[Official Report, 8 February 2010, Vol. 505, c. 717W.]
Letter of correction from Mr. Mike O’Brien
An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Vale of Glamorgan (John Smith) on 8 February 2010. I am sorry that the answer said that a VTE electronic risk assessment tool ‘should be available for use by acute and primary care providers in England by the end of June 2010’. The words “and primary” were included in error.
The correct answer should have been: 
A venous thromboembolism (VTE) electronic risk assessment tool, fully compliant with the recently-published National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on reducing the risk of VTE in patients admitted to hospital, should be available for use by acute care providers in England by the end of June 2010.
There is currently no individual standard clinical terminology (SNOMED CT) code for the representation of ‘hospital-acquired’ VTE. A number of codes were added to SNOMED CT during 2009 to support the introduction of electronic VTE risk assessment. There are also pre-existing codes that can be used for recording incidence of the condition, as distinct from risk. There are formal mechanisms for the introduction of new SNOMED CT codes should this prove to be necessary.