Radioisotope heart STRESS scan

Alison Stevens made this Freedom of Information request to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

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Dear University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust,

Can you please answer the following questions with regards to this Freedom of Information request.
1. How many deaths have there been in the last 12 calendar months with regards to Patients having a Thallium heart stress test?
2. How many Patients have died after having cardiac Catheterisation please give statistics for the past 12 calendar months?
3 .How many Patients have been admitted to hospital after having a adverse reaction to a thallium based heart stress scan please give statistics for the past 12 calendar months?
4. How many Patients have refused to have a thallium heart stress scan on the day of the procedure? Please give statistics for the past 12 calendar months?

Yours faithfully,

Alison Stevens

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

Corporate and Legal Affairs – Corporate and Committee Services

Our Reference: GB/FOI/39957

21 August 2018

Dear Ms Stevens,

Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information, as received via email by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust on 16 August 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,

Gill Belton
Corporate and Committee Services Officer
Belgrave House, Leicester General Hospital site
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

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

Corporate and Legal Affairs – Corporate and Committee Services

Our Reference: GB/FOI/39957

14 September 2018

Dear Ms Stevens

Request for Information

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request, as received on 16 August 2018 and acknowledged on 21 August 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 Operations Directorate, the Renal, Respiratory and Cardio Vascular Clinical Management Group and the Clinical Support and Imaging Clinical Management Group, I confirm that the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust holds some 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:-

1. How many deaths have there been in the last 12 calendar months with regards to Patients having a Thallium heart stress test?

I am advised that this procedure is not undertaken in UHL.

2. How many Patients have died after having cardiac Catheterisation please give statistics for the past 12 calendar months?

During the period from August 2017 to July 2018 inclusive, 40 patients are recorded as having died in hospital and having undergone cardiac catheterisation during the same hospital admission, out of a total of 2130 patients who underwent cardiac catherisation in this same time period. Please note that it cannot be ascertained whether death occurred as a result of cardiac catheterisation without undertaking a full manual case note review for each individual patient. Estimating at least one hour to manually review one set of case notes, it would take at least 40 hours to manually review 40 sets of case notes. This is significantly in excess of the ‘appropriate limit’ of 18 hours as provided for under the Freedom of Information Act (Section 12 refers). Accordingly, and in reliance upon Section 12, the Trust does not intend to undertake this work.

3. How many Patients have been admitted to hospital after having an adverse reaction to a thallium based heart stress scan please give statistics for the past 12 calendar months?

Please see response to question 1.

4. How many Patients have refused to have a thallium heart stress scan on the day of the procedure? Please give statistics for the past 12 calendar months?

Please see response to question 1.

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,

Gill Belton
Corporate and Committee Services Officer
Belgrave House, Leicester General Hospital site
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Information contained in emails may be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and confidentiality cannot therefore be guaranteed. Please ensure that all emails are accurate and appropriate, and are retained / deleted in accordance with good practice and any policies of the Trust.

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