Covid-19 actual deaths - Testing data

Michael Marshn made this Freedom of Information request to University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust,

Please can you provide the following information:

*A weekly data set of actual covid deaths that have occurred in patients with whom have no pre-existing medical conditions / co-morbidities; up to present date (13/04/2021 or when the responder collects the data), if the data is available.

*A weekly or monthly figure for unconfirmed Covid-19 deaths (deaths that have occurred without a positive test result from either a lateral flow or PCR test).
 
*A total monthly figure of tests (in totality) undertaken by staff members at the trust.

*A monthly figure (to date) of all staff at the trust who have been required to retest after a positive lateral flow result, with a PCR test. 

*Should a staff member or an inpatient receive a 2nd positive test result, are both positive test results being inputted in to the daily figures as two positive cases? Or is there differentiation between the groups?.

*At what CT value is the PCR test conducted at? And is this individualised to the Trust or set nationally?.

*What has trust identified the false positive rate to be of the PCR test to date ?

Please provide the number of samples of live SARS-COV-2 isolated in Southampton laboratory or a laboratory within the United Kingdom in 2020 or 2021 and a copy of the standard operating procedure for handling and isolating SARS-COV-2 in laboratory within the trust or within the United Kingdom or can offer the alternative by providing the number of samples of live SARS-COV-2 isolated in the trusts lab in 2020 and a copy of the standard operating procedure for handling and isolating SARS-COV-2 in trusts or lab within the United Kingdom.

If the evidence is available then please can you provide an easy read data document and NOT links to the information/data and please could the data be up to date of when the responder collects the data.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Marshn

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Michael Marshn,

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Your request was received by us on 15/04/2021 and has been logged in our
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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Officer
The Information Governance Department
University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 0300 019 4932/2866/2542

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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Michael Marshn,

We refer to your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, received by us on 15/04/2021. In order for us to
process this request, please can you provide clarification as follows:

Q3 - Does this include both PCR and lateral flow tests combined?

Q5 - Please confirm which 'daily figures' you are referring to?

Additionally regarding a 'monthly figure' please advise from which date
you require this for.

Please note that the 20-day clock has been paused and will not be
restarted until we have received the necessary clarity, as outlined above.
If we do not hear from you within the next 7 calendar days (i.e.
22/04/2021), we will assume that you no longer wish to continue with this
information request, and it will be cancelled within our system. Should
you require information after this date, a new request must be submitted
to [email address]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Officer
The Information Governance Department
University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Address: Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB, Dorset
Tel: 0300 019 4932/2866/2542
Email: [email address]
Web: https://www.rbch.nhs.uk
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Dear University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust,

Please can you provide the following information:
*A weekly data set of actual covid deaths that have occurred in patients with whom have no pre-existing medical conditions / co-morbidities; up to present date (13/04/2021 or when the responder collects the data), if the data is available.
*A weekly or monthly figure for unconfirmed Covid-19 deaths (deaths that have occurred without a positive test result from either a lateral flow or PCR test) from February 2020 up until present or when the data is collected by the responder.
 
1. A total monthly figure of tests (in totality) undertaken by staff members at the trust (from February 2020 up until present date or when the responder collects the data).
2. A monthly figure (to date) of all staff at the trust who have been required to retest after a positive lateral flow result, with a PCR test. 
3. Should a staff member or an inpatient receive a 2nd positive test result whether this be a PCR test or a lateral flow test, then are both positive test results inputted in to the daily covid-19 figures as two positive cases? Or is there differentiation between the groups?.
4. At what CT value is the PCR test conducted at? And is this individualised to the Trust or set nationally?.
5. What has trust identified the false positive rate to be of the PCR test to date? (up to the date that the data is captured by the responder).
6. Please provide the number of samples of live SARS-COV-2 which has been if so, isolated within Southampton laboratory or a laboratory within the United Kingdom in 2020 or 2021 and a copy of the standard operating procedure for handling and isolating SARS-COV-2 in laboratory within the trust or within the United Kingdom or can offer the alternative by providing the number of samples of live SARS-COV-2 isolated in the trusts lab in 2020 and a copy of the standard operating procedure for handling and isolating SARS-COV-2 in trusts or lab within the United Kingdom.

If the evidence is available then please can you provide an easy read data document and NOT links to the information/data. Please could all the data given be from February 2020 up to present date of when the responder collects the data.

Yours faithfully,
Michael Marshn

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Michael Marshn,

We refer to your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, received by us on 15/04/2021. Thank you for the
partial clarification you have provided in support of your request.
However as per our previous email in order for us to process this request,
please can you provide the clarification as follows:

For Q1 - A total monthly figure of tests (in totality) undertaken by staff
members at the trust. Please can you confirm if this figure includes both
PCR and lateral flow test combined? Or provide details of which tests
should be included within this figure.

Please note that the 20-day clock has been paused and will not be
restarted until we have received the necessary clarity, as outlined above.
If we do not hear from you within the next 7 calendar days (i.e.
23/04/2021), we will assume that you no longer wish to continue with this
information request, and it will be cancelled within our system. Should
you require information after this date, a new request must be submitted
to [email address]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Officer
The Information Governance Department
University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Address: Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB, Dorset
Tel: 0300 019 4932/2866/2542
Email: [email address]
Web: https://www.rbch.nhs.uk
DISCLAIMER: This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential
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the author and do not necessarily represent the views of University
Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust unless otherwise explicitly stated.
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Dear University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust,

Please can you provide the following information:

1. A weekly data set of actual covid deaths that have occurred in patients with whom have no pre-existing medical conditions / co-morbidities; up to present date (13/04/2021 or when the responder collects the data), if the data is available.

2. A weekly or monthly figure for unconfirmed Covid-19 deaths (deaths that have occurred without a positive test result from either a lateral flow or PCR test) from February 2020 up until present or when the data is collected by the responder.
 
3. A total monthly figure of tests (in totality) undertaken by staff members at the trust via a lateral flow test and a PCR test (from February 2020 up until present date or when the responder collects the data).

4. A monthly figure (to date) of all staff at the trust who have been required to retest after a positive lateral flow result, with a PCR test. 

5. Should a staff member or an inpatient receive a 2nd positive test result whether this be a PCR test or a lateral flow test, then are both positive test results inputted in to the daily covid-19 figures as two positive cases? Or is there differentiation between the groups?.

6. At what CT value is the PCR test conducted at? And is this individualised to the Trust or set nationally?.

7. What has trust identified the false positive rate to be of the PCR test to date? (up to the date that the data is captured by the responder).

8. Please provide the number of samples of live SARS-COV-2 which has been if so, isolated within Southampton laboratory or a laboratory within the United Kingdom in 2020 or 2021 and a copy of the standard operating procedure for handling and isolating SARS-COV-2 in laboratory within the trust or within the United Kingdom or can offer the alternative by providing the number of samples of live SARS-COV-2 isolated in the trusts lab in 2020 and a copy of the standard operating procedure for handling and isolating SARS-COV-2 in trusts or lab within the United Kingdom.

If the evidence is available then please can you provide an easy read data document and NOT links to the information/data. Please could all the data given be from February 2020 up to present date of when the responder collects the data.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Marshn

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Michael Marshn,

We refer to your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, received by us on 15/04/2021. In order for us to
process this request, please can you provide clarification as follows:

The Trust is unable to ascertain the information you require for Q8 -
please can you provide further details regarding the information which you
require?

Please note that the 20-day clock has been paused and will not be
restarted until we have received the necessary clarity, as outlined above.
If we do not hear from you within the next 7 calendar days (i.e.
03/05/2021), we will assume that you no longer wish to continue with this
information request, and it will be cancelled within our system. Should
you require information after this date, a new request must be submitted
to [email address]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Officer
The Information Governance Department
University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Address: Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB, Dorset
Tel: 0300 019 4932/2866/2542
Email: [email address]
Web: https://www.rbch.nhs.uk
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Dear University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust,

Please provide a copy of the standard operating procedure document for handling and isolating samples of live SARS-COV-2 or biological samples from active covid-19 cases in laboratories within the trust. Please identify the number of live SARS-CoV-2 isolates that have been identified in or by trust laboratories in 2020 or 2021. If the trust has not handled any samples of active covid-19 nor has isolated any live SARS-Cov-2 in 2020 or 2021 please state "The trust has not isolated any samples of live virus in this time period".

Yours faithfully,

Michael Marshn

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Officer
The Information Governance Department
University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 0300 019 4932/2866/2542
Email: [email address]

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the author and do not necessarily represent the views of University
Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust unless otherwise explicitly stated.
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