Dear Highland NHS Board,
Prostate Cancer UK undertook a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request of all Trusts, Health Boards and Health and Social Care Trusts in 2016, and again in 2018, with the aim of achieving a state of the nation overview of the use of mpMRI before biopsy.

We gained an in-depth understanding of the current status of mpMRI before prostate biopsy across the UK. We have used the data to make the case to National Commissioners for implementation support. It has also guided our funding and development of resources that respond to some of the challenges and barriers to implementation that centres told us they faced.

This third and final round of questions is our means of understanding what progress has been made and to identify where we can target our resources and National Commissioners’ support to have maximum impact.

We really appreciate your help with this. Please pass the below on to your urology department for them to complete. If this is not possible we would really appreciate your help to provide as much information as you can.

Yours faithfully,

Lizzie Ellis

1. Do you routinely conduct prostate MRI (bpMRI/mpMRI) scans before first prostate biopsy as part of the initial diagnostic process? (please tick all that apply):

a. Yes, using T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted (multi-b ADC and high/long b) and dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) sequences
b. Yes, using T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted (multi-b ADC and high/long b) sequences but not DCE
c. No but we refer to another provider (please provide details)
d. No (please provide details)

2. If yes, to 1a: What percentage of men with suspected prostate cancer receive mpMRI before biopsy as part of the initial diagnostic process?

3. If yes, to 1b: What percentage of men with suspected prostate cancer receive bpMRI before biopsy as part of the initial diagnostic process?

4. What are your eligibility criteria/exclusion criteria for prostate MRI? (please tick all that apply):
a. Age (please provide details)
b. Symptoms (please provide details)
c. Life expectancy (please provide details)
d. Contra-indications (please provide details)
e. Other (please provide details)

5. Are you using results from the prostate MRI before biopsy to rule some men out of biopsy as part of the initial diagnostic process? (yes/no)

6. Do you biopsy all PI-RADS or LIKERT 3 scores?
a. Yes
b. No
c. Dependent on patient histology

7. What threshold do you mostly use for ruling men out of biopsy?
a. PI-RADs 3 and above
b. LIKERT 3 and above
c. PI-RADs 4 and above
d. LIKERT 4 and above
e. Varies depending on age (Please provide detail)
f. Varies depending on other factors (Please provide detail)

8. What percentage of men do you estimate are ruled out of biopsy?

9. Have there been any changes to your prostate MRI capacity in the last year? (please choose all that apply):
a. An additional or new MRI scanner
b. Increased MRI scanner slots for prostate
c. Agreement to use Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
d. No longer using Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
e. A scanner/magnet upgrade
f. other (free text)

10. Has the number of radiologists at your trust/health board who report prostate MRI scans changed in the last year?
a. Increased
b. Decreased
c. Stayed the same

11. How many radiologists at your trust/health board report at least 250 prostate MRI scans per year?

12. Which of the following processes do you follow to manage men ruled out of an immediate biopsy, but with a raised PSA?
a. NICE Guidelines: prostate cancer diagnosis and management (NG131)
b. A local protocol (please provide details)
c. Other (please provide details)

FOIRequestsHighland (NHS HIGHLAND), Highland NHS Board

Thank you for your FOI request.

 

Your request has been passed to a member of the FOI team and a reference
number for your request will be issued to you in the near future.

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FOIRequestsHighland (NHS HIGHLAND), Highland NHS Board

Dear Ms Ellis,

Thank you for your FOI request.

I will seek the information you request and respond in due course. This will be within the 20 working days target specified by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Please note if you have any further queries regarding this FOI please email at [NHS Highland request email] quoting the above reference.

Yours sincerely
Anna

Anna McInally
Freedom Of Information Administrator

NHS Highland
Assynt House, Beechwood Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW

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Dear FOIRequestsHighland (NHS HIGHLAND),
Further to our Freedom of Information request of 2nd Sept 2019, we have received a large number of responses, however, we are still awaiting a response from your Trust. Please provide a response as soon as possible as the deadline has passed.
Please let me know if you are having any problems completing the request.
Yours sincerely,

Yours sincerely,

Lizzie Ellis

FOIRequestsHighland (NHS HIGHLAND), Highland NHS Board

Thank you for your FOI request.

 

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number for your request will be issued to you in the near future.

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FOIRequestsHighland (NHS HIGHLAND), Highland NHS Board

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Dear Ms Ellis,

 

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
Request.

 

If you have further queries regarding this please email
[1][NHS Highland request email] quoting the above reference.

 

 

Anna McInally

Freedom of Information Administrator

 

On behalf of

 

Ruth Daly

Board Secretary

 

NHS Highland

Assynt House

Beechwood Park

Inverness

IV2 3BW

 

Dear

 

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
Request.

 

If you have further queries regarding this please email
[2][NHS Highland request email] quoting the above reference.

 

 

Anna McInally

Freedom of Information Administrator

 

On behalf of

 

Ruth Daly

Board Secretary

 

NHS Highland

Assynt House

Beechwood Park

Inverness

IV2 3BW

 

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