COVID Restrictions on Supports & Partners at Maternity Appointments & Deliveries

Robert Putt made this Freedom of Information request to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

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Dear University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust,

I am writing to you to request information on how the trust came to its decision to restrict supporters and partner's attendance during antenatal appointments and deliveries, and how the trust considers them to be proportionate. Please can you provide the following:

- Was NHS England's Guidance Framework on for easing visitor restrictions for supporters and partners followed during the decision making process? If yes, please provide evidence that this was followed.
- Copies of minutes from meetings with regards to restriction of supporters and partners at maternity appointments / delivery.
- Copy of the risk assessments for the department in relation to COVID.
- Any other evidence / considerations used in the decision making process.
- Copy of the final findings from the trust's conversations documenting why the trust's decision is proportionate and required.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Putt

FOI-REQUESTS (UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST), University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

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Please find attached our acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Act Request.

Freedom of Information Team
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Bircham House
William Prance Road
Derriford
Plymouth
PL6 5WR

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FOI-REQUESTS (UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST), University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

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Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information Act
request.

 

University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust

Freedom of Information

Information Governance Team

Bircham House

William Prance Road

Derriford

Plymouth

PL6 5WR

 

 

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Dear FOI-REQUESTS (UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST),

I am not entirely happy with the response provided to my Freedom of Information Request and request and hence request an internal review. In particular:

- Question 1 - Yes the framework does allow for changes to be made in line with local case rates, however the framework advises under section 2.4 that:

"The decision-making process for pausing or reversal should be clearly recorded. Discuss
your reasons with local Maternity Voices Partnerships, Maternity Services Liaison
Committees and staff-side representatives. Consider sharing why you’ve made the decision,
to help assure women and visitors that the leadership team has considered all reasonable
approaches and adjustments but finds the practice unsafe."

As part of this request I am asking for the risk assessments, minutes and other materials which "clearly record" the decision making process, however so far the trust has not been forthcoming with these details. I understand that the restrictions have been eased from 23rd November although this is not a mitigating factor in understanding why these restrictions were introduced initially on 5th November. If the trust has not recorded and documented these decisions please provide appropriate correspondence that these details are not held.

- Question 2 - Have you worked the full time limit on this request? I am sure these meeting minutes could be provided in redacted form to remove any data covered by the DPA / GDPR, and may still hold valuable information in understanding the trust's stance on this matter.

- Question 3 - During our phone call (10th November 2020, 17:48) with the Interim Matron of Midwifery previously she explicitly mentioned risk assessments were one of the driving factors behind the decision on visitor restrictions within maternity hence requesting these from you. I am disappointed you have not been able to provide a copy of these risk assessments as part of your response.

- Question 5 - Again, the NHS England guidance, Section 2.4, on this matter requires that pausing or reversal of easements on maternity visiting are "clearly recorded". Please can you provide these clear recordings, or if they are not available please provide correspondence to that effect.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Putt

EDMUNDS, Stuart (UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST), University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

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University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Freedom of Information

Information Governance Team
Bircham House
William Prance Road
Derriford
Plymouth
PL6 5WR

 

     FOI email: [2][University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust request email]

FOI webpage: [3]https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/foi

 

 

Your reference: [4][FOI #704508 email]

Our reference: 20FOI314

 

Dear Rober Putt

 

Please can I confirm receipt of your request for an internal review.  The
Head of Information Governance will carry out the internal review and
respond in due course.   The Trust aims to respond within 20 working days
of receipt.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

S. Edmunds

 

University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust

Freedom of Information

Information Governance Team

Bircham House

William Prance Road

Derriford

Plymouth

PL6 5WR

 

01752 431058

FOI email: [5][University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust request email]

 

 

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INFORMATION, Governancepht (UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST), University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

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Dear Robert Putt,

 

Please find attached my internal review finding for the above FOI request.

 

Regards

Penny Taylor

 

Penny Taylor,  Head of Information Governance and Library Services

Data Protection Officer (DPO)

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
[1][email address],  07976 053 252

 

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