Dear Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board,

I am an academic researcher, attempting to assess the provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices by the NHS. Could you please send me details of augmentative and alternative communication devices supplied/purchased by your trust between 31st March 2006 and 1st April 2011?

I would like the information broken down by both product name (So for
example Dynavox Xpress, iPod touch with TapToTalk, BigMack) and by year. I would like information for both children and adults, but I don't require a breakdown by age.

Deven PCT have helpfully given examples on a previous request. The format they used was

2005/06
4 X Digital Electronic Larynxes (Servox)
2 x Listen To Me
2 x Lightwriters
1 x Dynawrite
1 x Dynamo
1 x Falck Voice Amplifier
1 x Lions Speech Aid
1 x Go Talk
1 x Little Mack

2006/07
9 x Digital Electronic Larynxes (Servox)
2 x Lightwriters
1 x mini Printer
2 x The Grid software
2 x Falck Voice Amplifiers
1 x Listen To Me
1 x Textphone
1 x Talking Symbols Notepad

and this would do nicely for me. Other excellent formats were provided by:
Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
Bromley PCT (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
Bristol PCT ( http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
and Central Lancashire PCT
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/au...)

Just to make the process more efficient for you guys - it would be great to clarify a couple of things at this stage - I am aware that some trusts make use of commissioning trusts to do the actual purchase of the devices; when I have contacted the commissioning trusts I've been often redirected back to the PCT because the paperwork for previous years have been stored at the PCT - this redirection must be causing additional work for both trusts in the long run and it would be great to avoid it
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/au...
is an example of the problem)

Also, and again to make life easier for you, I should point about that since this request is being made via whatdotheyknow.com - email addresses are stripped out of replies to protect your privacy (because the responses are all available to public view- if you are to redirect my request to another body then it's ideal to just give the name of the body rather than just an email address

Yours faithfully,

Dr Joseph Reddington

Freedom of Information, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board

Dear Dr Reddington,

Thank you for your request.

We will respond as soon as possible and in any event by 9 February
2012

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Scottish Information Commissioner at http://www.itspublicknowledge.info
Kind regards,

Ann

Ann Catherine Wilson L.L.B.
Freedom of Information Officer
Communications department
28 Lister Street
Crosshouse Hospital
Kilmarnock
KA2 0BE
Telephone: 01563 826112
Fax:01563 826122
Email: [NHS Ayrshire and Arran request email]

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Dear Dr Reddington

 

Thank you for your request.

Q.  Could you please send me details of augmentative and alternative
communication devices supplied/purchased by your trust between 31 March
2006 and 1 April 2011?

A. Please see the attached document which provides a breakdown of
augmentative and alternative communication devices purchased by NHS
Ayrshire & Arran in each year since 2005/06.

 

I trust this is to your satisfaction. However, under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 if you are dissatisfied with our response
you are entitled to request a review. A request for a review must be made
in writing to Mr John Burns, Chief Executive, NHS Ayrshire & Arran,
Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr KA6 6AB, no later
than 40 working days from 10 February 2012. You must provide your name, an
address for correspondence, details of your original request and say why
you want a review. If our decision is unchanged following a review and you
remain dissatisfied with this, you then have the right to make a formal
appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further advice
or assistance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Ann

 

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Freedom of Information Officer

Communications dept

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Crosshouse Hospital

Kilmarnock

KA2 0BE

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Fax: 01563 826122

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Perfect - thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Freedom of Information, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board

Thank you for your email. I am out of the office unitl 15 February 2012.
All Freedom of Information requests will be processed as normal. If you
have an urgent enquiry, please contact my colleagues in the Communications
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