Prostate Cancer UK: PET-CT Access.

Policy Team made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Stockport NHS Foundation Trust as part of a batch sent to 18 authorities

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Dear Stockport NHS Foundation Trust,

This Freedom of Information Act (FOI) Request of all Trusts, Health Boards and Health and Social Care Trusts aims to give us an overview of access to PET-CT for prostate cancer across the UK. We will use this information to guide activity aimed at service improvements and reduced variation in access. We hope to understand and share best practice to allow all men with biochemical recurrence to gain access to the most accurate diagnostic technology. Please be reassured that, if published, the results will remain anonymous and respondents unidentifiable. We will not criticise any individual respondent.
Your responses are greatly appreciated. Please pass these questions to your radiology and/or urology departments for them to complete. If this is not possible, please provide as much information as you can.
In any multiple-choice questions, we ask that you please indicate your answer by marking with an “X” next to any answers that apply or by deleting all answers that do not apply. Please avoid answering by italics, underlining or bold, as these do not show up when we process your response.

Many thanks,
Prostate Cancer UK

1. Does your trust/ HB have access to PET-CT for the investigation of suspected biochemical recurrence in prostate cancer patients?
a. Yes
b. Not on site, but we refer patients elsewhere (please state the trust/HB patients are referred to, if possible:)
c. No

2. If you answered “No” to question 1. Would you use PET-CT for the investigation of suspected biochemical recurrence in prostate cancer patients if it were available?
a. Yes
b. No
c. N/A - We already have access to PET-CT.

3. In 2020-21, how many patients do you estimate were investigated for suspected biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer at your trust/ HB?

4. What percentage of patients with suspected biochemical recurrence do you estimate are referred for PET-CT at your trust/ HB?

5. Of patients with suspected biochemical recurrence referred for PET-CT, what % of scans do you estimate use a PSMA tracer (either Ga-PSMA or F-PSMA)?

6. Are there any exclusion criteria for referral for PET-CT for suspected biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer? If so, what are they? E.g. Upper and lower PSA limits, age, life expectancy, ECOG score.

7. What do you estimate is the average waiting time for the PET-CT scans for investigation of suspected biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer?

8. What do you estimate is the average time it takes to report PET-CT scans for investigation of suspected biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer?

For any queries, please contact Tayla Maloney:
Telephone- [phone number]
Email- [email address]

Many thanks,
Tayla
Prostate Cancer UK

FOI, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

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Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

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Stockport

Cheshire. SK2 7JE

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Dear FOI, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust,

You have recently received a Freedom of Information request to your organisation from Prostate Cancer UK, in relation to PET-CT access. We have not yet received a response to our request. The timeframe has now surpassed the 20-day time limit for compliance stated in section 10 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act. While we understand that the current situation may have had an impact on your ability to respond, we do still require the requested information to guide our organisation's work towards improving services and reduce variation in access to PET-CT for men with suspected biochemical recurrence or prostate cancer.

Please could you acknowledge receipt of this request and tell us when we can expect a response. If you have any issues in completing the request, do get in touch at tayla.maloney @prostatecanceruk.org and I will be happy to help or clarify.

Kind regards,

Tayla Maloney

Prostate Cancer UK.

FOI, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Miss Maloney,

Please accept our apologies for the delay in our response. I will chase the team who are handling this request and I will try to have a full response by the end of this working week if not next week.

Again I apologise due to current pressures the Trust is facing we are trying our best to comply with FOI deadlines.

Kind regards

Laura Sillitoe
Freedom of Information and Information Governance Support Officer
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Stepping Hill Hospital
Poplar Grove
Stockport
Cheshire. SK2 7JE
Tel: 0161 419 4160 / 5295
Email: [Stockport NHS Foundation Trust request email]

*Please note I am currently working off site, if you need to speak to me directly, please email me and I will call you.

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FOI, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Miss Maloney,

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Laura Sillitoe

Freedom of Information and Information Governance Support Officer

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Stepping Hill Hospital

Poplar Grove

Stockport

Cheshire. SK2 7JE

Tel: 0161 419 4160 type ext. 11 7225 when prompted

 

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Dear Laura,

Thank you for getting back to us with your FOI response, it is greatly appreciated.

In regards to Q8, would you mind clarifying if '<1/52' is in reference to hours or days please?

Yours sincerely,
Tayla
Policy Team

FOI, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Tayla,

I will go back to the team who provided your response and ask them to confirm your query below.

As soon as I receive a response I will forward this on.

Kind regards

Laura Sillitoe
Freedom of Information and Information Governance Support Officer
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Stepping Hill Hospital
Poplar Grove
Stockport
Cheshire. SK2 7JE
Tel: 0161 419 4160 type ext. 11 7225 when prompted

Email: [Stockport NHS Foundation Trust request email]

*Please note I am currently working off site, if you need to speak to me directly, please email me and I will call you.

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FOI, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Tayla,

I have received the following response regarding your query below:

This is greater than 1 day.

I hope this now answers your request fully, if you require anything else then please get in touch.

Kind regards

Laura Sillitoe
Freedom of Information and Information Governance Support Officer
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Stepping Hill Hospital
Poplar Grove
Stockport
Cheshire. SK2 7JE
Tel: 0161 419 4160 type ext. 11 7225 when prompted

Email: [Stockport NHS Foundation Trust request email]

*Please note I am currently working off site, if you need to speak to me directly, please email me and I will call you.

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