Reference 2019-692

REF:            2019-692

Subject:        Metal on metal testing

 

Request:

All questions relate to metal on metal testing :

  • How may tests were undertaken in the financial year 2018/19?
  • How many tests were referred via Direct Access?
  • Are these tests undertaken in-house or sent to another laboratory?
  • If sent away, which laboratory are the bloods sent to?
  • If sent away, how much does it cost the Trust per test?
  • If undertaken in house, what is the cost per test?
  • Does the Trust believe the cost of ALL these tests are covered by the national tariff mechanism?
  • If the answer to question 7 is no, does the Trust have a separate contract for these?

 

To ensure consistency of count of tests could each element be split as the below;

Each of the below counted as an individual test

  • Blood Chromium (ppb)
  • Blood Cobalt (ppb)
  • Serum chromium
  • Serum Cobalt

Or if this is not possible Blood Chromium (ppb) and Blood Cobalt (ppb) be counted as 1 test and Serum chromium and Serum Cobalt be counted as a separate test.

Whichever count is applied could the answer to the question be consistent and can you advise which method has been applied.

 

 

Response:

The request has been closed as per user request.