Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_5962

Internal Reference Number: FOI_5962

Date Request Received: 23/12/2020 10:41:59

Date Request Replied To: 13/01/2021 14:22:51

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Request Summary: PCR test for SARS-COV2

Request Category: Researcher

 
Question Number 1:
Confirmation that all reported cases of SARS-COV2 in your Trust have been diagnosed and confirmed by PCR test
 
Answer To Question 1:
Please see attached refusal notice explaining why the Trust is unable to answer this FOI.
 
Question Number 2:
If not with a PCR test, provide details of what method was employed to confirm the presence of SARS-COV2
 
Answer To Question 2:
Please see answer to Question 1.
 
Question Number 3:
Details of the laboratories performing the PCR tests producing the confirmation of SARS-COV2 on behalf of your Trust
 
Answer To Question 3:
Please see answer to Question 1.
 
Question Number 4:
Details of the Ct thresholds currently employed in the PCR tests performed by the labs at 3
 
Answer To Question 4:
Please see answer to Question 1.
 
Question Number 5:
Details of the Ct thresholds used to confirm all reported cases of SARS-COV2 in your Trust between 01/01/2020 and 18/12/2020
 
Answer To Question 5:
Please see answer to Question 1.
 
Question Number 6:
Details of the manufacturers of the PCR tests used to confirm the presence of SARS-COV2 in your Trust
 
Answer To Question 6:
Please see answer to Question 1.
 
Question Number 7:
In the document "Understanding cycle threshold (Ct) in SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR" published on the UK government website, page 7 includes the statement "Some commercial RT-PCR techniques are closed 'black box' systems whereby the operator cannot observe the reaction in real-time and the result is interpreted by software into a qualitative non-interrogatable positive or negative result." Please confirm which manufacturers have been engaged that employ such a 'black box' method, which labs have used such a manufacturer, and which results confirming the presence of SARS-COV2 in the UK have been based on such techniques
 
Answer To Question 7:
Please see answer to Question 1.
 
Question Number 8:
Where such results have been produced using the 'black box' method, please describe what further action was taken to confirm the results produced by the 'black box' method
 
Answer To Question 8:
Please see answer to Question 1.
 
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