 20-081 Booking Centres No
19/06/2020 20-189 Cancer Diagnosis Yes
19/06/2020 20-221 Unity Sexual Health Clinics No
10/06/2020 20-244 Fat Shaming Complaints No
24/06/2020 20-240 SELR Exemption & MTI Route No
09/06/2020 20-235 Apprenticeships No
05/06/2020 20-130 Post No
02/06/2020 20-246 Prescribing in Ophthalmology No

May 2020 +

Closed date  Reference  Description  Additional documents
15/05/2020 20-209 Telephone Maintenance Contract No
06/05/2020 20-213 Systems in UK No
01/05/2020 20-206 Whistleblowing No
01/05/2020 20-181 PPE Correspondence No
29/05/2020 20-188 Company Spend No
13/05/2020 20-193 Hospital Departments No
29/05/2020 20-248 Weston Covid Deaths No

April 2020 +

 Closed date  Reference  Description  Additional documents
21/04/2020 20-183 Bed base View attachment 
15/04/2020 20-139 Delayed transfers of care View attachment
03/04/2020 20-177 Surgical volumes for Colonoscopy View attachment 
29/04/2020 20-184 Atopic Dermatitis No
21/04/2020 20-141 Racist/discriminatory behaviour No
14/04/2020 20-023 Job Planning No
29/04/2020 20-187 Aciclovir powder for intravenous infusion No
15/04/2020 20-114 Ophthalmology Laser Equipment No