Outbound Patient Correspondence & Communications

Daniel Stonard made this Freedom of Information request to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust,

1: Does the Trust currently print patient appointment letters and correspondence in house or is this outsourced to a supplier?
2: What volume of pages are printed by the trust each year (an average for a rolling 12 month period is fine)?
3: If the outbound mail/printing service is outsourced, who is the current contract with?
4: If outsourced, when is the current contract due for renewal?
5: What framework was used for the procurement of that contract?
6: How much does the Trust spend annually (rolling 12 months is fine) on third-party print contracts?

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Stonard


Dear Daniel,

Freedom of Information Request F21/0006

Thank you for your freedom of information request received on 06 April 2021.

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Trust's across the country have refocused resources to assist frontline staff to combat Covid-19 during this difficult period. The Trust will not be in a position to respond to certain FOI requests due to the increasing operational pressures.

Please could you confirm whether you still wish to have this processed as an FOI request, in light of the already burdensome situation on the NHS?

Thank you in advance of your support.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Office
: [Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust request email]
+ Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General
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