Have your say on five new NHS policies

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People living across the Fylde Coast have been invited to have their say on four proposed new NHS policies, which have been developed following instruction from NHS England for CCGs to adopt a number of clinical policies.

Four of these policies are new to our CCGs in the Lancashire and South Cumbria area.  The patient access criteria for these policies have already been consulted upon nationally and cannot now be amended.

It comes as part of work by the NHS across Lancashire to standardise policies to ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with national guidelines and best clinical practice; and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

The CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria wish to inform patients and members of the public about these new policies and to invite them to consider if the introduction of these policies will have an adverse effect on patients or groups of patients.  If this is the case, there may be something the CCGs can do to minimise the impact of this.

The new policies are:

  • Ganglia excision
  • Adult snoring surgery (in the absence of obstructive sleep apnoea)
  • Chalazia removal
  • Dupuytren’s contracture release in adults
  • Haemorrhoid surgery

To view the policies and to make comments, visit https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/commissioningpolicy/current-clinical-policy-reviews

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “CCGs must take account of the latest guidance when formulating their commissioning polices.  In this instance NHS England has issued the latest guidance on these procedures.  We need to ensure they are introduced in an open, fair and transparent manner.

“A key role for the CCG is to inform residents of these changes and to give them an opportunity to raise any concerns.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG website and have their say.”

Comments on the policies will close on 1 February 2019, with the exception of ganglia excision, which will remain open until 13 February 2019.