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Dear Freedom of Information Officer,

Please could you provide me with the following information.

For each year 2016, 2017, and 2018, how many cases were there of babies being born affected by a maternal use of drugs? For each case, please provide an indication of the relevant substance. Please also provide any protocols on treating such cases.

Please see the figures in this news report as a reference for what I am looking for.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37851654

Yours faithfully,
Emma Guy

FOI - Freedom of Information, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

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Our Reference: HM/FOI/40399

 

10 December 2018

 

Emma Guy

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Dear Ms Guy,

 

Request for Information

 

Thank you for your request for information, as received via email by
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust on 7 December 2018.  Within
UHL NHS Trust, Freedom of Information Act requests are managed centrally
by the Corporate and Committee Services Team, and I confirm that your
request is now being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The Trust will endeavour to provide a response within the required 20
working-day deadline.  I will, of course, keep you informed should this
not prove possible for any reason. If we require any clarification on your
request, we will contact you as soon as possible.

 

All requesters are advised that the Trust may make a charge for providing
the information to them, to cover the cost of photocopying, postage and
packaging etc – I confirm that where these costs are below £5.00 in total,
no charge will be made.  All requesters are also advised that there may
also be a charge payable to cover costs of locating the information they
have requested, as laid down in the Freedom of Information Act Regulations
published by the Government in December 2004.  Naturally, if such a charge
is to be applied to your request, you will be informed as soon as
possible.

 

Yours sincerely,

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FOI - Freedom of Information, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

1 Attachment

Corporate and Legal Affairs – Corporate and Committee Services

 

Our Reference: HM/FOI/40399

 

9 January 2019

 

Dear Ms Guy

 

Request for Information

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request, as received
on 7 December 2018 and acknowledged on 10 December 2018. For information,
the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is one of the largest and
busiest NHS teaching Trusts in the country incorporating the Leicester
Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and Leicester General Hospitals. Our three
hospitals have around 15,000 staff serving around 1.2 million people
across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and a further two to three
million people from the rest of the UK who come to us for treatment from
one of our specialist services.  During 2017/18 we treated 1,410,500
patients - that’s 3,864 patients each day.

 

Following consultation with colleagues from the Women’s and Children’s
Clinical Management Group I confirm that the University Hospitals of
Leicester NHS Trust holds information covered by your FOI request.   In
your Freedom of Information Act request, you asked for the following
information and the Trust’s response is provided below following each
section of your request:-  

 

For each year 2016, 2017, and 2018, how many cases were there of babies
being born affected by a maternal use of drugs? For each case, please
provide an indication of the relevant substance. Please also provide any
protocols on treating such cases.

 

Following consultation with colleagues from the Women’s and Children’s
Clinical Management Group, I am advised that the information you have
requested is not held in a readily accessible format. I am advised that
the majority of babies who are born to mothers who have admitted to taking
drugs do not have pharmacological treatment and the mother is not booked
with the Specialist Midwife, they are cared for by the Community Midwives
antenatally and on the post-natal ward and therefore cannot be easily
identified without reviewing the notes individually.  I am further advised
that a manual review of patient records would be required in order to
locate, extract and collate information on the individual types of drugs
that women have taken and the effect upon their babies. 

 

For the years 2016-18, I am advised that 450 women were booked for care
with UHL’s Substance Misuse Specialist Midwife.  It is estimated that the
length of time it would take to review the patient notes of these women
only would be over 225 hours (based on an estimate of 30 minutes per case)
and this would therefore significantly exceed the 18-hour ‘appropriate
limit’ provided for under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Under
section 12 of that Act, therefore, the Trust does not propose to progress
your request further.  It may be, however, that if you were to refine your
request the Trust may be able to provide some information to you within
the 18-hour limit.

I hope that this response is satisfactory and provides you with the
information requested (where available). If you require any further
assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you are dissatisfied
with the Trust’s response, you can contact the Director of Corporate and
Legal Affairs on Tel. No. 0116 258 8615 to request a copy of UHL’s Freedom
of Information Act complaints procedure.

 

We must advise you that where we have provided information we have done so
subject to the provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information
Regulations 2005.  Accordingly you must not re-use this information
without having the consent of the Trust.  Where the Trust is prepared to
provide its consent then it may levy a charge for doing so. Should you
wish to re-use documents provided then you must make your request in
writing stating your name and your address for correspondence together
with the document that you wish to re-use and the purpose for which the
information is to be re-used.

 

In the event that you remain dissatisfied with the way in which the Trust
has handled any complaint that you may wish to make, we would advise you
of your right to complain to the Information Commissioner at the
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Hina Majeed

Corporate and Committee Services Officer

Hina Majeed
Corporate and Committee Services Officer
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Belgrave House
Leicester General Hospital
Leicester LE5 4QF

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Freedom of Information Act 2000, and confidentiality cannot therefore be
guaranteed.  Please ensure that all e-mails are accurate and appropriate,
and are retained/deleted in accordance with good practice and any policies
of the Trust.  If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail,
please inform the sender, delete the e-mail from your system and destroy
any copies you may have made.

 

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