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Hlth23 Numbers of people receiving electroconvulsive therapy in Wales
7 October 2010
Request for Information ATISN 4509
Thank you for your request which I received on 8th September 2010. You asked for:
- A breakdown by Trust/Health Board of the numbers of people receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Wales for the year April 2009 to March 2010 – should the information on the number of people not be available, the number of individual treatments would be acceptable (so long as it is clear which it is).
The information you have requested is contained at Annex 1 to this letter.
Any information released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 will be listed in the Assembly Government’s Disclosure Log (at www.information.wales.gov.uk).
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Welsh Assembly Government
Cardiff, CF10 3NQ.
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Also, if you think that there has been maladministration in dealing with your request then you may make a complaint to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales who can be contacted at:
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Ffordd yr Hen Gae
Head of Health Statistics and Analysis Unit
Request for Information ATISN 4509:
Number of people receiving ECT treatment
April 2009 to March 2010 by Local Health Board in Wales
Source: Patient Episode Database for Wales (PEDW)
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University LHB
Aneurin Bevan LHB
Betsi Cadwaladr University LHB
Cardiff and Vale University LHB
N/A (see notes)
Cwm Taf LHB
Hywel Dda LHB
Powys Teaching LHB
1. The operation (OPCS) codes used are A838 and A839 which both cover Electroconvulsive Therapy.
2. The data above may not be complete as updated submissions of data may be received.
3. The data above is also known to be under-reported as ECT episodes in Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board are either not submitted to or not appropriately coded in PEDW. Therefore, data has been requested separately from Cardiff and Vale University LHB.
4. Cardiff and Vale University LHB report that there were 50 people receiving ECT during the period