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Mid Yorks is going fax free

In line with a government directive, all fax lines in The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will be deactivated on 1 April 2020, along with the RightFax system.

This means the Trust will no longer be using facsimile machines to send or receive NHS or patient communication.

The government issued a deadline for the NHS to be fax-free in 2020. This is part of Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s tech vision to modernise the health service and make it easier for NHS organisations to introduce innovative technologies. Mr Hancock placed a ban on the NHS buying new fax machines which came into effect on 1 January 2019. Further to this, he ordered a complete phase-out of all faxing by 1 April 2020.

The removal of faxes is aimed at making communication more effective and secure, by encouraging all NHS services to use more up-to-date tools, such as email.

This is a national directive by the Department of Health and Social Care and all NHS services are expected to discontinue their use of fax machines by the 1 April 2020 cut-off date. If you are an NHS organisation or patient who normally communicates with the Trust via fax, then this will change from this date.

Please do not use fax to contact our hospitals. Please call the Switchboard or contact departments directly regarding appointments. You can find contact details here.