FOI Requests Update: NHS England respond…

NHS England have confirmed that on the spreadsheet data, that I have been using on my streams, where it states “Provider Level Data – Diagnoses – Total number of inpatients diagnosed with COVID (Last 24hrs)” that actually means an inpatient whose is in hospital for non-covid reasons. Glad that’s cleared up.

As for the other two questions (answers in italics);

For clarification purposes does the above mean, for example, I could be in hospital for treatment/surgery not COVID related and was diagnosed with it after a test?  If so does this mean that I am now taking up a ‘hospital bed’ and added to the beds occupied totals under the COVID category?

NHS England can confirm that, yes, if you were admitted for non-COVID related surgery and then tested positive after admission, you would then count as a confirmed COIVD-19 patient in a bed.

As for my 3rd question, I understand it would be difficult to bring those numbers of those who died not listed in the conditions mentioned on the spreadsheet but again, for clarification, does ‘other’ constitute the person who died had one or more conditions from either the listed conditions or unlisted conditions?  If you add the total deaths from those with conditions and the other category the figures do not add up.

When a hospital Trust notifies NHS England and Improvement of a COVID-19 death, they can select pre-existing conditions from a drop-down list.

If there is a condition present that is not covered by the list, they have the option to select “other”. Any individual may have more than one pre-existing condition, and all that apply (from the list of specified conditions and “other”) will be reported for each individual, so an individual can be reported as having more than one pre-existing condition. “Other” only includes conditions not included in the specified list

NHS England publishes data on the specified conditions covered in the list, but we do not receive a more granular breakdown of the conditions marked as “other”.