How long has the QVH - and thus the NHS - paid for Nipple tatoos ?

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

I wish to ask some questions under the auspices of the F0I Act 200.

I read in the QVH 2017-2018 Quality Review that:
"Nurse led provision of local anaesthetic for nipple tattooing.
Following patient feedback, and to improve patient experience, our breast care nurses have undergone training enabling them to give local anaesthetic to patients at the time of nipple tattooing."

Forgive my ignorance, but is this procedure purely for cultural or personal enhancements, or is it for serious surgical non-cosmetic reformation ?

1. How many, "nipple tattooing" procedures have taken place in the last 5 years, up to the 1st April 2019 ?

2. How much in total has this cost the NHS ?

3. Have any such treatments been undertaken by self-funding (ie private patients) patients in the proceeding 5 years ?

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Foi (QUEEN VICTORIA HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Sir/Madam 
  
Thank you for your request for information. 
  
We will endeavour to respond within a maximum of 20 working days.

If there is anything on which you need further clarification, please do
not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Dominic Bailey 
Information Governance Lead | Informatics 
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Foi (QUEEN VICTORIA HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Pam

 

Thank you for your enquiry.

 

You asked if the nipple tattooing procedure carried out at this Trust was
purely for cultural or personal enhancements, or for serious surgical
non-cosmetic reformation.

 

The procedure is only offered in the following circumstances:

Loss of Nipple and Areola Complex (NAC) following a breast cancer
diagnosis and/or a mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Following a burn to the chest

Following surgical complications resulting in loss of the NAC.

Following a trauma to the breast resulting of loss to the NAC.

 

You also asked the following questions. Responses follow each one.

 

1.  How many, "nipple tattooing" procedures have taken place in the last 5
years, up to the 1st April 2019 ?

From appointments held between 01/04/2014 00:00 to 31/03/2019 24:00  :

1487 procedures were recorded with OPCS code  ‘B364 RECONSTRUCTION OF
NIPPLE AND AREOLA - TATTOOING OF NIPPLE’ of which 344 were recorded as
‘Bilateral’ each patient needs 2 appointments to complete the procedure.

 

2. How much in total has this cost the NHS  ?

B3592 Micropigmentation to Bilateral (Z94.1) nipple & areola = £856

B3592 Micropigmentation to Unilateral (right or left) nipple & areola
(Z94.2 or Z94.3) = £685

 

3. Have any such treatments been undertaken by self-funding (ie private
patients) patients in the proceeding 5 years ?

None at QVH. The treatment is purely for NHS patients.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further
information or clarification.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your enquiry, you have the
right to appeal via our complaints department.

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome, you can write to:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545700

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Dominic Bailey
Information Governance Lead | Informatics
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Foi (QUEEN VICTORIA HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

I am most obliged for the timely and comprehensive response - well done to all.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Bryn Wayt

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