Reference 2019-555

REF:            2019-555

Subject:        Patients treated with Synagis



  1. Please complete the number of patients treated with Synagis (palivizumab) in the grid below. Please note that the total number of patients (A to E) in each column must add to total patients in the last row in the corresponding column.


BPD: bronchopulmonary dysplasia; CLD: Chronic Lung Disease; CHD: congenital heart disease

  1. Please advise which OPCS codes are used within your Trust to code respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prophylaxis treatment.
Code Description Used within Trust to indicate patient received RSV prophylaxis treatment? Yes/No
X86.5 Respiratory syncytial virus prevention drugs band 1
X44.2 Intramuscular injection of vaccine
Other (if not listed above, please specify code(s)):


  1. If your Trust does not provide RSV prophylaxis treatment and you refer your patients to another Trust, please state to which Trust(s) patients are referred.




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. This will requiere  manual review of each patient treated with Synagis. Therefore, your request will not be processed further.


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