End of life symptom management policy request

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Dear Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,
I am a district nurse from ECNHST who is undertaking a research module for my M.sc advanced practice at Chester University. I am keen to look at differences in End of life symptom management policies within the primary care/ acute care /district nursing patient caseloads. I am especially interested in the differences in dosage of the drug Midazolam.
Please can you send me your trust’s policy?
My email address is [email address]

Yours faithfully,

Gail Shelley

FOI, Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hello,

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request. Freedom of information only applies to corporate information; this e-mail confirms receipt of your request for this type of information only.

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act we will expect to respond to this request in 20 working days. However we are now investigating the nature of the search and the quantity of information requested. If there is a cost involved in collecting the information then we will suspend the period for response until such time as we receive your payment. We will advise you of any such costs.

In accordance with section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 where multiple requests for information are received from one person or by different persons who appear to be acting in together in a single campaign the estimated cost of complying with any of the requests is to be taken to be the estimated total cost of complying with all of them. To this effect your requests for information will be dealt with under the single reference number above.

There are also a number of exemptions which the Act permits with respect to releasing information. The information will be assessed for these exemptions prior to us releasing the information to you. We will advise you if we are unable to provide the information requested.

Please note that a significant amount of information is also available via our Publication Scheme which can be accessed via the Trust’s website www.coch.nhs.uk and one of its benefits is that it makes information easily accessible and without charge.

Freedom of Information Officer
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
[email address]

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FOI, Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hello,

Please see below the response to your Freedom of Information request.

The Trust does not have a policy for dosage of the drug Midazolam. The Trusts Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Jenny Smith has indicated that it may be more helpful if you contact the palliative care team at the Countess directly . They are happy for you to do this via telephone or email.

Kind regards,
Freedom of Information Officer
Countess of Chester Hospital
[email address]

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Dear FOI, Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),
I have a copy of the End of life symptom management policy booklet. This included the Midazolam administration. I think you are misunderstanding my request? I just wanted a more detailed copy. I will do as you suggest and phone to discuss. Thanks

Yours sincerely,

Gail Shelley

Dear FOI, Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Please can you provide the requested policy? Thanks

Yours sincerely,

Gail Shelley

FOI, Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hello,

The Trust acknowledge receipt of your email and will respond in due course.

Freedom of Information Officer,
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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FOI, Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hello,

Please see below the response to your Freedom of Information request.

The Trust does not have a policy about the dose of Midazolam. We use regional guidelines in conjunction with clinical judgement and there are a number of different indications for Midazolam.

Kind regards,
Freedom of Information Officer
Countess of Chester Hospital
[email address]

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