Statistics for Diagnoses of Munchausen's by Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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Dear Lothian NHS Board,

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The information I’d like to receive is as follows:

- I’d like to know how many cases of Munchausen Syndrome (also known as factitious disorder imposed on self) have been diagnosed at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since it first opened?

- I’d like the numbers of Munchausen cases for each department of the hospital.

- I’d like the number of cases per department also to be broken down by gender (i.e how many were male and how many were female).

NB - I’m only requesting the number of Munchausen cases (not Munchausen by Proxy).

Yours faithfully,


Pillath, Bryony, Lothian NHS Board

Dear A. E.

Thank you for your email. Your request will now be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, which requires that we respond to you within 20 working days.

We will therefore be required to send you a formal response to your request by 19 April 2018.

NHS Lothian’s policy on Freedom of Information requires all requests to be collated and responded to from the offices of Lothian NHS Board at Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.

In the meantime if you have any queries about the way in which your request will be handled please contact me at the address below.


Bryony Pillath

Freedom of Information Officer and Committee Administrator
NHS Lothian Secretariat
Waverley Gate
2-4 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
0131 465 5676 (35676)

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Mutch, Richard, Lothian NHS Board

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Dear Mutch, Richard,

Many thanks for providing the information.

Yours sincerely,


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