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Resource allocation in the event that ITU/mechanical invasive ventilation demand outstrips supply

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Mr David Johnson

Dear Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

I make this request in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Firstly, please provide a spreadsheet which discloses the following data, in respect of each date from and including 1 February 2020 to and including 30 April 2020:

1. The total capacity of ITU beds (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response) which are available within your NHS Trust;

2. Of that total capacity of ITU beds (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response), the number of ITU beds which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient (whether because of Covid-19 or for another clinical reasoning);

3. Of that number of ITU beds which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient; the percentage rate of the total occupation number where the need for the ITU bed arose from the patient suffering Covid-19;

4. The total capacity of mechanical invasive ventilators (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response) which are available within your NHS Trust;

5. Of that total capacity of mechanical invasive ventilators (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response), the number of mechanical invasive ventilators which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient (whether because of Covid-19 or for another clinical reasoning);

6. Of that number of mechanical invasive ventilators which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient; the percentage rate of the total occupation number where the need for the mechanical invasive ventilator arose from the patient suffering Covid-19;

In addition to providing the above data sets, please also confirm whether, at any time since the Covid-19 pandemic began in December 2019, the Trust has created and/or adopted an official policy concerning the criteria to be applied in circumstances where the demand for ITU beds and/or mechanical invasive ventilators outstrips supply; i.e. because the number of patients in need of such resources is higher than the number of resources available.

If such a policy has been created and/or adopted, please confirm the date(s) during which the policy is or has been in effect, and please provide a complete copy of the policy, as well as any supporting documents or information which are referred to within the policy and/or which are reasonably required to understand and execute the policy and its implications.

Yours faithfully,

Mr David Johnson

FOIRequests, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Applicant,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information Ref: FOI 6876

 

Thank you for your request for Trust information under the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that a Trust
representative will be in touch with you within the statutory timescale.

Our aim is to provide the information at the earliest opportunity but
within the statutory 20 working days of receiving your request. Should
there be any difficulty or delay in providing the information to you
within the 20 day limit we will endeavour to inform you of this. If fees
apply to this request you will be informed and a fees notice will be
issued to you. Payment is then required before we proceed with your
request.

 

The Trust may require further detail from you to assist its search for the
information you have requested. You may therefore be contacted in due
course if it is necessary to clarify your request.

Please note: Your request for information may be delayed due to current
urgent operational responses to dealing with Public Health priorities. 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. Should
our response to your request breach the statutory timeframe and you remain
unhappy with our response you have the right to complain to the
Information Commissioners Office and you can contact them at Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

If you require any further information as to the process or wish to
discuss any aspect of your request, please contact the Trust quoting the
reference above.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
[1][LUHFT request email]

 

[2]Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust RGB BLUE (3)

 

 

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FOIRequests, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Applicant,

Further to your request for information made under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, please find attached our response.

We make every effort to process Freedom of Information requests in an
appropriate and efficient manner. Please assist us by taking the time to
answer the attached satisfaction / feedback questionnaire.

Kind Regards

 

Freedom of Information Team
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
[1][LUHFT request email]

 

[2]Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust RGB BLUE (3)

 

 

 

From: FOIRequests
Sent: 01 May 2020 11:20
To: 'Mr David Johnson'
Cc: FOIRequests
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Resource allocation in the
event that ITU/mechanical invasive ventilation demand outstrips supply -
FOI 6876

 

Dear Applicant,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information Ref: FOI 6876

 

Thank you for your request for Trust information under the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that a Trust
representative will be in touch with you within the statutory timescale.

Our aim is to provide the information at the earliest opportunity but
within the statutory 20 working days of receiving your request. Should
there be any difficulty or delay in providing the information to you
within the 20 day limit we will endeavour to inform you of this. If fees
apply to this request you will be informed and a fees notice will be
issued to you. Payment is then required before we proceed with your
request.

 

The Trust may require further detail from you to assist its search for the
information you have requested. You may therefore be contacted in due
course if it is necessary to clarify your request.

Please note: Your request for information may be delayed due to current
urgent operational responses to dealing with Public Health priorities. 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. Should
our response to your request breach the statutory timeframe and you remain
unhappy with our response you have the right to complain to the
Information Commissioners Office and you can contact them at Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

If you require any further information as to the process or wish to
discuss any aspect of your request, please contact the Trust quoting the
reference above.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
[3][LUHFT request email]

 

[4]Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust RGB BLUE (3)

 

 

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