Gender Reassignment/Confirmation

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Dear Greater Glasgow NHS Board,

I would like to know for the last past three years(per year) the numbers of people who have travelled from Scotland to Brighton for gender reassignment/confirmation surgery.

What are the costs associated with sending a person from Scotland to Brighton for
1. Patient travel costs
2. Patient GRS operation costs
3. support costs for the patient to be supported whilst in hospital
4. travel costs associated with allowing a partner/named person to travel and return with the patient after their operation, and itemised for each of the three years as per request above.

What are the costs of bringing the surgeon and his team from Brighton to Scotland to facilitate the medical examination of GRS patients to confirm the patient's suitability for GRS.

Yours faithfully,

Dee Adam

FOI BOARD HQ, Greater Glasgow NHS Board

Dear Sir or Madam

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

FOI Request: Our ref 13285: Patients sent to Brighton: Acknowledgement

 

We refer to your request for information, shown below in your email.

 

Your enquiry is being treated under our procedures for responding to
requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002.

 

We are dealing with your request and will endeavour to reply to you within
20 working days. If you wish to know how matters are proceeding with your
request, please do not hesitate to contact us quoting our reference 13285.

 

Yours sincerely

Kay Dougans

 

Freedom of Information Officer

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Corporate HQ

J B Russell House

Gartnavel Royal Hospital Campus

1055 Great Western Road

Glasgow G12 0XH

 

[NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]

[email address]

 

Telephone 0141 201 4460 (64460)

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FOI BOARD HQ, Greater Glasgow NHS Board

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Dear Sir or Madam

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

FOI Request: Our ref 13285: Patients sent to Brighton: Response

 

Thank you for your request for information, in your email shown below,
asking:

 

1.For the last past three years (per year) the numbers of people who have
travelled from Scotland to Brighton for gender
reassignment/confirmation surgery.

 

2.The costs associated with sending a person from Scotland to Brighton for

 a. Patient travel costs

 b. Patient GRS operation costs

 c. support costs for the patient to be supported whilst in hospital

 d. travel costs associated with allowing a partner/named person to travel
and return with the patient after their operation,

and itemised for each of the three years as per request above.

 

3.The costs of bringing the surgeon and his team from Brighton to Scotland
to facilitate the medical examination of GRS patients to confirm the
patient's suitability for GRS.

 

We are treating your request under our procedures for responding to
requests under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) and
I am now in a position to respond to you. We must point out that any
information we are able to provide relates only to NHS Greater Glasgow and
Clyde (NHSGGC) and is not Scotland-wide as you request. To obtain this
information in relation to the other Health Boards in Scotland it will be
necessary for you to contact them individually with Freedom of Information
requests. Under Section 17 of FOISA I am required to inform you that
NHSGGC does not hold information on behalf of other NHS Boards.

 

The information we are able to provide is shown below, underneath each of
your questions.

 

1. For the last past three years (per year) the numbers of people who have
travelled from Scotland to Brighton for gender
reassignment/confirmation surgery.

Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) for Scottish residents referred to
Brighton is funded by NHS National Services Division (NSD) and not by the
individual Health Boards.  Under Section 17 of FOISA I am required to
inform you that NHSGGC does not hold this data in relation to costs.

 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we are
unable to pass your request on to a third party. We can however recommend
that you contact National Services Division (NSD) with a separate Freedom
of Information request and they may have access to the information you
request. Here is a link to the NSD site which has details about sending a
Freedom of Information request to them: 
[1]http://www.nsd.scot.nhs.uk/contactus/foi...

 

However, we have a few patients where funding for GR surgery in Brighton
was refused by NSD and which NHSGGC funded. There were fewer than five
(<5) patients in the period from May 2014 until present who were funded by
NHSGGC, at a total cost of £13,736. These were all within the period May
2014 to October 2015.

 

Please note where there are small numbers these are presented as <5 to
protect patient identification.  This is due to the possibility that
disclosure of actual figures would pose a risk that an individual or
individuals could be identified from that information. This would be
contrary to, and would put NHSGGC in breach of, Data Protection
principles.  In assessing this, we have followed guidelines issued by NHS
NSS Information Services Division.  A key principle of the guidelines
discourages presenting numbers which are less than 5.

 

We therefore decline to provide the actual figures on the basis that this
is personal information.  Section 38 of FOISA provides that information is
exempt information if it constitutes personal information and that to
disclose this information would contravene one or more of the data
protection principles.  The exemptions within FOISA that we have relied
upon to withhold this information are section 38(1)(b) read in conjunction
with section 38(2)(a)(i) of FOISA.  This is an absolute exemption which
means that if information is withheld under this exemption, we are not
required to consider whether it is in the public interest to withhold it.
 

 

2. What are the costs associated with sending a person from Scotland to
Brighton for

a. Patient travel costs

b. Patient GRS operation costs

c. support costs for the patient to be supported whilst in hospital

d. travel costs associated with allowing a partner/named person to travel
and return with the patient after their operation,

and itemised for each of the three years as per request above.

Please refer to our response to your Q1 where we explain that most
patients are funded by NSD.

 

On the few occasions where NHSGGC has paid for the treatment, we have also
paid for the travel expenses and accommodation and we can tell you that
for the patients funded by NHSGGC as described in our response to your Q1,
the total cost of travel and accommodation for the patient and the
accompanying person, was as shown in table 1, below:

 

Year Spend (£)
2014 6,649
2015 4,584

                                                                                  
Table 1: Total spend per year on NHSGGC-funded patients referred to
Brighton

 

Our recording systems do not enable us to break down this amount into
travel, accommodation and costs for a partner or named person to accompany
them. Under Section 17 of FOISA I am required to inform you that NHSGGC
does not record this information.

 

3. What are the costs of bringing the surgeon and his team from Brighton
to Scotland to facilitate the medical examination of GRS patients to
confirm the patient's suitability for GRS.

Two surgeons come here four times a year to see patients (from across
Scotland) and they are paid for by NSD as described earlier. Once again
under Section 17 of FOISA I am required to inform you that NHSGGC does not
hold this data in relation to costs and, again, we would suggest that you
contact NSD as described above.

 

If you require any clarification about this letter please contact us in
the first instance.

 

If you are not satisfied with our response to your request, you have a
right to request a review of this decision within 40 working days of
receiving this response.  The procedure for consideration of a review is
detailed in the attached note. The note also describes your right to
pursue the matter with the Scottish Information Commissioner if, following
a request for review, you remain dissatisfied with the decision of NHS
Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  If following appeal to the Scottish
Information Commissioner you still remain dissatisfied with the outcome,
you have a right of appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law
against the decision of the Scottish Information Commissioner. 

 

If you wish us to review this decision, please complete the form enclosed
and return it to the Head of Administration, NHS Greater Glasgow and
Clyde, Corporate HQ, JB Russell House, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, 1055
Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0XH.

 

Yours sincerely,

Kay Dougans

 

Freedom of Information Officer

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Corporate HQ

J B Russell House

Gartnavel Royal Hospital Campus

1055 Great Western Road

Glasgow G12 0XH

 

[2][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]

 

[3][email address]

 

 

From: Dougans, Kay On Behalf Of FOI BOARD HQ
Sent: 06 November 2017 09:48
To: '[FOI #443407 email]'
Subject: FOI Request: Our ref 13285: Patients sent to Brighton:
Acknowledgement

 

Dear Sir or Madam

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

FOI Request: Our ref 13285: Patients sent to Brighton: Acknowledgement

 

We refer to your request for information, shown below in your email.

 

Your enquiry is being treated under our procedures for responding to
requests for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002.

 

We are dealing with your request and will endeavour to reply to you within
20 working days. If you wish to know how matters are proceeding with your
request, please do not hesitate to contact us quoting our reference 13285.

 

Yours sincerely

Kay Dougans

 

Freedom of Information Officer

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Corporate HQ

J B Russell House

Gartnavel Royal Hospital Campus

1055 Great Western Road

Glasgow G12 0XH

 

[4][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]

[5][email address]

 

Telephone 0141 201 4460 (64460)

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