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13 August 2009
 
Dear G Lawrence,
Thank you for your email of 28 July 2009 requesting, under the Freedom of Information Act, information about community matrons, emergency care practitioners and emergency services.  
You asked the following twelve specific questions:
1. The population covered by each PCT in England and Wales.
2. The number of Community Matrons employed by each PCT in England and Wales.
2b. The total number of Community Matrons employed in England.
2c. The total number of Community Matrons employed in Wales.
3. The number of Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs)employed by each PCT in England and Wales.
3b. The total number of ECPs employed in England.
3c. The total number of ECPs employed in Wales.
The Department does not hold the information requested above.
With regard to questions 2c, 3c and those parts of questions 1, 2 and 3 that request data about Wales we advise you contact the Welsh Assembly for this information. Their Freedom of Information officer can be contacted using the following e-mail address:
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With regard to questions 2b, 3b and those parts of questions 1, 2 and 3 that concern data relating to England, we understand this information may be held by the NHS Information Centre. We advise that you submit a FOI request directly to them using the following e-mail address:
xxxxxxxxx@xx.xxx.xx
    
You also asked for the following information. Our replies are written under each question in turn:
4.The number of ambulances capable of responding to emergency calls in each Ambulance Trust in England and Wales.
Information on the number of ambulances capable of responding to emergency calls in each Ambulance Trust in England is not held centrally. The purchasing of ambulance vehicles is a matter for National Health Service Ambulance Trusts to manage in order to provide appropriate resources to meet local demand, so I would advise contacting each trust directly, as they will be better placed to respond to your request. Contact details for individual Ambulance Trusts can be found on the following page of the NHS Choices website:

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AmbulanceTrustListing.aspx
5. The number of hospitals providing 24/7 Primary Infarct Stenting in each PCT and their location.
The Department is unable to provide current details of the hospitals providing 24/7 primary angioplasty as this is an area where the pattern of services is rapidly changing following publication of the Department's best practice guidance in October 2008. The most recent published data on primary angioplasty was in the annual report for 2009 of the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project ' How the NHS Manages Heart Attacks'.
We have reproduced some relevant data from this report for your information and this is attached at Annex A.
6.The number of emergencies resulting in thrombolysis of the patient before arrival at hospital, that took place in each Ambulance Trust in 2008/2009.
Details of thrombolysis treatment for heart attack before arrival at hospital are given in the annual report for 2009 of the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project, ‘How the NHS Manages Heart Attacks’.
The relevant table from this report is also reproduced for your information at Annex A.
7.The number of Primary Infarct Stent operations carried out by each PCT in 2008/2009.
The DH does not hold information on primary angioplasty by PCT of residence of the patient. This information can be obtained from the Information Centre for Health and Social Care at:
 
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8.The number of category A emergency calls in each ambulance trust in 2008/2009.
The Department does not hold this information.
Ambulance call data is reported to the Information Centre by each trust on an annual collection, on a template called the KA34. I would therefore suggest that you contact the Information Centre directly should you wish to pursue this request further. FOI requests can be made to the Information Centre using the following email address:
xxxxxxxxx@xx.xxx.xx

I hope this reply is helpful.  If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:
Head of the Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health
Room 317
Richmond House
79 Whitehall,
London
SW1A 2NS
Email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxx.xxx.xx
If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Department. The ICO can be contacted at:
     
Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Yours sincerely
 
Lynwen Paddy
Librarian,
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health