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Questions asked in 2009

In this section, we shall publish the questions asked through the Freedom of Information Act as well as the redacted responses.

 

January 2009

  • Data on each occasion where maternity units were closed to new admissions due to capacity
  • Number of assaults reported on NHS staff (December 2008) and type of assault
  • % of pregnant women offered antenatal classes (first time and non-first time mothers)
  • Does your Trust use the WHO Safer Surgery Saves Lives guidelines in operating theatres?
  • For how many days has your maternity unit closed to admissions for any reason (05/06 to date)
  • Has any clinical or non-clinical director been abroad on Trust business (last two years)?
  • Does your A&E department collect data on injuries caused by violent criminal offences?
  • What information do you pass on to the Police in relation to suspected violent injuries?
  • Number of people treated for gunshot wounds or sharp weapon (2006 to 2008)
  • Bed occupancy rate (2007/08)
  • Details of calculation of bed occupancy rate used by the Trust
  • Did the Trust report no cases of hospital acquired MRSA blood stream bacteraemia (2008)?
  • Name of A&E departments and occasions where the Trust had to redirect patients
  • Number of official complaints logged by the Trust to the maternity unit (2007/08)
  • Details of patient's mother care
  • Details of senior management of the Trust
  • Number of occasions when pest control was called to deal with a problem (2007/08)
  • Details of all eligibility criteria for access to NHS care for assisted conception (last three years)
  • Number of people who were diagnosed with chemotherapy induced febrile neutropenia
  • Number of FTE staff employed in marketing and budget (2006/07 to 2009/10)
  • 20 PCTs with highest referral rates for a first outpatient appointment (2003/04 and 2008/09)
  • How many appointments were cancelled due to lost notes (last five years)?
  • How many surgical operations and appointments were cancelled (last five years)?
  • Copy of Trust IM&T strategy and business plan (2008/09)
  • Date of last audit / investigation on the appropriateness of patient record access
  • Data on Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, Burkholderia (2006 to 2008)
  • Number of people who received any chemotherapy (2008)
  • Copy of assessment of the impact of the international financial reporting standards
  • Details of viewing and copies of patient notes

 

February 2009

  • % of doctors (by grade) who worked over 48 hours (1 week, 13 weeks, 26 weeks in last year)
  • Copy of business plan 2008/09, prescribing formulary 2009 and FT documents
  • Statistics on alzheimers in the area of Woking
  • Number of sexual assaults against patients in hospital (2007/08) by staff or patients
  • Expenditure made to each supplier who supplied goods / services over £500,000 pa
  • Number of NHS-funded organ or tissue transplants recipient is non-UK resident
  • How many times have viruses / malware penetrated your IT systems 2007/08
  • Total number of maternity support staff (bands 2, 3, 4) and midwives (bands 5+) (2007/08)
  • Names of Chief Executives of the Trust since its formation
  • Was there a section in the 2007/08 accounts for losses for items that failed to arrive?
  • Details of the Trust drug formulary
  • Copy of the organisation chart for IT team and information / performance team
  • Information on patients treated for MRSA and C Diff (2006/07 and 2007/08)
  • Number of staff / agency workers reprimanded, disciplined, suspended, sacked (last five years)
  • Copy of the structure chart for HR department including names, positions and direct lines
  • Revenue made from bedside entertainment suites (expenditure and surplus to date)
  • Does the Trust intend to implement the IT system provided by its LSP as part of NPfIT
  • Breakdown of plans for spending declared surplus (2006/07 and 2007/08)
  • List of all HR management
  • How many Serious Untoward Incidents (SUIs) were reported and details (2008)?

 

March 2009

  • Number of surgical operations cancelled (2006 to 2008) and reasons for the cancellations
  • Number of boys treated for complications of circumcision (last five years)
  • Tariff for private patients (2007/08) with volume of each treatment carried out and income
  • Private patient debt (as at 31/03/08) and list of debtors over 6 months overdue
  • Number of LINAC, PET, CT, MRI and Lithotripters on site
  • Copy of Trust's organisation chart and IT / IS department structure with contact details
  • Expenditure on fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy produce (last three years)
  • Copy of business intelligence and Cognos organisation charts
  • Copy of named organisation chart finance, IT, information and HR
  • Name of all employees that have attended a Common Purpose course (since 2000)
  • Organogram (business structure) of PCT with emphasis on information department
  • Personal details of named deceased patient
  • Contact details for managerial responsibility for Medical Records
  • Expenditure on interpreters and translation (2008)
  • Details of staff suspended and the length of time of their suspension
  • Written breakdown of IT department in terms of job titles and functions
  • Does your maternity services have a policy of weighing mothers at ante-natal contact?
  • Number of tonsillectomies (2006/07 and 2007/08) as well as cost of the procedures
  • Expenditure on consultancy services (2007/08 to date) and work done
  • Details of contracts for printers and multi-functional devices
  • Number of girls under 16 that have given birth (last five years)
  • Number of girls under 16 admitted to A&E for excessive alcohol / drug consumption
  • Money received for maternity care (PbR, block contract and other sources)
  • Details of births (hospital and home) by month (2008)
  • Registered interests of the Chairman and Chief Executive (incl. party political affiliation)
  • Details of Head of Estates
  • All nurses and doctors on duty in A&E for specific named nights
  • Copies of bid / submission for Improving C Diff capital challenge fund money (2006/07)
  • Detailed structure of marketing / communications and HR departments
  • Number of births (hospital and home) (2008)
  • Number of births in other locations (2007 and 2008)
  • Do you have any Rheumatologists who specialise in Spondular Arthropathies?
  • Name of contractor carrying out the resurfacing of Ashford car park (tenders and cost)
  • Unusual NHS stories in radiography

 

April 2009

  • Copies of the environmental health reports for hospitals kitchen and canteen (2007 and 2008)
  • Breakdown of the structure of the commissioning, finance and service redesign directorates
  • Have you at any time hired a temporary senior manager during 2008?
  • Structure of the organisation
  • Contact details of the leading and development managers / team managers at the Trust
  • Expenditure on provision of translation into other languages other than English
  • Breakdown of patient numbers of total time spent in A&E in 10 minute periods (2008/09)
  • Who is the European Working Time Directive lead in the Trust?
  • Details of patient incentive schemes for healthy behaviour (weight loss, smoking, alcohol)
  • Details of hospital use of LINAC, PET, CT, MRI and Lithotripters
  • Number of first outpatient referrals for every quarter (since April 2003)
  • Number of male and female patients receiving laser treatment (EVLA) for vascular surgery
  • Copies of the three most recent risk assessments of the Trust's maternity services
  • Do you have a formal discharge policy? Procedures for informing GP of A&E discharge?
  • Number of intensive care beds at each hospital site and occupancy rate
  • Number of clinical staff, non-clinical staff placed on disciplinary suspension
  • Did any employees receive private healthcare benefits paid for by the Trust?
  • Number of people who received any chemotherapy (2008)
  • Details of obtaining a copy of deceased patients records
  • How many Bounty packs have been distributed to new mothers (last three years)?
  • Details of death rates on Bank Holiday weekends compared to normal weekends
  • All documents / reports on patients in infection control bays and facilities they use
  • Staffing levels on Bank Holiday weekends compared to normal weekends
  • Copy of the Do Not Attempt Resuscitation policy in emergency medicine department
  • Summaries of each SUI registered by the Trust (2007 to date)

 

May 2009

  • Side effects of pelvic radiotherapy treatment listed on consent form given to patients
  • Number of men and women by age group who have had their stomach pumped due to alcohol
  • Budget on ingredients for patients' meals (2008/09) and cost per patient per day
  • Documents on diabetes service (strategies, implementation plans) and staff / network details
  • Copy of annual plans (2008/09 and 2009/10)
  • Data on hypothyroid patients and the medications they get prescribed
  • Number of patients self-referred for physiotherapy treatment (last three years)
  • Breakdown of job title of every paid post as well as the average salary for each post
  • Copy of the ICT plan or investment strategy and expenditure for 2007/08
  • Approval of requests from clinicians for the use of medicines outside licensed indication
  • Board member / senior manager with responsibility for investigating staff concerns

 

June 2009

  • Full expense claims of executives and top 3 highest paid employees (2007/08)
  • Expenditure on nursing, midwifery and health visiting (2006/07 to 2008/09)
  • How many mortuary facilities are operated by your trust and where are these facilities located?
  • Updated list of the people that work within the Clinical Coding department
  • Details of named foreign patient
  • Does the trust have a current Drugs and Therapeutics committee (or equivalent)
  • Staffing on medical wards during each non-Bank Holiday weekend
  • Staffing on medical wards during Bank Holiday weekends
  • Staffing on medical wards during Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2009
  • Staffing on medical wards during Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2008
  • Expenditure on consultancy services (2006/07 to 2008/09) and names of projects
  • Incidents (2008/09) with mislabelled pathology samples or insufficient patient information
  • How many Consultant Microbiologists are employed by your Trust?
  • Number of "ghost" patients on the Trust's GP lists in last five years
  • For 2008/09, how much of additional £330m has the Trust received from PCT for maternity
  • Age of the youngest person to have undergone obesity surgery in last two years
  • Mean, median and longest time patient had to wait for emergency procedures (Jan 2009)
  • Questionnaire of outsourcing food services, cleaning, waste and energy management
  • Breaches of bio-security 2006/07 and 2008/09
  • Procedures for gaining consent of patients to take samples of residual tissue during surgery
  • Contracts to provide medical and nursing services to patients with independent providers
  • Named board member responsible for ensuring the KSF is applied effectively

 

July 2009

  • Copy of current estates strategy
  • Name of Head of Estates
  • Procurement procedure and data protection / information governance policy
  • Maternity records for deceased patient
  • Type of services offering problem gambling treatment (age limits, staff details)
  • Policy on prescribing Bortezombig and Cetuximab
  • Pest incidents 2006 to date and number of pest exterminator visits
  • Outsourcing of mechanical and electrical services
  • Hospital drug formulary used by the Trust
  • Operations cancelled for non-medical reasons 2007/08 and 2008/09
  • Questionnaire on incidence of needlestick injuries to staff
  • How many persons admitted to A&E from injuries due to electrical cosmetic beauty items?
  • Number of car parking spaces for patients, visitors, staff
  • Pay costs associated with car parking (direct costs, WTE, pay band)
  • Cost of capital associated with car parking and depreciation costs
  • Bed days lost due to delayed transfer of care 2008/09 and longest stay
  • Number of FTE legally qualified staff employed to work on litigation claims and pay scale
  • Admissions with injuries due to being attacked with acid
  • Number of people contracted with MRSA while at St. Peter's Hospital (2008/09)
  • Drugs decision making and decisions taken in meeting that are minuted
  • How many patients spend a night in hospital by not in a bed or ward (2004 to 2008)?
  • How many thefts from Trust premises (2004 to 2008)?
  • How many taxi journeys paid for by the Trust for "obese" patients (2004 to 2008)?
  • How many walking aids and wheelchairs purchased for "obese" patients (2004 to 2008)?
  • Information relating to a deceased patient
  • Money raised from car parking fees at both sites (2005 to 2009)

 

August 2009

  • Number of TKRs and THRs done (and average length of stay)
  • ICT strategy 2009/10
  • Neuromuscular service provision in South East Coast region
  • Glaucoma patient appointments (especially follow-ups)
  • Details relating to the imposition of the European Working Time Directive
  • How many specialist staff do you have? What % are medically qualified?
  • Number of people presenting with flu-like / H1N1 swine flu symptoms
  • Number of children under 12 admitted with side effects of Tamiflu in last 3 months
  • Do you utilise non-geographic telephone numbers / premium rate numbers?
  • List of all managed equipment services (MES) agreements in place
  • Staff members receiving private sector treatment paid for by the Trust (last 3 years)
  • Copy of patient menus
  • How many adult critical care beds in 2008/09 and occupancy rate?
  • Survey on electronic patient records
  • Outpatient appointment manager job description and specification
  • Staff in theatre scrub uniforms walking around Ashford Tesco's
  • Copy of A&E records
  • The week in which the most critical cases at St Peter's resulted in a fatality
  • How many specialist bereavement midwife counsellors at the Trust?
  • Copy of A&E records, X-rays and MRI scan
  • Resources allocated to NLP training (last 3 years) and NLP for staff development

 

September 2009

  • Contact details for Directors of Personnel, Finance, Procurement and Medical Director
  • Details of standard payment terms in delaing with suppliers, contractors and others
  • Date of death of parent
  • How many babies born at 20, 21, 22 and 23 weeks showing signs of life?
  • How many babies born at 20, 21, 22 and 23 weeks not given active medical treatment?
  • How many posts working on FOI requests?
  • Consideration of the Trust towards acquistion or merger with another Trust
  • Information on merger discussions that didn't proceed
  • Organisation structure
  • Admissions due to alcohol / drug misuse with no fixed abode
  • Senior person responsible for Information Assurance
  • Organisation contracted to provide patient meals and the annual expenditure
  • Compensation paid to patients as a result of operations by foreign surgeons
  • Questionnaire on VTE
  • Week in which most deaths occur at both site (past year)
  • Full organisation chart

 

October 2009

  • Time of patient birth
  • Guidelines relating to religious symbols / images staff can wear or display
  • Number of clinical staff who have been suspended for 6 months or longer (since 2000)
  • How many veterans considered under the Priority Treatment Scheme?
  • Contact details for Head of Finance, Procurement, Information, ICT and IT hardware
  • List of occasions on which pest controllers were used by the Trust (from Apr 2008 to date)
  • Confirmation of patient death
  • Details on current pest control (contractor, copy of contract, renewal date and tender process)
  • WTE of clinical coding staff employed in last three years plus total annual budget
  • No. of complaints filed by patients regarding English language skills of medical professionals
  • Waiting time for outpatient counselling therapy for treatment of mild depression and CBT
  • Process for inclusion of PCT funded drug for osteoporosis on Trust formulary
  • Expenditure on agency nursing care (2008/09)
  • Total in unpaid bills owed to Trust (2007/08 and 2008/09) from foreign nationality patients
  • No. of assaults carried out by patients on staff or other patients (2005 to 2008)
  • Health records of patient
  • Names of all intermediate assessment units in Trust (SAU, MAU etc)
  • How many Form Cremation 4 were successfully completed in 2008/09?
  • Reports of infestation by pests to Trust on any of its premises
  • Details of hand hygiene policy
  • Copy of ICT plan
  • Infection control measures including diagnosis, investigation, specimen handling
  • How many patients transferred to another hospital due to needing an isolation room (Sep 2008)
  • Surgical operations to treat obesity

 

November 2009

  • Contents of any pest log relating to infestations or incidents (Jan 07 to Sep 09)
  • Highest hourly rate paid to an agency nurse (May to Oct 09) and their position
  • Step-by-step process by staff to follow FOI Act request from receipt
  • Anti-microbial technology and disinfectants
  • Complete list of suppliers / contractors / consultants used relating to IT software
  • Guidelines relating to triage decisions and scarce resource allocation for pandemic flu
  • How many Form Cremation 5 were successfully completed in 2008/09?
  • Current clinical waste contractor and when is the contract up for renewal?
  • No. of patients currently being treated with named drugs for indicated conditions
  • Charges for on-site photography / filming at the Trust
  • No. of illegal immigrants found to be emplyed directly by the Trust or by agencies
  • Summary of all level 2 and 3 root cause analysis investigations
  • No. of occasions that an incident report was sent to the Health and Safety Executive
  • Deaths caused by the consumption of alcohol hand gels
  • Use of Oesophageal Doppler monitoring in patients undergoing high risk surgery
  • Contact details for database
  • Number of staff in Pharmacy, management structure and job titles / bands
  • Breaches regarding the segregation of patients by gender (Nov 08 to Oct 09)
  • Washing and toilet facilities for the use of patients that are not single gender
  • WTE and budget allocation to infection control (2006/07 to 2008/09)
  • Amounts paid to all staff, chairman, non-executive directors, chief executive

 

December 2009

  • Copy of Foundation Trust consultation document, business plan 2009/10
  • % of invoices paid with 10 days (since 21/10/08)
  • No. of board-level Trust executives left / dismissed since Jan 05 and their position
  • Copy of management structure for payroll and pensions department with job descriptions
  • Do you use interface (integration) engine for processing inbound and outbound messages?
  • Copy of Prescribing Formulary, Traffic Light Guidelines, Prescribing Guidelines
  • Copy of ICT strategy, ICT business plan, procurement strategy, corporate plan
  • Catering provision for inpatients and complaints regarding catering in last year
  • Structure chart for the Human Resources department
  • Copy of management and treatment policy for newborn incl. checking for DDH
  • How many patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been treated with biologics (12 months)?
  • How many patients with psoriasis have been treated with biologics (12 months)?
  • What is the ratio of Supporting Professional Activities (SPAs) to Direct Clinical Care (DCC)?