Elderly Fall incident statistics for SWAST

Jayne Ward made this Freedom of Information request to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

Please can you provide me with statistics from your Trust regarding the total number of incidents attended by ambulance crews regarding elderly falls for the year 2017?

Please can you also provide me with details regarding how many of these patients were suspected by clinicians on scene to have suffered a Neck of Femur hip fracture (NOF)?

Yours faithfully,

J Ward

Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

Apologies, but it has come to my attention that my previous message would need clarification regarding the ages of the population group I am asking about. I would like to rephrase my FOI request:

Please can you provide me with statistics from your Trust regarding the total number of incidents attended by ambulance crews regarding falls for patients over the age of 65 in the year 2017?

Please can you also provide me with details regarding how many of these patients were suspected by clinicians on scene to have suffered a Neck of Femur hip fracture (NOF)?

Yours faithfully,

J Ward

Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Jayne Ward

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding calls received from
bars in Bristol which we received on 28 February 2018.

 

We will deal with this request in accordance with your right of access to
information we hold under the Freedom of Information Act and I attach a
leaflet containing further information about both your rights and our
obligations under this legislation. You will see from this that we are not
obliged to generate information we do not already hold in order to provide
what we are asked for, such as by collating data or formulating direct
answers to questions, but you are entitled to receive copies of records
(or extracts from them) that contain the information you have requested.

 

We will research the information you have requested and we will respond
providing what we hold no later than 28 March 2018  in accordance with the
timescales set by the Act.

 

We will inform you if:

a) We are unable to provide you with any of the information you have
requested, and explain the reason for this; and

b) Any fee that is payable for the information we are able to provide.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or require clarification on any
aspect of your request or how we will respond, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Regards

 

Kate Minett | Acting Assistant Information Governance Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

[1]cid:[email address]

 

Direct Line 01392 453 872

Web [2]www.swast.nhs.uk

E-Mail [3][email address]

Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter EX2 7HY

 

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Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Jayne Ward

 

I refer to our acknowledgement on 5 March 2018 of your request for
information regarding falls in elderly patients under the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act.  We are able to provide the following
information:

 

Information requested Our Response

 
Please can you provide me with We are not able to provide a comprehensive
statistics from your Trust response to your request without carrying
regarding the total number of out a manual review of our clinical records
incidents attended by which, due to the number of records
ambulance crews regarding involved, would exceed the cost/time limit
elderly falls for the year set out in s12 of the Freedom of
2017? Information Act.

   

Please can you also provide me We can, however, provide the data below but
with details regarding how ask that you note:
many of these patients were
suspected by clinicians on  
scene to have suffered a Neck
of Femur hip fracture (NOF)? ·         This information has been taken
from the paper and electronic patient
  records completed by our crews when they
attend a patient for the date range 1
January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

·         Our records include a provisional
diagnosis code (for electronic patient
records) or a chief complaint code (for
paper records) which indicates the
principal injury/illness which the
attending ambulance crew consider the
patient to be suffering from when they
arrive on scene.

·         The information provided below
includes records coded as “Fall non-injury”
(a fall where no injury to the patient is
identified) or “Neck of Femur” (suspected
fracture to neck of femur). Where a patient
has fallen resulting in an injury then the
record would usually be coded to reflect
the nature of the injury (eg. head injury)
rather than the fact that the injury was
the result of a fall. Therefore, the data
below will not be fully representative as
it will not include calls relating to falls
where the patient has incurred an injury.
Similarly, the data provided for “Neck of
Femur” is likely to include instances of
suspected neck of femur fracture caused by
mechanisms other than falls.

 

Total number of Fall Neck of Femur
records Non-Injury
65 and above 29,047 9,471
Over 65 28,821 9,403

 

 

 

We are aware that the format of our standard FOI response can come out a
little strangely on the What Do They Know website so I have also attached
the response in a word document for your convenience.

 

Please note that, under the Re-use of Public Sector Information
Regulations, if you wish to publish or otherwise use this information
besides for your own means, you will need to seek our permission to do so.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you require further clarification of the
information provided, or to discuss any aspect of the way in which we have
responded to your request. 

 

However, if you are dissatisfied with our response, you also have the
right to make use of the following complaints procedures:

 

In the first instance you may write to the Chief Executive of this Trust

 

Mr Ken Wenman

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Abbey Court

Eagle Way

Exeter  EX2 7HY

 

Mr Wenman will then either make arrangements for your complaint to be
reviewed and for the outcome to be communicated to you, or will convene a
panel of Trust Directors to consider an appeal against a decision to
withhold information.

 

If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint, or findings of the
Panel, you can contact the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,                                 

Wilmslow,

Cheshire.  SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 01625 545 700

Fax: 01625 524 510

 

Regards

 

Kate Minett | Acting Assistant Information Governance Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

[1]cid:[email address]

 

Direct Line 01392 453 872

Web [2]www.swast.nhs.uk

E-Mail [3][email address]

Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter EX2 7HY

 

 

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