Treating Patients with Sodium Nitrite Poisoning

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Dear Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Our daughter Hannah Aitken aged 22 recently took her own life by ingesting sodium nitrite. From the material we have seen so far from her inquest, we understand that there is an antidote to sodium nitrite poisoning called methylthioninium chloride, commonly referred to as methylene blue.

We request the following information :

1) Are A&E clinicians and nurses employed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust trained to recognise the symptoms of sodium nitrite poisoning ?

2) Are A&E clinicians and nurses employed by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust trained to treat patients suffering with sodium nitrite poisoning with the antidote methylthioninium chloride commonly called methylene blue ?

3) Does the A&E department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust routinely carry the antidote methylthioninium chloride commonly called methylene blue ?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Aitken

Foi Requests (NNUHFT Shared), Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Please can you give me some indication when you will be able to response to my FOIA request which was submitted on 15th January 2024.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Aitken