The date the IOL Master at Kettering Hospital was found to be faulty.
The IOL Master stopped working on 31st March,2011 and the engineer from Carl Zeiss was called on an urgent basis and he arrived 1.4.11 and advised the Trust it was beyond repair.
The number of patients (If any) who had incorrect lens calculations due to the fault.
The number of patients (in any) who will require corrective procedures due to the fault.
The date that tender requests were sent out by Kettering Hospital for a replacement IOL Master.
An order was raised for replacement equipment when the current equipment broke down.
The Trust procedure necessitates that a benchmarking exercise be undertaken to confirm that the trade-in quotation from Carl Zeiss was value for money before the order was signed off on the 4th of May 2011.
The new system is being delivered from Germany and is expected within 4 weeks of the order date. The Trust investigated the use of a loan machine from Carl Zeiss in the interim period but a loan machine was not available.
Subsequent to your original request you have asked for the relevant section of minutes of a Board meeting where the problem with the IOLMaster was discussed. I can confirm that the business case was discussed at the Surgical Clinical Management Board Team meeting. I have extracted the minutes where the IOL business Case was discussed and this information is attached.
I am pursuing any other related minutes, but, as your request for minutes of board meetings where the IOL master was discussed did not form part of the original request, I am responding to you in line with the timescales set down under the Act.