Unexplained Fractures in Babies

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From: B McKenzie

7 October 2011

Dear West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT),

Please could you provide all statistical data you hold broken down
year by year, in relation to admissions due to fractures in babies,
going back from 2011 to whatever date is reasonable.

I am particularly interested in

1. The age of the child at the time of injury.
2. Name of the Hospital
3. Whether the Fractures had an organic explanation. (If so what
was the cause eg. Brittle bones, Vitamin D deficiency etc)
4. Whether the Fractures were recorded as non accidental.
5. Whether police were informed.
6. Whether the child was adopted (records show child's change of
name and parent).
7. Whether the child died from the injuries.
8. Whether Social Services were informed.

I appreciate that it may not be possible to provide all the above
listed information however I would be grateful to receive whatever
information you have available and signposting towards other
organisations who may hold the relevant data.

Yours faithfully,

B McKenzie

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West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT)

11 October 2011

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which was received by
both NHS West Sussex and NHS Brighton & Hove on the 10th October 2011.
Your request will be processed in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act (2000) and you can expect to receive a response within
20 working days.

Yours faithfully

Gill Beall

Freedom of Information Officer
NHS Sussex
1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT
Direct Line: (01903) 708409
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From: Beall Gill
West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT)

14 October 2011

Dear Mr McKenzie
 
Please find below NHS West Sussex's/NHS Brighton & Hove's response to your
Freedom of Information request dated the 7th October 2011 in respect of
unexplained fractures in babies:
 

Please could you provide all statistical data you hold broken down year by
year, in relation to admissions due to fractures in babies, going back
from 2011 to whatever date is reasonable.

    

I am particularly interested in

    

1.      The age of the child at the time of injury.

2.      Name of the Hospital

3.      Whether the Fractures had an organic explanation. (If so what was
the cause eg. Brittle bones, Vitamin D deficiency etc)

4.      Whether the Fractures were recorded as non accidental.

5.      Whether police were informed.

6.      Whether the child was adopted (records show child's change of name
and parent).

7.      Whether the child died from the injuries.

8.      Whether Social Services were informed.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some data for emergency attendances and
admissions for children with fractures which relates to questions 1 and 2
of your request.  However, you would need to specify an age range (i.e.
under 12 months) and provide a specific time period that you would like us
to report over. 

 

With regards questions 3 to 8, we do not hold this data.  The relevant
provider organizations may be able to provide more detailed data and you
may therefore wish to contact them direct.  The main provider for NHS West
Sussex is Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust ([1][email address]) and for
NHS Brighton & Hove, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
([2][email address].

 

We hope this information is helpful.  However, if you are dissatisfied
with this response or the way in which your request was handled, please
contact:

 

For NHS West Sussex:

 

The Information Governance Manager

NHS West Sussex

1 The Causeway

Goring-by-Sea

West Sussex   BN12 6BT

 

or via [3][NHS West Sussex request email] giving your reasons.

 

For NHS Brighton & Hove:

 

Complaints Manager

NHS Brighton and Hove

Level 4

Lanchester House

Trafalgar Place

Brighton   BN1 4FU

 

or to [4][email address] giving your reasons.

 

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appeal.  In order to do so, please contact:

 

FOI Complaints Resolution

The Information Commissioner’s Office

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Wilmslow

Cheshire    SK9 5AF

Telephone: (01625) 545700

 

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Any enquiries regarding this document/publication should be sent to us at
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Yours sincerely

 
Gill Beall
 
Freedom of Information Officer
NHS Sussex
1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT
Direct Line: (01903) 708409
Email: [6][email address]
NHS Net: [7][email address] Please use this address when sending
sensitive or identifiable information
Freedom of Information: [8][NHS West Sussex request email] / [9][email address]
 Please use these addresses for all Freedom of Information
requests/enquiries
[10]www.westsussex.nhs.uk / [11]www.brightonandhove.nhs.uk
 
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and delete the email from your system.  The views expressed within this
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Care Trust.
 
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