Reference 2020-586

REF:  2020-586         

Subject: Diagnostic Equipment       

 

Request:

  1. How many CT scanners do you have in your Trust?
  2. How many of these CT scanners are over 10 years old?
  3. How many MRI scanners do you have in your Trust?
  4. How many of these MRI scanners are over 10 years old?
  5. Is your Trust a member of an imaging or pathology network/alliance?
  6. Has your Trust been working in partnership with a community health setting offering diagnostics services (i.e. a dedicated diagnostic service not part of a Trust or GP practice, such as a community diagnostic hub)?
  7. What proportion of your pathology diagnostic equipment is over 10 years old?
  8. What are the daily running and ongoing maintenance costs of the cardiorespiratory diagnostic facilities in your Trust?
  9. What were the installation costs of the cardiorespiratory diagnostic facilities in your Trust?
  10. What proportion of your genomics equipment is over 10 years old?
  11. Is your Trust working in collaboration with a genomics laboratory hub?
  12. If the answer to (11) was ‘Yes’, what proportion of total genomics diagnostic procedures that your Trust is responsible for are allocated to the genomics hub?

 

 

Response:

How many CT scanners do you have in your Trust? 2
How many of these CT scanners are over 10 years old? None
How many MRI scanners do you have in your Trust? 1
How many of these MRI scanners are over 10 years old? None
Is your Trust a member of an imaging or pathology network/alliance? We are members of GM Imaging hub – not an official network yet.
Has your Trust been working in partnership with a community health setting offering diagnostics services (i.e. a dedicated diagnostic service not part of a Trust or GP practice, such as a community diagnostic hub)? We offer services at a number of sites but don’t have a ‘community diagnostic hub’ model in place
What proportion of your pathology diagnostic equipment is over 10 years old? Under Section 12 – 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.
What are the daily running and ongoing maintenance costs of the cardiorespiratory diagnostic facilities in your Trust? 59,036 per year maintenance
What were the installation costs of the cardiorespiratory diagnostic facilities in your Trust? Under Section 12 – 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.

 

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.

 

Unlike the maintenance costs, which are annual and recorded separately in the accounts each year, the installation costs of the various pieces of equipment will span a number of financial years and are not separately recorded, meaning this would take a significant number of hours potentially to pull together

What proportion of your genomics equipment is over 10 years old? N/A
Is your Trust working in collaboration with a genomics laboratory hub? No
If the answer to (11) was ‘Yes’, what proportion of total genomics diagnostic procedures that your Trust is responsible for are allocated to the genomics hub? N/A