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Dear Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust,

Please can you clarify the number of wards and beds allocated for Covid-19/coronavirus patients in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock hospitals (ie total capacity for coronavirus patients in each).

Can you also tell me where patients would be treated if the above wards/beds reached capacity?

Yours faithfully,

Max Flatley

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Corporate Governance & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon University Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL
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Dear Mr Flatley,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 12.01.2021, which
has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). 

 

Your request and our response are as follows:

 

Please can you clarify the number of wards and beds allocated for
Covid-19/coronavirus patients in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock hospitals
(ie total capacity for coronavirus patients in each).

 

Can you also tell me where patients would be treated if the above
wards/beds reached capacity?

 

COVID- 19 death figures and hospital activity are reported daily on the
NHS England (NHSE) website. We are counting COVID-19 deaths and hospital
activity as per the national guidance.

 

NHSE Covid-19 death figures can be found via the link below:

[1]https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/st...
.

 

NHSE Information regarding Covid-19 Hospital Activity can be found via the
link below:

[2]Statistics » COVID-19 Hospital Activity (england.nhs.uk) and contains
the following information:

 

Monthly publication of Covid-19 data

The publication covers:

+ the number of patients in hospital with COVID including those in
mechanical ventilation
+ the number of patients admitted to hospital with COVID
+ the number of patients diagnosed in hospital with COVID
+ the number of patients discharged from hospital
+ staffing absences

 

Weekly publication of Covid-19 admissions and bed occupancy data

This file contains Covid data on measures of:-

o hospital admissions,
o number of beds occupied by Covid patients
o number of MV beds (capable of supporting mechanical ventilation)
occupied by Covid patients
o number of Adult G&A beds; occupied by Covid patients; occupied by
non-Covid patients, unoccupied
o hospital admissions,
o number of all beds occupied by Covid patients
o number of MV beds occupied by Covid patients

 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) [3]Home - Office for National
Statistics (ons.gov.uk) are responsible for the provision of mortality
statistics for England and Wales.  The ONS have published responses to FOI
enquiries regarding Covid-19 deaths which can be found via the link below:

[4]https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transpare...

Further information, including search for data by postcode, can be found
via the link below:

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

 

We have also received advice from NHS England who have provided the links
below:

[6]https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/...  

[7]Healthcare | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)

[8]Daily summary | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk) – to search for
information by postcode

 

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Act – ‘Information reasonably accessible to the applicant via other
means’.

 

Please be advised that Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust (BTUH) Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
(SHUT) and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (MEHT) ceased to exist on
31 March 2020. 

 

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT), which was formed on 1
April 2020 by merger of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, Basildon
and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southend
University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is now responsible for all
Freedom of Information requests concerning the three former trusts.

 

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Kind regards

 

Nicola Frost

Freedom of Information Manager – MSE Group

Corporate Governance & Membership Services

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Basildon University Hospital

Nethermayne

Basildon

Essex, SS16 5NL

Telephone: 01268 593631

Email: [12][email address]

 

Visit our website: [13]https://www.mse.nhs.uk/

 

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Dear FOI,

My questions were not answered. I specifically asked the following:

1. Can you clarify the number of wards and beds allocated for
Covid-19/coronavirus patients in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock hospitals
(ie total capacity for coronavirus patients in each).

2. Can you also tell me where patients would be treated if the above
wards/beds reached capacity?

Neither question was answered, just general government stats and websites offered.

Yours sincerely,

Max Flatley

Freedom of Information Requests

This is an automated response to confirm receipt of your email request for information.

The Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the NHS is facing unprecedented challenges relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the current time.

Understandably, our resources have been diverted to support our front-line colleagues who are working tremendously hard to provide care for our patients, and to those in need of our services. We strive to be transparent and to work with an open culture, but at this time when care of our patients and the safety of our staff takes priority, it is likely that responses to some requests for information will be delayed.

We apologise for this, and will endeavour to provide you with as much information as we can, as soon as we are able.

If you have any concerns in this regard, please contact us. You also have the right to complain about the handling of your FOI request to the Information. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545 700 Web Address: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

Please be advised that Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH) Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (SHUT) and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (MEHT) ceased to exist on 31 March 2020.

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT), which was formed on 1 April 2020 by merger of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is now responsible for all Freedom of Information requests concerning the three former trusts.

The Freedom of Information address for Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is [email address]<mailto:[email address]>. All future requests should be sent to that address, from which all responses to new requests will be sent.

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Thank you for your co-operation.

Kind regards

Nicola Frost
Freedom of Information Manager – MSE Group
Corporate Governance & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon University Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL
Telephone: 01268 593631
Email: [email address]<mailto:[email address]>

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Dear Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Number of beds allocated to Covid-19 patients'.

Dear FOI,

My questions were not answered. I specifically asked the following:

1. Can you clarify the number of wards and beds allocated for
Covid-19/coronavirus patients in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock hospitals
(ie total capacity for coronavirus patients in each).

2. Can you also tell me where patients would be treated if the above
wards/beds reached capacity?

Neither question was answered, just general government stats and websites offered.

Yours sincerely,

Max Flatley

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Max Flatley

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Dear Mr Flatley

 

Thank you for your email of  05.02.2021 requesting an internal review of
our response to your request for information about the of number beds
allocated to Covid-19 patients in the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation
Trust (MSEFT).

 

1. Can you clarify the number of wards and beds allocated for
Covid-19/coronavirus patients in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock hospitals
(ie total capacity for coronavirus patients in each).

 

We provided the links to the national data published for hospital activity
reported daily on the NHS England (NHSE) website as this provides the
weekly publication of Covid-19 admissions and bed occupancy data by Trust
for:

o number of all beds occupied by Covid patients
o number of MV beds occupied by Covid patients (mechanical ventilation)

 

However, as bed numbers will change across a year period, especially since
COVID-19 given the operational changes and surge planning/response, to
enable the Trust to process you request, I am writing to you to ask for
clarification. Therefore, it would be helpful to clarify the snapshot time
point you require the data for.

 

This part of your request will then be considered and you will receive the
information available within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as
defined in the Freedom of Information Act, subject to the information not
being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

 

2. Can you also tell me where patients would be treated if the above
wards/beds reached capacity?

 

Please find below the following information which is now available:

 

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation trust (MSEFT) comprises 3 hospital
sites; Basildon Hospital, Broomfield Hospital and Southend Hospital.
 Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic MSEFT Load levelled both internally
between the three hospital sites, as well as with other trusts.  This
occurred when sites experienced high demand for ITU capacity whist
capacity at other units was available.  The following data represents all
Covid-19 patients transferred from MSEFT during December 2020 and January
2021.

 

Total inter-MSE-hospital
Total Covid transfers out of: transfers
  Dec-20 Jan-21   Dec-20 Jan-21
Basildon 18 20 Basildon > Broomfield 1 6
Southend 19 27 Basildon > Southend 0 1
Broomfield 9 3 Southend > Broomfield 4 10
MSEFT 46 50 Southend > Basildon 2 3
Broomfield > Basildon 1 1

 

 

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The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire.  SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545 700

Web Address: [4]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

 

Yours sincerely

 

Nicola Frost

Freedom of Information Manager – MSE Group

Corporate Governance & Membership Services

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon University Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Telephone: 01268 593631

Email: [5][email address]

 

Visit our website: [6]https://www.mse.nhs.uk/

 

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