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Dear Sirs,

I write in order to request the following information regarding Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 testing and results of those tests under and in terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. how many COVID-19 tests of any kind have been conducted in England between 1 January and 31 December 2020;
2. how many COVID-19 tests of any kind have been conducted in England between 1 January 2021 and 28 April 2021;
3. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in England between 1 January and 31 December 2020;
4. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in England between 1 January and 28 April 2021;
5. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in England between 1 January and 31 December 2019;
6. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in England between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018;
7. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December 2018 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza (Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death certificate;
8. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December 2019 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza (Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death certificate;
9. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December 2020 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza (Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death certificate;
10. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 28 April 2021 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza (Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death certificate;
11. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December 2020 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where COVID-19 was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death certificate;
12. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 28 April 2021 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where COVID-19 was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death certificate;
13. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December 2020 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where such death occurred following a Do Not Resuscitate order;
14. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 28 April 2021 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where such death occurred following a Do Not Resuscitate order;
15. Please provide a copy of your Policy or Policies and Guidelines regarding Influenza (Flu) testing between 1 January 2019 and 28 April 2021;
16. Please provide a copy of your Policy or Policies and Guidelines regarding the application Do Not Resuscitate Orders between 1 January 2020 and 28 April 2021.

I look forward to hearing from you within the timeframe established in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours faithfully,
Ian Clayton

CONTACTUS, England (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24), NHS England

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FOITEAMCRMMAILBOX (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24), NHS England

Dear Ian Clayton,  

Thank you for your communications dated 28 April 2021.

Your exact request was:

“I write in order to request the following information regarding Influenza
(Flu) and COVID-19 testing and results of those tests under and in terms
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. how many COVID-19 tests of any kind have been conducted in England
between 1 January and 31 December 2020;
2. how many COVID-19 tests of any kind have been conducted in England
between 1 January 2021 and 28 April 2021;
3. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in
England between 1 January and 31 December 2020;
4. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in
England between 1 January and 28 April 2021;
5. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in
England between 1 January and 31 December 2019;
6. how many Influenza (Flu) tests of any kind have been conducted in
England between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018;
7. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December
2018 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza
(Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death
certificate;
8. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December
2019 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza
(Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death
certificate;
9. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31 December
2020 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza
(Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death
certificate;
10. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 28 April
2021 following a positive Influenza (Flu) test of any kind where Influenza
(Flu) was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death
certificate;
11. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31
December 2020 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where
COVID-19 was the only relevant medical condition noted in the death
certificate;
12. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 28 April
2021 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where COVID-19 was the
only relevant medical condition noted in the death certificate;
13. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 31
December 2020 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where such
death occurred following a Do Not Resuscitate order;
14. how many deaths were there in England between 1 January and 28 April
2021 following a positive COVID-19 test of any kind where such death
occurred following a Do Not Resuscitate order;
15. Please provide a copy of your Policy or Policies and Guidelines
regarding Influenza (Flu) testing between 1 January 2019 and 28 April
2021;
16. Please provide a copy of your Policy or Policies and Guidelines
regarding the application Do Not Resuscitate Orders between 1 January 2020
and 28 April 2021.”

NHS England does not hold information in relation to your request.

NHS England holds information in respect of deaths of patients who have
died in hospitals in England and had tested positive for COVID-19 or where
COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

It may help if we first explain that NHS England is not the same as ‘the
NHS in England’. The NHS in England is not a single organisation but is
made up of a range of organisations such as Hospitals, Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Ambulance Trusts. NHS England is
responsible for commissioning primary care services such as GP and dental
surgeries, as well as some specialised secondary care services. Therefore,
any recorded information NHS England may be able to provide in response to
an FOI request will generally relate to the services NHS England
commissions.

For information on commissioned services and the types of information NHS
England holds can be found on our [1]website and [2]publication scheme.
For further information on the NHS, its structure and other NHS
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Information in relation to this request may be held by Public Health
England (PHE). As such, you may wish to redirect your enquiry to PHE. You
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Email:             [4][email address]

Post:               Public Information Access Office
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You may find it helpful to note that data on coronavirus confirmed cases,
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links:
 

* [5]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-...
* [6]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

NHS England does not hold information on all deaths.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) collect death certificate data
which contains the cause of death for all deaths registered in England.
 This is available at:

[7]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationa...

Public Health England (PHE) and the ONS also publish data on COVID-19
deaths in all settings in the UK by Local Authority at the below links:
[8]https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
[9]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationa...

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Please quote the reference number FOI- 2104-1446681 in any future
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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information
Corporate Communications Team
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NHS England
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