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Subject : Fw: Freedom of Information request - Prisoners receiving Kidney Dialysis treatment




22 March 2011



Dear Mr Campbell


Thank you for your further emails of 24 February to the Department of Health requesting, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), details on kidney dialysis treatment.  Your emails have been passed to me for reply.


Specifically, you asked for the following information:


Please provide, in an excel spreadsheet, the number of patients    incarcerated in HM Prisons and Immigration Removal Centres, currently receiving dialysis treatment. For each treatment please specify the Organisation providing the treatment and the Prison or Centre they are Incarcerated.

·         the type and modality of dialysis treatment;

·         whether it's Hospital haemodialysis, Satellite Haemodialysis; and

·         Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis or Automated Peritoneal Dialysis treatment.


Please provide, in an excel spreadsheet, the number of incarcerated

patients in HM Prisons and Immigration Removal Centre who have been

diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure currently receiving pre dialysis treatment.


For each Patient please specify:


·         If they are being trained for Peritoneal Dialysis or Haemodialysis treatment

·         The organistaion providing the treatment

·         The HM prison or Immigration centre the patient where the patient is incarcerated.

·         The length of prison sentence


Pre-dialysis treatment is defined by the following. parameters: From being diagnosed with End Stage Renal failure to receiving their first dialysis treatment. It encompasses patient education and access surgery


Please indicate exactly where the information I've requested is on

the website .


I can confirm that the Department does not hold information that you have requested.  However, local primary care trusts (PCTs), may hold some information.  You will need to contact individual PCTs for this information.  A list of all NHS organisations can be found on the NHS Choices website at: .


The UK Renal Registry is not part of the Department of Health, therefore I suggest that you contact the organisation for further information about their website, at the address below:


UK Renal Registry
Southmead Hospital

BS10 5NB

Tel : 0117 323 5665


You may be interested to know that the Department has recently published tariff guidance on its website, and here is a link to the web page where the Payment by Result (PbR) Guidance for 2011-12 can be found:


Within the guidance document, renal dialysis tariff arrangements for 2011-12 are covered on pages 44 to 49.


If you have any queries about this response, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.


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






If you are not content with the outcome of 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






Yours sincerely


Genevieve Lobo

Freedom of Information Team

Department of Health



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