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FOI 0278 – Disposal Of Drugs Due To Summer Heat

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) completed a merger by acquisition of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) on 1st April 2018. UHB includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic.

For the purposes of this request we have answered on behalf of the whole Trust.

Please can you respond to the following under the Freedom of Information Act.

1. Please can you provide me information on the quantity of prescription medications, drugs and any other dispensed medical substances (“Drugs”) disposed of during the summer heat wave (from the start of June 2018 until the most recent possible date when the search is made.

The Trust has not disposed of any drugs due to exposure to high temperatures, since June 1st.

2. If you have a register of Drugs being disposed of including dates of the disposal, type and name of Drug, quantities involved, and value of each batch to be disposed of, please provide me with such a register for the given period.

Not applicable.

3.Otherwise, please provide information as to the overall quantity and value of Drugs to be disposed, and provide as much of a breakdown into the fields given previously as is possible.

Not applicable.

4.Please can you tell me whether (i) all, (ii) some, or (iii) which of the hospitals or medical centres that come under the Trust, have the appropriate facilities to refrigerate Drugs.

All hospitals within the Trust have facilities to refrigerate drugs.

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