Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5972

Date Request Received: 05/01/2021 09:41:53

Date Request Replied To: 13/01/2021 14:23:19

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Request Summary: Deaths with COVID-19 noted as sole cause of death

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
How many people have died in your hospitals from Covid 19 alone? As in they died only due to Covid 19. I can see the figures that you publish online, but these are deaths within 28 days of a positive covid test, so they could have died from other causes. I just want to know the exact figure from 1st February 2020 until the 20th December 2020 of people that have died due to Covid-19 and not anything else, please.
Answer To Question 1:
We are unable to answer this request as the data we collect and report on is anyone who has died having had a positive COVID result in the last 28 days. We are not able to attribute whether COVID was the sole cause of death in these patients without referring to the post mortem/coroner notes. To do this for all patients would exceed the maximum time limit for FOI requests.
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