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Questions asked in 2010

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

 

January 2010

  • Structure charts for Supplies / Procurement department
  • Expenditure on staff away days (team building, brainstorming, board sessions)
  • Procurement questionnaire
  • Highest ten sums paid in past 12 months in compensation to complaints made to Trust
  • Names and job titles of current Drugs and Therapeutic Committee
  • Expenditure on away days for staff (2006 to 2009)
  • Encouragement of patients to reduce alcohol consumption before elective surgery
  • Structure charts for clinical and corporate governance departments and risk assessment
  • Occasions that the maternity unit was closed to new admissions due to full capacity
  • Has the Trust ever paid for patients to be sent overseas for treatment and how many?
  • Is your FM outsourced and who is your current provider (along with renewal dates)?
  • No. of complaints relating to the maternity unit (2008/09)
  • Occasions the Trust paid for a Feng Shui consultant / training (Apr 06 to Sep 09)
  • No. of non-medical personnel who have immediate access to medical records
  • Trust policy regarding the initial management of patients with sub-arachnoid haemorrhage
  • No. of patients admitted with Atrial Fibrillation and average length of stay (2008/09)
  • Are details of violent incidents passed to the police?
  • Total volume of emollients used and brands
  • Names of members of the Thrombosis committee
  • FOI Requests received (Jan 2005 to present)
  • Serious untoward incidents attributed to foreign-trained locums

 

February 2010

  • Contact details for estates, facilities and capital projects
  • Names of Chief Executive, Director of Finance / IT, Director of HR
  • Budget allocated to patient engagement in 2008/09 and 2009/10 (and estimate for 2010/11)
  • Requests for weight loss surgery in last three financial years
  • Information regarding investigations of staff member
  • % of suppliers invoices paid / not paid within 10 days (Oct 08 to date)
  • Money accounted for as "losses and special payments" in 08/09
  • Expenditure on alternative / integrated / complimentary medicine
  • How many PIDA claims have been issued against your Trust (last 10 years)? Copy of the Trust's prescribing formulary for 2010
  • Details of IT customer services manager
  • Details of compromise agreements
  • No. of midwives employed (since 2005) and current vacancies
  • Name of facilities manager
  • No. of emergency hosptial admissions for diabetes (and diabetic complications)
  • Total annual ICT expenditure 2008/09 - hardware, software, telephony, support services
  • Takeaway concession outlets on hospital premises and generated revenue
  • Names and job titles of persons employed paid over £100,000 in 2009/10
  • No. of times the escalation policy was invoked and no. of women sent elsewhere as a result

 

March 2010

  • Boys treated in A&E for complications following circumcision (2009)
  • No. of full-time equivalents for doctors, qualified nurses, managers and total staff
  • What back-up software do you use? Do you use DAS, NAS or SAN storage?
  • Complaints from staff or public about "haunted" buildings, ghosts or other phenomena
  • % of overhead required to complete sponsor driven trials (2008/09)
  • No. of procedures invoving removal of breast implants (last 24 months)
  • How many newborn babies' blood spots are currently being stored in the Trust?
  • Copy of Trust end-of-life strategy
  • Contact details for the Medical Director, Director of Performance, Information, and Finance
  • Total number of cash machines on hospital premises and charges levied for withdrawals
  • Copy of the Information structure chart
  • No. of times the Trust has sanctioned sharing of data with 3rd parties for research purposes
  • No. of times patients have had to repeat tests due to loss or medical error (last 5 years)
  • Trust protocol on Metformin use with respect to IV iodinated contrast (incl. patient information)
  • Lowest resolution and sensitivity of your MRI and CT machines?
  • Documentation on the annual earnings of hospital consultants (basic salary plus bonuses)
  • How many TaqMan-MGB probes were purchased from ABG (2008 and 2009)?
  • No. of employment grievances lodged against the Trust (2008/09)?
  • Car park details; capacity, payment mechanisms, payment types, penalties, ownership
  • Information regarding environment, estates and facilities management
  • No. of patient beds in mixed-sex wards plus total in all wards
  • Copy of departmental structure of Information Governance team
  • Does the Trust carry out therapeutic circumcisions? How many carried in 2009 to under 18s?
  • Total ICT budget and expenditure (2008/09 and 2009/10)
  • Copy of named patient medical records
  • Names of person(s) paid over £200,000 (gross) not named in annual reports (08/09 and 09/10)

 

April 2010

  • Number of Board meetings held by the Trust (2007/08 and 2008/09)
  • Copy of Trust policy on storing and sharing personal data
  • Contact information for person responsible for training qualified nurses
  • WTE for Tissue Viability Nurses employed by the Trust and their nursing grades
  • Request for patient records
  • Does the hospital still use the job title "ward sister" or what has it been changed to?
  • Structure of the IM&T department
  • Expenditure on non-medical roles by department via recruitment agencies
  • Copy of workforce plans for the Trust with FTE figures for doctors, nurses and managers
  • Provider arms of PCTs not looking to become Community Foundation Trusts
  • Does the Trust provide in-house laboratory testing for Clostridium Difficile on stool samples?
  • Does your Trust use onsite / offsite decontamination services for surgical instruments?
  • Does the Trust maintain a record / log of pest control or infestation problems?
  • Copy of the corporate management structure and IM&T strategy
  • Copy of HR and Finance structure charts

 

May 2010

  • How many admin and managerial staff currently earn £120,000 a year or more
  • How many staff retired from the Trust (2007/08 to 2009/10)?
  • Has the Trust any work experience placements for graduate nurses or doctors?
  • How many Serious Untoward Incidents were logged by the Trust (Jan 09 to May 10)?
  • Does the Trust have policies in place to stop food being brought onto hospital wards?
  • Suppliers for catering services (2009/10) and the money spent with them
  • No. of operations involving transplants with NHS-donated organs for private EU patients
  • How many middle-grades doctor posts on your rota are filled by substantive staff?
  • What are your established protocols for the procedure of venepuncture?
  • No. of public health funerals (where deceased has no next of kin) (2007 to 2010)
  • Organisation structure of the Human Resources department incl. names and job titles
  • No. of circumcisions performed in 2009 - split by under 16 and adults
  • Total amount of money paid to Trade Unions and time spent by staff on union activities
  • Information relating to the supply of pressure relieving mattresses and related products
  • No. of patients (under 18) treated with atypical antipsychotic drugs in last 12 months

 

June 2010

  • Name and email address of Human Resources Manager
  • Number of patients per year, average length of stay and absorbed cost of average bed day
  • Questionnaire regarding the number of FOI requests received
  • Has there been a fall in the number of midwife posts over the last 12 months?
  • Number of payroll staff employed that claimed personal expenses for their work
  • Supply of consultancy services for the improvement of theatre utilisation contact award
  • Details of how the Trust procures construction consultancy services
  • Number of managerial staff that were given bonuses in 2009 and total cost
  • How much does the Trust charge patients to watch TV and use the phone each day?
  • Collection, transportation and disposal of healthcare waste
  • How much has the Chief Executive claimed as travel expenses in the past 12 months?
  • Total value of redundancy payments for staff (2007/08 to 2009/10)
  • Copy of the structure of the Finance department
  • Copy of the organisational structure for the IM&T department
  • No. of patients treated with Glivec, Sutent, Tasigna for CML, GIST and renal cell carcinoma
  • Who is the supplier for case note folders, duration, size and cost of contract?
  • Copy of ICT strategy for 2009/10 or copy of Trust's strategy and management structure
  • How many cases of rat and mice infestations in last five years (2006 to 2010)
  • Copy of private patient tariffs for 2009/10 and 2010/11

 

July 2010

  • What is the most recent headcount of permanent, full and part-time staff?
  • Job title, directorate, age, A4C pay scale for substantive staff
  • No. of patients treated with Sprycel (CML), Stromal Tumour (GIST) and RCC
  • Range of days allocated to your counter fraud specialist function for "reactive" work
  • Information held relating to persons who have died with no known next of kin
  • Survey of perineal tears and obstetric practice in the UK
  • Name and title of the Director responsible for IT and strategic IT planning
  • Details of patients who have died with no next of kin
  • Details of Trust Board's long term care and accommodation facilities
  • Total expenditure on all locum doctors and those covering surgical positions
  • Has the Trust paid for first / club / business class travel for any of its employees?
  • Copy of the Business Plan 2010/11
  • Strategies or implementation plans relating to diabetes services
  • Copy of most recent Prescribing Formulary and VTE policies or guidelines
  • Does the Trust have a contract with Patient Power (or similar licensee) for bedside units?
  • Does the Trust have an initiatives to encourage clinical staff to be healthy?
  • How many external support resource are currently engaged in the Trust?
  • Savings the Trust expects to make in the next five years (and as % of total expenditure)
  • Copy of the Trust's latest IMT plan or strategy
  • Organisation chart showing the hierarchy and roles
  • Annual cost of window cleaning and contracted party
  • Expenditure on communications and marketing (2007/08 to 2009/10)

 

August 2010

  • Expenditure on luxury items (quantity purchased, type and size, cost and brand)
  • Budget on ingredients for patient meals (2009/10)
  • Details about the current Accounts Payable processes (locations, systems)
  • No. of moves among patients between July 2008 and July 2010
  • Gap between the date geriatric patients declared medically fit for discharge and actual date
  • Contact details for senior staff members
  • Standard Abbreviation Document and any related documents, guidance or policies
  • No. of orthodontists who earn more than £200,000 pa and £250,000 pa
  • Does the fertility department use pornographic material for patient use? Who provides them?
  • No. of patients currently being treated with biologics for named conditions
  • No. of diagnostic renal biopsies taken for histopathological exams (2007 to 2009)
  • Expenditure on chaplaincy (2008/09 or 2009/10)
  • No. of operations, operating rooms, consultant surgeons, anaesthetists and death ratios
  • Questionnaire regarding ProCure 21
  • Nurse to patient ratios for inpatient care (1997 to 2009)
  • No. of elective procedures contracted out to a non-NHS provider body (2007/08 to date)
  • Trust annual turnover, IT budget, number of sites for care records system
  • Hospitals providing Toctino
  • Questionnaire regarding software applications
  • Highest salary earned by a hospital consultant over the last year
  • Details on the Trust's compliance of VTE prevention policies with national best practice
  • Total in unpaid bills owed to the Trust incl. monies written off from foreign nationals

 

September 2010

  • Copy of the guidelines for acute coronary syndrome, bowel cancer, and lung cancer
  • Direct contact details of ICT and IMT staff
  • List of all Allied Health Professional managers and services
  • Data relating to patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and oncology funding
  • Data relating to patients with idiopathic (immune) thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • How many staff were on duty 03/07/10 and 07/07/10 in AE unit and their roles?
  • Expenditure on agency nursing care and agency doctors (2009/10)
  • Seniority of the NHS employees working in Surrey Council Care Office (1998 to 2010)
  • Have any member of the Royal Family visited the premises (2010)?
  • Management and treatment of glaucoma questionnaire
  • How much do taxi companies pay to operate on your site to transport patients and visitors?
  • Contact for Speech Therapy recruitment
  • Leads responsible for IT and telecommunications
  • Lead responsible for booking Locum Doctors
  • Expenditure on hotel rooms for patients
  • Total amount of waste and collection costs
  • Complaint regarding a consultant

 

October 2010

  • Do patients or carers have a choice of having Halal meat at your hospitals?
  • Expenditure on art works (2008/09, 2009/10 and year to date)
  • No. of hemiarthoplasties carried out at St Peter's Hospital
  • No. of bookings per job type (doctors, nurses, admin) each month on temp / permanent basis
  • Contact for Trust compliance lead for NICE Obesity Guidance 2006
  • Contact details for the Clinical Director for Orthopaedics
  • Organisation charts and information on integrated governance
  • List of clinical fixed assets (with new purchase value < £2000)
  • Trust policy with regard to an acute attack of optic neuritis
  • Copy of 2WW urgent referral form for womb cancer
  • Volume of agency usage for 2010 for AE, ITU / Critical Care, Children's and Maternity Services
  • Have you had an increase in admin / legal staff since payment by results?
  • Medical oncology consultants specialising in Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Total WTE number of staff employed by Trust, total beds and capital spend for 2009/10

 

November 2010

  • No. of people treated in the Trust who weighed over 25 stone in last three years
  • % of ladies who are given Syntocinon to induce or speed up labour
  • How many staff were permitted to travel first class as of 03/11/10?
  • No. of serious untoward incidents (SUIs) reported in 2009
  • Expenditure on management consultants (2010/11 YTD)
  • No. of out-of-court settlements agreed by Trust in last five years
  • Expenditure on art work (last three years)
  • Software used to capture installed software license information for PCs
  • Expenditure on computing hardware (last three financial years) and on IT services
  • Review of staffing levels, staff training and management of nursing staff
  • Procedures for dealing with alcohol related AE attendances
  • Policies for managing acute clinical emergencies outside Trust buildings (e.g. car parks)
  • Name of Chief Pharmacist and their salary for 2009/10
  • Details of contractor appointed for construction jobs in the NHS
  • Long stay reports where the patient has stayed an extraordinary amount of time
  • No. of staff (full head count) employed in IT functions and if IT services are outsourced
  • Information on Pandemic Planning in Intensive Care (2009/10)
  • Information relating to IT department
  • How many desktop users, laptop users and which manufacturer do you use for desktops?
  • ICT related FOI requests (01/11/08 to 31/10/10)
  • Do you have a computer data centre, name of supplier and no. of virtualised servers
  • Medical records of deceased patient
  • Copy of Trust's IMT strategy for 2010
  • Expenditure on translation services

 

December 2010

  • No. of people employed by the Trust (permanent and temporary)
  • Information regarding activity of case notes
  • Copy of maternity notes
  • How many doctors and nurses currently employed have declared themselves HIV positive?
  • Information pertaining to the NWLHT hospital's gynaecology teams
  • How many operating theatres were functioning in your Trust (2009/10)?
  • NHS, professional guidance or case law to protect any possible whistleblower
  • SUIs and the use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
  • Do you use (and how much did you pay for) integration services?
  • Contact details for Chief Executive, Head of HR, Director of Finance, Head of Procurement
  • Commissioning for Quality and Innovation Schemes for 2009/10