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Pregnancy and homelessness

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Hello,

’m a reporter with Newsquest’s Data Investigations Unit. I’m currently looking into issues around homelessness and pregnancy.

I’m hoping to acquire more information about pregnant women attending obstetrics/maternity/antenatal care appointments within your Trust who declared themselves homeless – whether rough sleeping, in temporary accommodation, with no fixed address or sofa surfing.

I’d like full disclosure of data as outlined below and would appreciate your advice and direction, as specified under the Freedom of Information Act, if you feel there’s a way of better refining my request to allow you to retrieve the information I’m interested in.

1. How many pregnant women presenting for initial obstretics/maternity/antenatal care appointments within your Trust declared themselves as homeless or with no fixed address between 2015 and 2019? Please breakdown by year.

2. How many of those pregnant women still declared themselves as homeless or had no fixed address upon being admitted to a labour ward to give birth?

3. For 1 and 2, if the information is available, please breakdown the numbers of women to specify how many were rough sleepers, how many were in temporary accommodation (please give numbers for hostels, B&Bs, refuges or other), or with no fixed address.

4. Please also provide figures for the outcomes of pregnancies for homeless women, broken down by the number that ended with a live birth, the number that underwent terminations, the number that had miscarriages and the number that were stillborn.

5. Please indicate age groups for the number of pregnant women who declared themselves homeless – whether under 20, 20-30, 30-40 or 40+.

6. How many of those who were pregnant had their child removed from their care at birth?

Please disclose your response in an Excel spreadsheet, with headings, where appropriate, as follows:

‘TRUST’ - ‘YEAR’ - ‘NUMBER HOMELESS AT INITIAL APPOINTMENT’ - ‘NUMBER LIVING IN HOSTELS’ - ‘LIVING IN B&B’ - 'ROUGH SLEEPING' - ‘LIVING IN REFUGE’ - ‘WITH NFA’ – ‘STILL HOMELESS WHEN ADMITTED TO LABOUR WARD FOR DELIVERY’ – ‘LIVING IN HOSTEL AT TIME OF DELIVERY’- ‘B&B AT TIME OF DELIVERY’ – REFUGE AT TIME OF DELIVERY – NFA AT TIME OF DELIVERY – NO OF LIVE BIRTHS – NO OF TERMINATIONS – NO OF MISCARRIAGES – NO STILLBIRTHS – AGE UNDER 20 – AGE 20-30 – AGE 30-40 – AGE 40+ - NO OF BABIES REMOVED FROM MOTHER’S CARE

If you identify any problems with this request, as mentioned, I’d appreciate advice, assistance and guidance as to how I can refine it to ensure I get as full a disclosure as is possible.

If there is any reason why you cannot provide every element of disclosure requested, please provide as much as you are able.

Yours faithfully,

Joanna Morris

BARTSHEALTH, Foi (BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST), Barts Health NHS Trust

Dear Ms Morris

Your Request for Information: FOI-0826-19

Thank you for your recent request for information. This will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and you will receive a response within the stipulated timescale.

The FOI Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent the release of the information you have requested. We will assess the material and if any of the exemption categories apply, then the information may not be released. We will tell you if that is so. If the information you request refers to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. We will let you know if that is the case and give you an indication of the timescale for providing the information. There may be a fee payable for the information you have requested. The fee must be paid before the information is released. We will inform you if this is the case.

Information that we may provide in response to the FOI Act request will be subject to copyright protection. You may ask if you can re-use the information, perhaps for commercial purposes. Without the necessary permission you can breach our copyright. To enquire about re-using Trust information, please write to us at the above address or e-mail [Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

If you have any queries then please contact us at [Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

If you are dissatisfied with how your request has been handled, please contact the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator to see if your concerns can be addressed informally.

Alternatively, you can contact the Head of Information Governance.

Postal address:
Head of Information Governance
c/o Corporate Records Centre,
Barts Health NHS Trust,
Lower Ground Floor,
9 Prescot Street,
Aldgate, London E1 8PR

If, after we have addressed your complaint, you remain dissatisfied with how we have responded, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Details are shown at www.ico.org.uk.

Yours faithfully,

Maria Björklund
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
Barts Health NHS Trust
9 Prescot Street
London, E1 8PR

T: 020 7480 4866
Website: www.bartshealth.nhs.uk
[Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

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BARTSHEALTH, Foi (BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST), Barts Health NHS Trust

Dear Ms Morris

The Trust has received your request, however, before we can proceed we require some clarification from you.

You have asked for information about pregancy and homelessness. Specifically you have asked ' How many of those pregnant women still declared themselves as homeless or had no fixed address upon being admitted to a labour ward to give birth?'

The Trust has a number of options for women to give birth. Please can you clarify if by 'labour ward' you mean obstetric units only or if this should include all places of birth choices (e.g. ward, birth centres, home births). Please see more information on our website: https://bartshealth.nhs.uk/maternity

In accordance with the FOI Act and the FOI Code of Practice, your request will be put on hold while we wait your clarification and the clock restarted once sufficient clarification has been received. If we do not receive a clarification from you within 2 months of this email we will consider the request closed.

Yours sincerely

Maria Björklund
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
Barts Health NHS Trust
9 Prescot Street
London, E1 8PR

T: 020 7480 4866
Website: www.bartshealth.nhs.uk
[Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

Please note our new Freedom of Information email address – [Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

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Hello,

In response to your request for clarification, I'd like to know about all births dealt with by the Trust where mothers declared themselves as homeless or living in temporary accommodation, wherever those births took place.

I hope that helps but feel free to come back to me if not,

Yours sincerely,

Joanna Morris

BARTSHEALTH, Foi (BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST), Barts Health NHS Trust

Dear Ms Morris

Thank you for your prompt clarification. We apologise for the delay in acknowledging your clarification. Your request will now be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and you will receive a response within the stipulated timescale.

The FOI Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent the release of the information you have requested. We will assess the material and if any of the exemption categories apply, then the information may not be released. We will tell you if that is so. If the information you request refers to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. We will let you know if that is the case and give you an indication of the timescale for providing the information. There may be a fee payable for the information you have requested. The fee must be paid before the information is released. We will inform you if this is the case.

Information that we may provide in response to the FOI Act request will be subject to copyright protection. You may ask if you can re-use the information, perhaps for commercial purposes. Without the necessary permission you can breach our copyright. To enquire about re-using Trust information, please write to us at the above address or e-mail [Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

If you have any queries then please contact us at [Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

If you are dissatisfied with how your request has been handled, please contact the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator to see if your concerns can be addressed informally.

Alternatively, you can contac the Head of Information Governance. Please address your complaint in writing to:

Postal address:
Head of Information Governance,
c/o Corporate Records Centre,
Barts Health NHS Trust,
Lower Ground Floor,
9 Prescot Street,
Aldgate, London E1 8PR

If, after we have addressed your complaint, you remain dissatisfied with how we have responded, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Details are shown at www.ico.org.uk.

Yours faithfully,

Maria Björklund
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
Barts Health NHS Trust
9 Prescot Street
London, E1 8PR

T: 020 7480 4866
Website: www.bartshealth.nhs.uk
[Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

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BARTSHEALTH, Foi (BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST), Barts Health NHS Trust

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Dear Ms Morris

Please find attached the Trust's response to your request. We apologise for the delay.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
Barts Health NHS Trust
9 Prescot Street
London, E1 8PR

T: 020 7480 4866
Website: www.bartshealth.nhs.uk
[Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

Please note our new Freedom of Information email address – [Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

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