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Questions asked in 2011

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

 

January 2011

  • How many occasions was an incident report sent to the HSE (2009/10)?
  • Request for copy of x-rays
  • No. of patient deaths caused by swine flu or normal flu (since Oct 10)
  • % of nurses that have taken the flu vaccination in 2010
  • How many staff work from home, their departments, type of work and hours per week?
  • Procedures / guidance around the handling of stop noted patients
  • How many times ambulances have been held up at your hospitals (last five years)?
  • Details of person(s) responsible for Communications and Marketing
  • How many patients / public complaints were made about the Maternity Unit (2009/10)?
  • What manufacturers centralised storage do you use? What % of servers are virtualised?
  • Expenditure as part of the project with Management Consultants' Newton Europe
  • How much has been spent on art work in last three years?
  • Details of vaccinations for Registered Nurses and medical staff (to 31/12/10)
  • Reducing frontline services to contend with budget challenges
  • The effectiveness of the Basic Swallowing Test and nursing opinions on this
  • Request for emergency room records
  • Patients waiting for orthopaedic surgery and number of operations
  • Do you have a stand-alone midwife led maternity unit?
  • Receipt of income from private treatment of patients (Apr 2007 to Sep 2010)
  • Hospital Car Parks: Management Capacity, Payment mechanisms, charges, profits
  • Structure charts for finance, HR and IT

 

February 2011

  • Quantity and value of surplus public sector land held by the Trust
  • Anonymised DNA rates by consultant for each outpatient department (2009/10 and 2010/11)
  • Clinical trials and % overhead for complete sponsor driven trials
  • How many people work in your hospital? How has this changed in the last 10 years?
  • No. of staff with, and the cost of, subsidised private health insurance as part of employment
  • No. of complaints received concerning the attitude / behaviour of staff with BMA
  • Agency spend for administrative support over the past 2 years and which companies
  • Annual report containing complaints received, complaints upheld and summaries
  • Who maintains the grounds for St Peter's Hospital when is the tender due for renewal?
  • In the financial accounts 2009/10, did you have a section for "Losses and Special Payments"
  • No. of people who have died in your care transfered from the UK Border Agency
  • What services are outsourced?
  • Expenditure on purchasing equipment for obese patients (during 2008)
  • Copy of most recent Trust Formulary
  • Does the Trust have a Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship Policy?
  • No. of patients currently being treated for Psoriasis with named drugs
  • Procurement for supplying blood and urine collection systems
  • Survey of the provision of MS services in hospital
  • Children aged 17 and under admitted because of drugs or alcohol (2006 to 2010)
  • How long does a medical degree take to complete? How many specialties are there?
  • Information on clinical trials managed through the Research and Development department

 

March 2011

  • 28.6% of your estates and hotel services are contracted out, what % of this is estates?
  • Medical records and CT scans for daughter
  • Highest hourly rate paid to an agency to employ a nurse for a single shift
  • Copy of 2011 onwards strategy for the Trust
  • Data relating to treatment of arthritis and associated conditions
  • Discharge summary for emergency attendance
  • Details of deceased patient
  • Does the Trust use document management / scanning services for records and files?
  • Names and departments for clinicians on Thrombosis and DT committees
  • Expenditure for grants, consultancies or contracts (2008/09 to 2010/11)
  • Value of contracts placed by PCTs for the provision of healthcare services
  • How much did the top 20 earners receive in salary (2005 to 2010)?
  • No. of deaths for day of surgery and 30 day mortality ratios
  • Details of Summer Medical Program
  • No. of Crohn's patients being treated by the Trust at any time and treatment process
  • % of medical wards the regularly assess and record pain levels in patients?
  • Does the Trust have a policy on the treatment of foreign nationals?
  • Information regarding Parkinson's disease and Neurology at the Trust
  • Pest control regarding the interiors of Trust buildings
  • Tender debrief regarding the procurement of blood gas analysers
  • How many iPads and iPhones have been bought for Trust staff (Apr 2009 to Dec 2010)?
  • Total pathology tests per discipline (2007/08 to 2009/10)
  • Will your Trust be paying your staff overtime if they work the April 29th holiday?
  • How many cervical collars do you buy per year?

 

April 2011

  • Do you have a quality assurance system in place for inspecting surgical instruments?
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • IMT or ICT department structure
  • Regarding CHKS or Dr Foster, which does your Trust have and when is the contract renewed?
  • Do the Trust's hospitals rountinely offer ultrasound scans to determine gender of unborn babies?
  • Capital expenditure for the Surgical Assessment Unit opened in August 2006
  • How much revenue did the Trust / 3rd parties receive from car parking (2009/10 and 2010/11)?
  • Has the hospital used any locum or agency doctors from EU countries (not UK)?
  • Access to confidential health records by non-medical personnel within the Trust
  • Management consultancy contracts in place at the Trust (2006 to present)
  • Who is the manager for IT Training Team and the IT Projects Team?
  • How many union officials does your organisation employ?
  • What is the total cost of vehicles leased by your Trust for employee transportation?
  • Data on Ankylosing Spondylitis, Crohn's Disease, Juvenile Idiopathic, Arthritis etc
  • Details on catering / meal supply, annual expenditure, supplying company, contracts
  • Budget of medical services, operations and services provided in the hospital
  • Checks and balances the FOI department uses before releasing data
  • No. of children (under the age of 16) treated for obesity in the past five years

 

May 2011

  • What types of lighting does the Trust utilise?
  • No. of smear test samples received from females under 25 years of age
  • The volume (quality of 250ml bottles) of Sevoflurane used by the hospitals (2010/11)
  • Patient care pathways relating to stroke and / or Atrial Fibrillation (SPAF)
  • No. of children under 18 were treated for mental health problems through drug abuse
  • Whether your hospital prescribes Anti-TNF for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • The level of catering supplies produced (i.e. grown rather than sourced) in the UK
  • Expenditure on external providers (private or NHS) for patient treatment
  • On how many occasions were maternity wards oversubscribed (2009 to 2011)?
  • Subject access request
  • List of all Allied Health Professional managers and services
  • Have you had any cases of restricted drugs being stolen from your Trust in past 12 months?
  • Clinical Waste: Annual tonage with breakdown between waste disposal / recycling method
  • No. of Government Procurement Cards currently in use in your organisation
  • Child protection training available for doctors in your organisation
  • How many babies were delivered at the Trust (2007 to 2010)?
  • Subject access request
  • Has there been a ward fire within your Trust in the last five years?
  • Has the Trust agreed any CQUIN indicators with any commissioners (2009/10 to 2011/12)?
  • How many employees has your organisation placed on gardening leave (last four years)?
  • No. of patients admitted for acute myocardial infarction (2008/09 to 2010/11)
  • Copy of the form used by Police in order to request confidential medical information
  • No. of infants up to 6 months of age re-admitted to hospital for poor feeding complications
  • Details of management consultancy contracts over last two years
  • No. of patients per day placed in mixed sex sleeping facilities
  • No. of patient journeys per year and approximate annual cost of the service
  • What is the cost of maintaining and operating car parking services?
  • Annual spending on physiotherapy consumables (last three years)
  • Representations made to the UK Border Agency consultation on English language competency
  • GPC Visa purchasing card spending
  • No. of emergency hospital admissions for diabetes
  • Subject access request
  • Details about maternity services from Bronzefield prison

 

June 2011

  • Does the Trust offer Emergency contraception to pupils on school premises?
  • Total ICT expenditure (2009/10 and 2010/11) and total budget for ICT (2011/12)
  • No. of discharges (2010/11) by destination
  • Provision of secondary care dental services
  • Clinical procedures for testing after consecutive miscarriages
  • Copy of diabetes management and / or prescribing guidelines and care pathway
  • Copy of Trust formulary
  • Orthopaedic antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Expenditure on agency locum doctors (2010/11)
  • No. of cases of rickets reported in children aged under 5 (in last 10 years)
  • Quantity of medicines exported for profit or sold for export (14/07/09 to 17/06/11)
  • No. of patients aged under 16 treated for eating disorders (2008/09 to 2010/11)
  • Details of clinical leads
  • How many empty dwellings owned by your Trust are currently empty (and those over a year)?
  • Legal costs relating to the resignation, removal, suspension or sacking of board members
  • Have any of your employees taken trips abroad since May 2010 funded by the NHS?
  • Details of persons who have died with no known next of kin (since 01/01/2011)
  • Copy of Trust board minutes held on 25/09/08
  • What type of digital mammography equipment is used within the Trust
  • Copy of Medicines Management Policy, Risk Management Policy / Strategy, Board minutes
  • Annual income from Claims Management companies / Personal Injury solicitors

 

July 2011

  • Costs and fees associated with the Trust's treatment of overseas patients (since 1997)
  • No .of hospital owned items stolen (past two years), value and details
  • Policy to screen appropriate patients admitted to hospital for elective MRSA procedures
  • Contact details for the placement people in the Continuing Care team
  • Total income, total WTE, total employment costs, total cost of agency staff (2009 to 2011)
  • Register of gifts, payments or offers of hospitality from Pharmacy companies
  • Questionnaire on IT systems
  • Breakdown of age and sex of no. of alcohol-related hospital admissions (aged under 18)
  • Use of laparoscopic surgery in certain operations
  • What type of digital mammography is used within the Trust?
  • No. of patients who developed pressure sores (01/06/10 to 31/05/10)
  • Budget on ingredients for patient meals provided in the hospital (2010/11)
  • Expenditure on maternity services (2010/11)
  • Neonatal unit survey
  • Extravasation incident information
  • Latest health needs assessment report for HMP Bronzefield
  • Trust lead in Capital Development, Estates and Facilities Management
  • No. of medical personnel and civilian employees convicted for Data Protection Act breeches
  • Contact details for Head of Estates Management
  • Agency costs (nurses, HCAs, AHPs, doctors) and cost of cancelled appointments
  • Copy of response to FOI request 2357 on purchasing cards
  • Serological TTGA coeliac screening GP and hospital requests (2007 to date)
  • Full list of suppliers who the Trust has spent over £500 (in last 24 months)

 

August 2011

  • No. of people under 18 diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (last 3 years)
  • Questionnaire on Laboratory Information System
  • Age of youngest person to have received bariatric surgery (last 12 months)
  • Funded nursing establishment for specific qualifications (as of 01/06/11)
  • Total amount paid to all trade unions (2009/10 and 2010/11)
  • Is your Trust ISO 27001 compliant? How is this measured and reported?
  • Copy of travel plan and monitoring for the last two to five years
  • Numbers and proportion of junior doctors opting out of EWTD 48-hour requirement
  • Query about Emergency Department and Cardiology, ICU and Elderly Wards
  • Length of stay for patient appointment in audiology department
  • Hospital leads for Facilities, Transport, Pharmacy and Research
  • Extension to request regarding EWTD opt out
  • Which surgical microscopes are used in ENT and Ophthalmology?
  • Re-use of corporate documents published on the Trust website
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction admissions and deaths since 2008/09
  • Structure chart for staff processing FOI and subject access requests
  • Total amount paid for medical and dental staff for additional sessions and WLI
  • No. of pulmonary embolisms for inpatients and mortality rates
  • Monies owed to the Trust by patients without recourse to public funds
  • Contact details for Direction of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC)
  • No. of prison inmates and young offenders who have had bariatric surgery (last five years)
  • No. of staff made redundant and redundancy payments (June 2010 to August 2011)
  • Query regarding medical gases (oxygen, helium, CO2, nitrogen and nitric oxide)
  • Makes / models of ventilators used in paediatric units
  • Contact details for volunteering
  • No. of hospital admissions for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and other eating disorders
  • Is your Estates / Hard Facilities management outsourced?
  • Expenditure on translation services (2008/09 to 2010/11)

 

September 2011

  • Does your Trust offer specialist rheumatology physiotherapy following surgery?
  • Request regarding Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) documentation
  • Private patient manager details
  • No. of cases of Hospital Acquired Infections (2006 to 2011)
  • Doctors in trainings rotas and the European Working Time Directive
  • Details of proposals to secure an increase in private sector income
  • Details of adverse incident ("never event") that occured in quarter one 2011/12
  • Consent for a medical report
  • Data on 2011/12 CQUIN schemes
  • Do any hospital in your Trust offer maternity services?
  • No. of FOI requests received in 2011/12 to date
  • How many cases where a patient died in hospital was permission given for organ donation?
  • VTE questionnaire
  • Subject access request
  • Contact details of private patient manager / overseas patients manager
  • Expenditure on agency staffing (2009/10 to date)
  • Expenditure incurred in monitoring compliance with Working Time regulations
  • Detailed plan of both hospitals to room level showing wards, theatres and offices
  • Who is your current supplier for clinical waste disposal?
  • Information for a patient interested in having their child's stem cells collected
  • Copy of statement of service for ex-employee
  • How many languages do you translate patient information into (as at 01/09/11)?
  • Expenditure on agency nursing care and agency doctors (2010/11)
  • Activity by patient delivery method (day case and elective) for given HRG (Apr 2010 to Jul 2011)
  • Data of infant video from your database
  • Work experience request
  • No. of patients currently being treated with biologics for named conditions
  • Survey regarding melanoma patients
  • No .of physical or verbal attacks on NHS staff in last 3 years
  • ICT contracts relating to mobile phones
  • Survey of parking facilities and management
  • Subject access request

 

October 2011

  • How many temporary staff does the organisation currently have (band 6 to 9)?
  • Subject access request
  • Details of senior managers
  • Changes, or proposed changes, to General Medicine beds (2010/11 to date)
  • Expenditure on taxis and couriers to transplant blood when urgently needed
  • Subject access request
  • Request for university study into the application of mathematics to staff rotas
  • Total ICT budget (2010/11 and 2011/12)
  • Information regarding Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) documentation
  • Research on Electronic Document Management systems for records management
  • Expenditure on overseas patients and unpaid bills
  • Contact details for the Estates department
  • Expenditure on consumables by department (2010/11)
  • Details of IT and Informatics lead
  • Tests or checks on English ability of nurses from EU countries outside the UK
  • Contact details of Head(s) of Nursing, Clinical Risk and Integrated Governance leads
  • Contact details of Director of Operations, Divisional Directors and Clinical Directors
  • Contact details of Head of Procurement and the Chief Pharmacist
  • Did Not Attend (DNA) rate for your HIV clinic
  • No. of FOI requests received over the last 3 years (monthly average 2009 to date)
  • Copy of policy or guidance on Advanced Decisions / Directives
  • Contact details of Finance leads
  • Request for internship
  • Does the Trust currently use digital dictation or speech recognition systems?
  • Copy of published monthly Board report

 

November 2011

  • How many services users have made complaints against hospitals or staff?
  • Request for summer placement
  • Average waiting time for named procedure (last 12 months)
  • Copy of Contract Register
  • Use of the WHO surgical safety checklist in the Trust
  • Subject access request
  • No. of patients currently being treated with biologics
  • Subject access request
  • Subject access request
  • What channels do you use to communicate with patients, partners and employees?
  • Why do I have to pay £50 for access for deceased patient's records?
  • Details of Band 7 or above employees (name, job title, specialty / department)
  • No. of bed days and average length of stay for NICU patients (2009/10 to date)
  • Details of diabetes documentation at the Trust
  • Details of the "never event" in 2010/11
  • No. of patients undergoing two courses of treatment for urinary incontinence
  • Does your Trust perform procedures for the treatment of ARMD using Lucentis?
  • Expenditure on compensation to staff as a result of accidents at work (past five years)
  • Estimated total cost of missed outpatient appointments and missed surgery appointments
  • Copy of all redacted compromise / settlement agreements due to medical negligence
  • No. of employees on site and whether there is a fitness centre
  • What soft facilities management services are outsourced?
  • Request relating to the implementation of systems and the migration of data
  • No. of cots on NICU and transitional care units
  • Details of steroid regime for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (aged 18 or older)
  • Expenditure on locum / temporary staffing for medical doctors
  • Contact details of Communications and Facilities leads
  • Request relating to measures to reduce prescribing costs in the Trust
  • Which haemofiltration fluid(s) does the Trust currently use?
  • Dates, times and venues for the Trust's Board Meetings in 2012
  • Copies of documents detailing discussions to pay allowances or enhancements
  • Subject access request
  • List of consultants working within the Trust
  • Copy of ICT / IMT Strategy
  • Children under 14 treated for alcohol related illnesses (last three years)

 

December 2011

  • Does the Trust run courses for staff recruited from overseas?
  • Allergy and diabetes documentation at the Trust
  • Do you have a protocol for antibiotics prophylaxis of infecion in open fractures?
  • Expenditure on agency staff (January to October 2011)
  • Age of the youngest child admitted with a primary diagnosis of obesity (2010/11)
  • The average surgical procedures per hospital per year
  • The highest sum paid for a continuous shift by one locum (2009/10 to 2011/12)
  • Details of treatments applied for through the Cancer Drugs Fund (Sep to Nov 2011)
  • No. of patients with breast cancer, prostate cancer, myeloma, renal and lung cancer
  • No. of patients receiving examestane
  • Unit purchasing price (not tariff price) for named drugs
  • Oesteoporosis and Trauma services questionnaires
  • Learning from Experience survey
  • Contact details for Workforce leads
  • No. of births via IVF funded by the PCT (2008/09 to date)
  • Number and estimated cost of thefts (last 5 years)
  • No. of reported incidents of hospital acquired pressure ulcers
  • Query regarding the decrease in salary of the Finance Director
  • Current readmission rate and projected loss in income for 2011/12
  • Subject access request
  • Contact details for Procurement Manager
  • Further information on the supply of agency staff to the Trust
  • Patient complaint
  • Teleradiology and telecardiology services
  • National dementia audit data
  • Query regarding gynaecology instruments
  • Subject access request
  • Recording of stillborn babies on patient administration system
  • No. of staff made redundant in past three years (since January 2009)