Reference 2017-429

REF:            2017-429

Subject:       Modafinil in patient records   



Please may I make an FOI request adapted from a previous request I have made in relation to Modafinil and diagnoses of Steven-Johnson Syndrome.

To refine my request in the hope it may bring it within the statutory requirements, please may you tell me:

By accessing records of patients attending the trust or its hospitals or medical centres an diagnosed with Steven-Johnson Syndrome (or SJS) in the past financial year (2016-17), how many of records make any mention of Modafinil, whether a known prescription or assumed cause of the case.

I anticipate there will be in the region of around 10 patients diagnosed per year per trust, judging by my previous request, so I hope it will not take too long to process the records manually.




Thank you for your email dated 03 August 2017 where you requested information about Modafinil in patient records.


From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be able to answer your request without further clarification.


We estimate that it will take us in excess of 2.5 working days to determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the information in reference to your request. Therefore, your request will not be processed further, because this involve to retrive and review every note in the records.


Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.



You may wish to refine your request by narrowing its scope by being more specific about what information you particularly wish to obtain, including any dates or period of time relevant to the information required.


If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Chief Executive, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton. BL4 0JR


Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.


If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.


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