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Dear Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to receive information regarding the NHS Nightingale Exeter hospital.

Specifically I would like to know:

1 – What is the status of the Nightingale hospital as of January 4, 2021? Is the Nightingale available for the health trust to use to treat patients, is it mothballed, has it been closed down, or another status?
(Please note, this question was asked previously in FOI number 695924. A trust press release of November 26, 2020 said the Nightingale was being used to treat patients with Covid-19 as of that date. I am now seeking the most current information as of January 4, 2021.)

2 – How many patients have been treated at the Nightingale hospital from its date of opening to January 4, 2021?
(Please note, this question was asked previously in FOI number 695924, but was not answered directly or via any of the links or FOI references provided in that FOI response. I am now seeking the most current information as of January 4, 2021.)

3 – Is the Nightingale being used as/or has it been used as a cancer testing/treatment facility from its date of opening to January 4, 2021? Please state whether the hospital is currently being used for this purpose or has been previously?
(Please note, this question has been answered previously in FOI number F2663 on August 18, 2020. I am seeking the most current information as of January 4, 2021.)

4 – Is the Nightingale being used as/or has it been used as a Covid-19 treatment facility from its date of opening to January 4, 2021? Please state whether the hospital is currently being used for this purpose or has been previously?
(Please note, a press release issued by the trust on November 26, 2020 says the Nightingale Exeter was caring for Covid-19 patients. I am seeking the most current information as of January 4, 2021.)

5 - Is the Nightingale being used for/or has it been used to deliver any other patient treatment from its date of opening to January 4, 2021? If so, please give brief details of how it has been used.
(Please note, a press release issued by the trust on August 13, 2020, said the Nightingale Exeter was providing CT scanning and ultrasound services and echocardiography tests. Another press release issued by the trust on November 26, 2020 said the Nightingale Hospital Exeter provided nearly 3,000 diagnostic tests to local people and had hosted the delivery of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine study. I am seeking the most current information as of January 4, 2021.)

6 - What is the budgeted monthly running cost/or budgeted monthly standby cost for the Nightingale hospital? FOI response F2614 of August 12, 2020 gives the monthly stand-by costs incurred by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust as £409,000. Is this figure correct as of January 4, 2021?

7 - What is the number of beds at the Nightingale hospital? FOI response F2614 of August 12, 2020 says the number of beds is 116. Is this figure correct as of January 4, 2021?

8 - What is the number of ITU or ICU beds at the Nightingale hospital? FOI response F2614 of August 12, 2020 says the number of ITU beds is 44, however these beds can be used flexibly. Is this information correct as of January 4, 2021?

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,
Emma Youle

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (ROYAL DEVON AND EXETER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Emma,

Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference Number: F2858

Thank you for your request, which was received the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on.

We are processing your request in accordance with the Trust’s Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 Procedures. You are entitled to receive our response as soon as possible, but by no later than 01/02/2021. However, please note our Trust response to your request for information may possibly be delayed due to current urgent operational responses to dealing with Covid – 19 Public Health priorities. If this was to be the case, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, we do remain committed to responding to your request and will respond as soon as we are able.

Please note, You may find suitable information by visiting the Trust Webb site. All Freedom of Information requests previously approved are disclosed on the Trust Webb site. :- Link as follows

https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/trust/inf...

If you have any further queries or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Information Governance Office
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW

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FREEDOMOFINFORMATION (ROYAL DEVON AND EXETER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Ms Youle,

Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference Number: F2858.

I am writing in response to your request for information, which was received by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on 04/01/2021.

Please find the Trust’s response to your request, attached.

If you are in any way dissatisfied with how your request has been handled, please let us know by responding to this email and requesting an internal review. All internal reviews are conducted by the Trust’s Information Governance Manager in accordance with the Trust’s Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 Procedures. Complainants who remain dissatisfied with the Trust at the end of the internal review procedure have the right to take their complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Many thanks and kind regards

Information Governance Office
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW

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