4 February 2009 Information Governance Department Management Suite, Alexandra House Cheltenham General Hospital Sandford Road Cheltenham GL53 7AN T. 08454 223184 F. 08454 223516 firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Re: Request under Freedom of Information Act 2000 ID 189 I am writing to you in response to your request for information which was received on 13-Jan-2009. In your request you sought the following information: 1) Bed occupancy rate for the period of the financial year April 2007 to March 2008 for the Trust as a whole. Specifically I would like this to be calculated using the following formulae: (Inpatient days of care / bed days available) x 100 Please also supply the figures for both of the above measures (ie inpatient days of care and bed days available). Inpatients days of care (total inpatient bed days or occupied bed days) will be calculated by the sum of each daily census for the 365 days of the year. Bed days available will be defined as the maximum number of inpatient days of care that would have been provided if all beds were filled during the year. If the number of beds fluctuated throughout the year, bed days available should reflect this. If this figure differs from any previously calculated or published bed occupancy rate for the same time period, please explain how this figure was calculated and why it differs from the above calculated rate. Bed days available for 2007/08 459015 Bed days occupied for 2007/08 391786 % occupied for 2007/08 85.4% Please note that these figures are for the whole of the Trust and include Maternity and Paediatrics. 2) Average (median) number of bed available across the Trust for the financial year April 2007 to March 2008. Average (median) number of single patient occupied side rooms across the Trust for the financial year April 2007 to March 2008. Please also supply the average (median) ratio of single patient side rooms to total beds available for the Trust as a whole over the same time period. The average daily bed availability for 2007/08 was 1254. I can confirm that the Trust has a total of 255 side rooms. However, we do not collect separate data about side room occupation, this will be included in the total number as given in question 1. Please could I draw your attention to any possible re-use of the above information as follows: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives people a general right of access to information held by or on behalf of public authorities that should lead to a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties, how the decision making process works and how they spend public money. Access to a document under a FOIA request does not give an automatic right to re-use the document. Should you wish to re-use the document please write to me and this shall be considered in light of the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations. You should: Submit requests in writing, which includes e-mail. • Give your name and address • Specify which documents you want to re-use • State the purpose for which the document is to be re-used. Re-use of Information provided under the FOIA and without permission granted under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations may amount to a breach of copyright and related rights. If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. However I hope that this provides the information you required but if you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to request a review of our decision, you should write to me at the above address quoting the reference number. If you are not content with the outcome of the review you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the review and complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Yours sincerely Sue Dennis Trust Lead for Freedom of Information Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Data Protection Your information will be used by the Trust for the purposes of dealing with your request. The information you provide will also be used to monitor and review the Trust’s Publication Scheme and to monitor compliance with the legislation. The information you provide will be stored in a secure shared database which will only be accessible to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Lead for the Trust to which you made the request, and their authorised FOI administrators.