Hospital launches automatic FOI update service

The website of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust has a new feature that automatically alerts people to new details published under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Trust's website has added Really Simple Syndication (RSS) that automatically tells people when a new item is added to its FOI section. RSS feeds already exist for latest news, educational events and job vacancies.

The Trust has had 49 FOI requests since January 1 covering a wide range of topics from maternity services, to infection control, and the Private Finance Initiative. 

Head of Communications Andrew Stronach said: “Freedom of Information is all about greater openness and our website allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to see all the information published from individual requests. Adding RSS now makes it easier for people to know when new information is available.”

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is an easy way for you to keep updated automatically on websites you like. Instead of you having to go to websites to see if they've written a new article or feature, you can use RSS to get them to tell you every time they have something new. The Trust offers RSS feeds (or channels) for a number of its popular sections.

Listed below are the RSS feeds that currently publishes:

Freedom of Information Requests and Responses
Most Recent News Items
Most Recent Vacancies Advertised
General Events at the Norfolk and Norwich
Educational Events at the Norfolk and Norwich
All Events at the Norfolk and Norwich
Recent Website Changes

How can I make use of RSS?

You need to get hold of a program called a News Reader. This displays RSS information feeds from your chosen websites on your computer. All you then have to do is choose which RSS feeds you want.

Where can I get a News Reader?

There are many different news readers available, many for free. Most news readers are applications that you download from the Internet and install. Some others are web-based service you sign-up for that work inside your browser. News readers can be found via this web link here

Tuesday 30th of August 2005 11:00:43 AM