Sexual health postal testing kits – NHS hospital trusts

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Dear Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust,

I'm enquiring about sexual health postal testing kits. I would like to know:

(1) the amount spent in pounds sterling on sexual health postal testing kits (which are sent through the post to a patient's home and then returned by them for analysis) in the past three financial years: 2018-19; 2017-18; 2016-17 – up to the latest year for which data is held.

(2) the number of sexual health postal testing kits sent to patients in the past three years (figures for each year)

(3) the number of sexual health postal testing kits returned to the authority in the same years (figures for each year)

Please contact me at your earliest convenience for any clarification and also advise me on my request as per the relevant legislation. Please provide the data in Excel spreadsheet format.

Yours faithfully,
Basia Cummings

FoI (BRIGHTON AND SUSSEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Basia Cummings,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act 2000.

 

We are now in a position to respond to your request.

 

Your request:

 

I'm enquiring about sexual health postal testing kits. I would like to
know:

 

(1) the amount spent in pounds sterling on sexual health postal testing
kits (which are sent through the post to a patient's home and then
returned by them for analysis) in the past three financial years: 2018-19;
2017-18; 2016-17 – up to the latest year for which data is held.

 

(2) the number of sexual health postal testing kits sent to patients in
the past three years (figures for each year)

 

(3) the number of sexual health postal testing kits returned to the
authority in the same years (figures for each year)

 

Our response:

 

Under Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Trust
can confirm that it holds information relevant to your request and this
has been provided where possible below.

 

This is an in-house service that has only been running since April 2018,
therefore we do not hold relevant information prior to this date.  The
following information has been reported for the period April 2018 – March
2019.

 

1.  Exact spend figures have not been calculated and are therefore not
held by the Trust at this time.  The kits are put together in-house and
testing is processed in-house.  It is estimated that the kits cost between
£3-5 depending on the nature of testing requested; urine or vaginal swab
is approximately £3, triple site + bloods is approximately £5.

 

2.  The number of postal testing kits sent out for the period April 2018 –
March 2019 = 3,569

 

3.  The number of postal testing kits returned to the Trust for the period
April 2018 – March 2019 = 1,832

 

 

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