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

Mr David Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust as part of a batch sent to 6 authorities

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Mr David Johnson

Dear Liverpool Women's 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

Lindsey Johnson, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear David,

This Email is confirmation that the Trust has received your request and it is being processed.
You are advised that you can expect to receive a response by the 29/05/2020.

Regards
Freedom of Information Department
Liverpool Women's Hospital
Crown Street
Liverpool L8 7SS
Email: [Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust request email]

Lindsey Johnson, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear David,

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information Request, which you submitted to the Liverpool Women's Hospital on the 29/04/2020

Regards
Freedom of Information Department
Liverpool Women's Hospital
Crown Street
Liverpool L8 7SS
Email: [Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust request email]