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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 Salford Royal 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

Freedom of information request, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your enquiry.

 

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If your enquiry is a Freedom of Information request, please note that an
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Kind regards

 

The Freedom of Information Team

PennineFOI atSalford, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Good morning,

 

RE: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement Ref code FOI 10197

 

The Trust is currently facing an increase in staff workload and resource
redeployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the added pressures on
the NHS, the Trust is unlikely to have the capacity to obtain the
information you have requested. The Information Commissioners Office has
issued guidance [1]here.

 

As a result of this, we are requesting that you consider the need for this
information at this time.  Wherever possible, we would ask you to work
with us and withdraw the request and resubmit once the pandemic is over.

 

Where your request is required urgently we will endeavour to get the
information (in part or in whole) to you as soon as we can.

 

Your patience at this time is appreciated

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Office

Digital

Northern Care Alliance

Salford/North Manchester/Oldham/Rochdale/Fairfield

Team Tel: Please note our offices are closed for the forseeable future.
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Mr David Johnson

I write responding to your email, which asks me to consider withdrawing my FOI request because of the current pressures upon the NHS in the context of the ongoing pandemic.

As my request relates to the pandemic itself, and arises in the context of a serious human rights issue relating to the allocation of NHS resources, I am unable to withdraw the request -- this is a significant contemporary issue which requires journalistic investigation and comment. I appreciate there are undue pressures upon the NHS at this time; nonetheless, this request simply cannot wait until a later date, given its contextual importance.

Yours sincerely,

Mr David Johnson

PennineFOI atSalford, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Good morning David,

Thank you for your confirmation, we will continue to collate a response to your request.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Office
Digital
Northern Care Alliance
Salford/North Manchester/Oldham/Rochdale/Fairfield
Team Tel: Please note our offices are closed for the forseeable future. The best way to contact the team is via email or Microsoft teams

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PennineFOI atSalford, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Further to your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act,
we write to confirm that progress is being made with enquiries regarding
your requested information.

 

We are unable to release information at this point however we shall
endeavour to release this information to you as soon as possible.  You may
find it useful to look at information that has been pre-published on our
website.

 

The Trust is currently facing an increase in staff workload and resource
redeployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICO has issued guidance
here.

Please be assured that the Trust will keep you informed of all
developments with your current request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Freedom of Information Office

Digital

Northern Care Alliance

Salford/North Manchester/Oldham/Rochdale/Fairfield

Team Tel: Please note our offices are closed for the foreseeable future.
The best way to contact the team is via email.

 

Email: [email address]

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Adesugba Kanaydchukwu(Kemi), Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Dear David Johnson,

 

FOI/10197

 

You currently have a Freedom of Information Request with the above
reference number open with the Trust. 

 

We write at this time, to confirm we have this request on our caseload. 
We wish to apologise that this request is currently over the expected
timeframes of the legislation for release.

 

As you are aware, the past few months have been extremely busy and most of
our services are working under immense pressure.

 

If there are instances where the information requested is no longer
required; a return confirmation of this would be appreciated so we can
close the file.

 

If you still require the information, please respond to this email and let
us know so we can continue to process your request. It may be the case
that we are able to release parts of the information you requested earlier
than others.

 

 

Thanking you for your support and understanding.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information Office

Northern Care Alliance

(Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)

 

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