FOI 0231 – Healthcare Treatment to Overseas Visitors

Published/updated: 28/09/18 16:30

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0231

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.

Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust some responses have been provided by hospital site.

 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

This request has eight questions. In this request, “NHS healthcare treatment” specifically excludes private patients seeking to use paid-for private services offered by the Trust. It includes non-urgent follow-ups to urgent healthcare treatment.

  1. Does the Trust impose upfront charges for non-urgent NHS healthcare treatment to overseas visitors, migrants and former UK residents who are ineligible for free healthcare under government guidelines? If not, please explain why, in the context of those guidelines.

Yes – Overseas patients are charged upfront for elective treatment in accordance with the national guidelines and upfront charging operational framework.

If the answer to question 1 is ‘no’, the Trust need not provide responses to questions 2-8.

  1. The number of overseas visitors, migrants and former UK residents who were charged upfront for NHS healthcare treatment by the Trust since October 2017 – please note this includes patients who did not subsequently proceed with the treatment

    Overseas patients are first provided with an estimate prior to treatment and if they are satisfied to proceed with payment an invoice is raised. 4 patients were invoiced upfront for NHS healthcare since October 2017.  

If the answer to question 2 is ‘zero’, the Trust need not provide responses to questions 3-8.

  1. The total costs charged for the treatments referred to in question 2 (including where the patient did not proceed with the treatment)

    Cash payments received in advance of treatment totals £3,009.22. This does not include any patients who did not proceed with treatment as per the comments in question 2.

  2. The number of overseas visitors, migrants and former UK residents who did not proceed with NHS healthcare treatment by the Trust after being quoted an upfront charge (timeframe is since October 2017).

We do not hold the required level of detail regarding estimates provided to overseas visitors to provide an accurate answer to this question.

Notes to question 4:

  • Sending an invoice to a patient for an upfront charge counts as quoting an upfront charge
  • Patients who did not proceed with treatment include those who declined treatment and those who simply did not attend scheduled treatment, as well as any patients who were refused treatment by the Trust
  1. Of the number of patients provided in response to question 4, please state how many did not attend scheduled treatment/appointment (rather than cancelling in advance)
    As we do not hold the required level of detail for question 4, we do not hold this information.

Note to question 5:

  • If the Trust does not record information in a manner that would enable question 5 to be answered within the section 12 cost limit, please state that the information is ‘not held’ for this question and process the remainder of this request

If the Trust has not provided information for question 5, or has responded with ‘zero’, please proceed to question 7.

  1. What was the financial loss to the Trust caused by the missed scheduled treatment/appointments referred to in response to question 5?

    There would be no financial loss to the Trust as appointments would be cancelled if payment was not received in advance of treatment.

 

Note to question 6:

  • If the Trust does not record information in a manner that would enable question 6 to be answered within the section 12 cost limit, please state that the information is ‘not held’ for this question and process the remainder of this request
  1. Any data the Trust holds on the reasons for the refusal/inability of the patients referred in response to question 4 to pay the imposed upfront charges (such as preference to return home for treatment, or inability to meet the cost of treatment)

    As we do not hold the required level of detail for question 4, we do not hold this information.

  2. Any data the Trust holds on the conditions the patients referred to in response to question 4 wished to be treated for (this may be provided as categories of healthcare, such as ENT and nephrology), or alternatively the treatments that were subject to the imposed charges (these may be grouped into over-arching categories for data protection reasons)

As we do not hold the required level of detail for question 4, we do not hold this information.

 

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital

This request has eight questions. In this request, “NHS healthcare treatment” specifically excludes private patients seeking to use paid-for private services offered by the Trust. It includes non-urgent follow-ups to urgent healthcare treatment.

  1. Does the Trust impose upfront charges for non-urgent NHS healthcare treatment to overseas visitors, migrants and former UK residents who are ineligible for free healthcare under government guidelines? If not, please explain why, in the context of those guidelines.

Yes

If the answer to question 1 is ‘no’, the Trust need not provide responses to questions 2-8.

  1. The number of overseas visitors, migrants and former UK residents who were charged upfront for NHS healthcare treatment by the Trust since October 2017 – please note this includes patients who did not subsequently proceed with the treatment
  2. This is people who present for outpatient appointments who are not eligible for free treatment. This does not include people who arrive through the emergency care route.

If the answer to question 2 is ‘zero’, the Trust need not provide responses to questions 3-8.

  1. The total costs charged for the treatments referred to in question 2 (including where the patient did not proceed with the treatment)

£7,084

  1. The number of overseas visitors, migrants and former UK residents who did not proceed with NHS healthcare treatment by the Trust after being quoted an upfront charge (timeframe is since October 2017).

This number is very low because we do outpatient clinic pre-screening where potentially ineligible patients are contacted to advise of documents required at arrival, but this is before any prices are quoted.   There were 37 people who were given pre-screening information and did not turn up to appointments.  However, they had not been quoted a price at this stage.

Notes to question 4:

  • Sending an invoice to a patient for an upfront charge counts as quoting an upfront charge
  • Patients who did not proceed with treatment include those who declined treatment and those who simply did not attend scheduled treatment, as well as any patients who were refused treatment by the Trust
  1. Of the number of patients provided in response to question 4, please state how many did not attend scheduled treatment/appointment (rather than cancelling in advance)

None

Note to question 5:

  • If the Trust does not record information in a manner that would enable question 5 to be answered within the section 12 cost limit, please state that the information is ‘not held’ for this question and process the remainder of this request

If the Trust has not provided information for question 5, or has responded with ‘zero’, please proceed to question 7.

  1. What was the financial loss to the Trust caused by the missed scheduled treatment/appointments referred to in response to question 5?

£0.

Note to question 6:

  • If the Trust does not record information in a manner that would enable question 6 to be answered within the section 12 cost limit, please state that the information is ‘not held’ for this question and process the remainder of this request
  1. Any data the Trust holds on the reasons for the refusal/inability of the patients referred in response to question 4 to pay the imposed upfront charges (such as preference to return home for treatment, or inability to meet the cost of treatment)

The Trust does hold the information you have requested, however we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450.

  1. Any data the Trust holds on the conditions the patients referred to in response to question 4 wished to be treated for (this may be provided as categories of healthcare, such as ENT and nephrology), or alternatively the treatments that were subject to the imposed charges (these may be grouped into over-arching categories for data protection reasons)

4 outpatient appointments covering Anti Natal, Radiology, T&O Fracture Clinic, Ophthalmology and Breast Clinic.

FOI 0140 HGS – Trust’s Contract Register

Published/updated: 28/09/18 16:19

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0140 HGS

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) completed a merger by acquisition of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) on 1st April 2018. For the purposes of this request we have answered on behalf of what was HEFT i.e. Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals and community services. 

The contract register should display all the Trust existing/live contracts this includes medical and non-medical. I would like the register to display the following columns:

 

  1. Contract Reference

 

  1. Contract Title

 

  1. Supplier Name

 

  1. Spend (Total or Annual)

 

  1. Contract Duration

 

  1. Contract Extensions

 

  1. Contract Dates

 

  1. Contract Description

 

  1. Contact Owner (Full contact details if possible.)

 

  1. CPV codes/ProClass

 

  1. Framework or Tender Reference

 

 

You may forward me a Weblink to a portal to download the contract register, please make sure all of the Trust’s contract are provided as doing prior research I have found that most Trusts have only uploaded a small portion of all of their contracts.

 

Contract Data/API Contact Details

 

  1. Can you also provide me with contact details of the person responsible for the actual contract’s register or someone responsible for API? Name, Job Title, Telephone, Email Address

(Meaning of API “a set of functions and procedures that allow the creation of applications which access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.”)

 

Please provide me with the contract’s register file in an excel format.

 

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) completed a merger by acquisition of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) on April 1 2018.  For the purposes of this request we have answered on behalf of what was HEFT i.e. Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals and community services.

The Trust does hold the information you have requested, however we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450. The appropriate limit would be exceeded if it would require more than 18 hours work.

In order to obtain this information, a member of staff would need to review 357 files containing 29,631 pages. Considering that a member of staff would have to look in both paper and electronic records, we estimate that this would take approximately 54 minutes per file to locate, retrieve and review all 357 patient files. This would equate to 326 hours and 45 minutes which is over the appropriate limit as specified above.

 

FOI 0389 – Locum Staff

Published/updated: 28/09/18 16:15

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0389

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.

Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust some responses have been provided by hospital site.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Please provide the answers to the following FOI request.

1. Please could you provide me a breakdown of the locum agency doctor spend for the last financial year? Please break this down in to specialty and grades

 

2. Please could you provide me a breakdown of the permanent doctor vacancies across the trust?

Consultant Vacancies – Permanent posts

Anaesthetics – 1
Cardiology – 2
Maxillofacial Surgery – 1
Oncology – 1
Palliative Care  – 2
Pathology  -1
Plastic Surgery  – 1
Radiology  – 3
Renal Medicine – 1

3. Please could you confirm how many agency locums are currently in post on long term agency contracts? (I.e. more than 6 months)

35

4. Please could you provide how much the trust have paid to agencies for introductory fees since the last financial year?

£0

5. Please provide details of any overseas recruitment campaigns that the trust has taken part in for the recruitment of doctors?

The Trust’s International Fellowship Programme is a training programme linked to the Medical Training Initiative (MTI), a national scheme that allows trainee doctors to enter the UK from countries outside the European Union to learn from experienced consultants within the UK national health system so that they can benefit from training and development in NHS services before returning to their home countries.

The Trust does not campaign; its International Fellowship Programme is sought out by overseas institutions who want to train their doctors with us for short periods of time.

 

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital

Please provide the answers to the following FOI request.

1. Please could you provide me a breakdown of the locum agency doctor spend for the last financial year? Please break this down in to specialty and grades

Please see attached: FOI 0389 HGS.xls

2. Please could you provide me a breakdown of the permanent doctor vacancies across the trust?

17

3. Please could you confirm how many agency locums are currently in post on long term agency contracts? (I.e. more than 6 months)

0

4. Please could you provide how much the trust has paid to agencies for introductory fees since the last financial year?

The total expenditure in 2017/18 was £209,895

5. Please provide details of any overseas recruitment campaigns that the trust has taken part in for the recruitment of doctors?

2016 – Emergency Medicine, Abu Dhabi for Speciality Doctors.

FOI 0431 – Bone Grafts

Published/updated: 28/09/18 10:22

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0431

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.

Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust some responses have been provided by hospital site.

 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you answer the following questions:

1. Does your organisation use commercially available Bone Grafts such as Synthetic Bone Grafts or Demineralised Bone Matrix (DBM’s) for Orthopaedic Spine, Trauma or Orthopaedic Surgery?

Yes

2. If so, how much did your organisation spend on bone grafts for the period of 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2017?

£112,000

3. If your organisation used commercially available Bone Graft between the period 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2017, which brand(s) bone graft did you use?

Vitoss and BioCleanse (Hospital Innovations)

4. How many units of each brand of commercially available Bone Graft did you use?

Vitoss – 351
BioCleanse (Hospital Innovations) -16

 

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you answer the following questions:

1. Does your organisation use commercially available Bone Grafts such as Synthetic Bone Grafts or Demineralised Bone Matrix (DBM’s) for Orthopaedic Spine, Trauma or Orthopaedic Surgery?

Yes

2. If so, how much did your organisation spend on bone grafts for the period of 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2017?

£50,676 plus VAT

3. If your organisation used commercially available Bone Graft between the period 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2017, which brand(s) bone graft did you use?

• Cerament
• Hydroset
• Vitoss
• Optecure allograft DBM
• Intergro DBM
• Chondro
• Biologics Bone substitute prodense
• Allomatrix
• Bioready D00110 DBM putty

4. How many units of each brand of commercially available Bone Graft did you use?

Cerament – 7
Hydroset – 16
Vitoss – 1
Optecure allograft DBM – 27
Intergro DBM – 2
Chondro – 2
Biologics Bone substitute prodense – 3
Allomatrix – 19
Bioready D00110 DBM putty – 2

FOI 0447 – Intra-vitreal Injections/Implants

Published/updated: 28/09/18 08:56

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0447

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.

Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust some responses have been provided by hospital site.

I have a Freedom of Information request regarding Ophthalmology. Within your Trust how many Intra-vitreal Injections / Implants have been used in the latest 4 months, if possible between May and August 2018.

If your Trust is able to identify Injections / Implants by eye conditions please split by the drug used (Ranibizumab, Bevacizumab, Aflibercept, Fluocinolone and Dexamethasone)

We do not hold this information.

FOI 0200 – Locum Doctors and Nurses

Published/updated: 27/09/18 15:52

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0200

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.

Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust some responses have been provided by hospital site.

 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Could you please provide the following information relating to agency use within the trust:

1. Which Frameworks do you use for the supply of;

a. Locum Doctors

The HTE framework is used to source medical locum doctors

b. Locum Nurses

North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative

2. Do you operate a master vend arrangement or preferred supplier list?

Preferred Supplier List

3. Please list the agencies on your preferred supplier list for a and b. Please provide the supply list in tearing order or PSL if applicable.

a. Locum Doctors

Accident & Emergency
Adept Locums Limited
Andrew Scott Medical
Athona Limited
Bluecross Locums
Capital Care Services
Corrigans Door
Coyle Medical
Day Webster
Direct Medics
Doctors on Call
ED Staffing
Evergood Associates
First Medical
Firststep Recruitment
Fresh Medical
Globe Locums
GPS Locums
Harley Street Recruitment
HCL Doctors
Healthcare Professionals
Healthtemps Limited
ID Medical
Impact Care Services
Interact Medical
iSpecialist
K Medical Staffing
LAK Locums
Locum Direct
Locum People
Locum Vision
Medacs
Medco Services
Medecho Limited
Medical Professional Personnel
MedicsPro Limited
Medicure Limited
Medilink Consulting
Medline Recruitment
Medsol Healthcare
MSI Recruitment
MyLocum Limited
National Locums
NC Healthcare
NISI
PE Global Healthcare
Pertemps Medical
ProMedical Personnel
Provide Medical
Pulse Healthcare
RIG Medical Recruit
RMR Recruitment
Sensible Staffing
Skilled Medical Limited
Surgi-Call Locums
Templars Medical
TFS Healthcare
The Locum Consultancy
Total Assist Recruitment
TXM Healthcare
Unite Medical

b. Locum Nurses

Medacs, HCL, Medics Pro

4. Please provide contact details for the member of staff in charge of this process.

Not applicable

 

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital

Could you please provide the following information relating to agency use within the trust:

1. Which Frameworks do you use for the supply of;

a. Locum Doctors

Health Trust Europe’s Total Workforce Solutions

b. Locum Nurses

Health Trust Europe’s Total Workforce Solutions

2. Do you operate a master vend arrangement or preferred supplier list?

Preferred Supplier List

3. Please list the agencies on your preferred supplier list for a and b. Please provide the supply list in tearing order or PSL if applicable.

a. Locum Doctors

Accident & Emergency Agency Limited
Athona Limited
CRG Doctors
Doctors on Call
DRC Locums Limited
Fresh Medical Recruitment
HCL Doctors
Holt Doctors
Interact Medical
Medacs Healthcare Plc
Medilink Consulting
Medsol Healthcare Services
MyLocum Limited
National Locums
NC Healthcare
NISI
Pertemps Medical
Pertemps Medical Limited
ProMedical
Provide Medical
RIG Locums Limited
The Locum Consultancy
Total Assist Recruitment Limited

b. Locum Nurses

Medical Professional Personnel Limited
Medicspro Limited
Firstpoint Healthcare Limited
Thornbury Nursing Services
Acton Banks Healthcare
ID Medical
HCL Healthcare Limited
Your World Recruitment Limited
Imperial Medical Staffing Limited
Medacs Healthcare Services Plc
Tna Medical Limited
Pulse Healthcare Limited (Was Known As Quality Locum Services)
HCL Nursing Limited
MSI Recruitment Limited
Arcadia Recruitment Limited
4 Social Work Limited
Medbank Healthcare Solutions Limited
Swiis UK Limited
Team 24 Limited
Day Webster Limited
Primera Assisted Living Limited T/A Routes Healthcare (Midlands)
NISI Enterprises Limited
Just Specialist Recruitment Limited T/A Ttm Healthcare
Meridian Business Support Limited
The Flame Lily Healthcare Limited
Mylocum Limited
Athona Limited
Lifeline Recruitment Services Limited
Medsol Healthcare Services Limited
Synergy Personnel Solutions Limited
TFS Healthcare Limited
Twenty Four Seven Recruitment (Yorkshire) Limited
VIP Nursing Limited

4. Please provide contact details for the member of staff in charge of this process.

Simon Birley, Recruitment Services Manager, simon.birley@heartofengland.nhs.uk

Julie Nicholas Temporary Staffing Manager, julie.nicholas@heartofengland.nhs.uk

FOI 0390 – Rota/Rostering Systems

Published/updated: 27/09/18 15:22

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0390

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.

Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust some responses have been provided by hospital site.

 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Under the provision of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please can you answer the following questions relating to the rota/rostering system(s) you currently use:

1. Name of Software

Allocate

2. Description of their uses (including the staffing groups or departments they are used for)

Allocate is used for its time and attendance functionality for clerical staff and E-rostering functionality for nursing staff to start with, e-rostering will be rolled out to other “rostered” departments over the next year. Allocate’s Bank module is also used.

3. Who signed the contract (job title)

Chief Financial Officer

4. What is the maximum sign off value of this person’s position?

Papers would have been taken to Board of Directors and/or the Executive team for delegated authority to sign the contracts.

5. What was the value of the contract?

£83,000 for 3 year contract

6. What is the contract term?

Allocate is a 5 year term

7. When was it signed?

2016

8. What is the notice period?

One month

9. Was it bought through a framework? If so, please state which one

Allocate was procured via the Softcat framework

 

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital

Under the provision of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please can you answer the following questions relating to the rota/rostering system(s) you currently use:

1. Name of Software

Allocate

2. Description of their uses (including the staffing groups or departments they are used for)

Allocate – Roster planning, safe staffing reporting, payroll reporting, KPI reporting. All staff groups.

3. Who signed the contract (job title)

Papers would have been taken to Board of Directors and/or the Executive team for delegated authority to sign the contracts.

4. What is the maximum sign off value of this person’s position?

We do not hold this information.

5. What was the value of the contract?

Software Cost

Allocate (Healthroster) – £150,000
Allocate (Safecare) – £35,000
Allocate (Medical Roster) – £55,000
Allocate (E-expenses) – £75,000
Allocate (E-rota) – £30,000
Allocate (E-job plan) – £120,000

Annual Support and Maintenance – Years 1 to 5

Allocate (Healthroster) – £22,500,000
Allocate (Safecare) – £5,250
Allocate (Medical Roster) – £8,250

Implementation Cost

Allocate (Healthroster) – £19,500,000
Allocate (Safecare) – £10,000
Allocate (Medical Roster) – £28,000
Allocate (E-job plan) – £10,000

6. What is the contract term?

Allocate (Healthroster) – 5 years and 6 Months
Allocate (Safecare) – 5 years and 6 Months
Allocate (Medical Roster) – 5 years and 6 Months
Allocate (E-expenses) – 5 years and 6 Months
Allocate (E-rota) – 3 years and 6 months

7. When was it signed?

14th March 2014

8. What is the notice period?

No termination

9. Was it bought through a framework? If so, please state which one

Yes, it was bought through the CCS Sprint 2 framework

FOI 0459 – Administration of IV Drugs

Published/updated: 27/09/18 15:17

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0459

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.

Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust some responses have been provided by hospital site.

 

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

I recently undertook a project in which I examined the possibility of initiating a single checking procedure for the administration of IV drugs.

1. The information I require from your Health Authority is firstly, does your critical care unit double check or single check IV drug administrations?

Our critical care team have a double check policy on all intravenous medicines. This policy has been in existence over 10 years.

2. More importantly, in order for me to conduct a more robust risk assessment, if single checking is the practice within your trust, have there been any increase in drug errors/near misses?

Not applicable

 

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital

I recently undertook a project in which I examined the possibility of initiating a single checking procedure for the administration of IV drugs.

1. The information I require from your Health Authority is firstly, does your critical care unit double check or single check IV drug administrations?

Our critical care team double check all inotropes and controlled drugs. In addition new starters will initially be double checked. Other than that there is a single nurse check.

2. More importantly, in order for me to conduct a more robust risk assessment, if single checking is the practice within your trust, have there been any increase in drug errors/near misses?

This has been in place for a number of years but there has been no increase in errors/near misses that we or the unit are aware of.

FOI 0171 – Radiology and Ultrasound Equipment

Published/updated: 27/09/18 15:10

Freedom of Information Request: FOI 0171

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.

 

I am writing to request data under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for all the Radiology and Ultrasound equipment at the hospitals within your Trust.

For support, I have attached an excel document which sets out the information that I would like to gather. I would be grateful if you could populate the attachment and provide with your response. Hopefully this will make the process easier for the person collating and providing the information. A summary of the information requested in the excel attachment is shown below:

1. For each individual Radiology and Ultrasound diagnostic imaging system within the Trust:

a. Site Location (Hospital Name)
b. Manufacturer Name
c. Model Name
d. Whether the equipment has been Purchased / Leased / MES
e. Age of equipment (years)
f. Current Service provider name
g. Current Service contract end date
h. Current Service contract type:
i. Preventative Maintenance
ii. Fully Comprehensive
i. Service cost per annum
j. Planned replacement date

Where complete data is not possible, please provide as much of the available data as possible.

Please see attached: FOI 0171

FOI 0247 – Serious Incidents

Published/updated: 27/09/18 14:55

Freedom of Information Request: 0247

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.

 

This FOI relates to serious incidents (SIs) that occurred during the financial year of 2017-18 at your Trust, where the investigation was led by your Trust.

1. Please provide the total number of SIs that occurred during the financial year identified above.

375

2. Of the total number of SIs that occurred, how many SIs involved communication issues.

The Trust does hold this information. However, we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450. In order to obtain the information each incident would need to be reviewed in detail.

3. Please provide the root cause analysis of all SIs where communication issues where the main factor or contributory factor to the SI. These should be anonymised to protect individual’s privacy and may also be anonymised to protect organisational privacy

The Trust does hold this information. However, we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450. In order to obtain the information each incident would need to be reviewed in detail.

4. Please outline what actions you have taken to address communication issues identified from SI investigations. Where products have been purchased to address issues please list them

The Trust does hold this information. However, we estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450. In order to obtain the information each incident would need to be reviewed in detail.

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