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Local NHS encourages residents to have their say on gynaecological and hip procedure policies

NHS West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working in partnership with the other seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region.

The eight CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria have all agreed that there is a need to review their clinical policies to ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with national guidelines and best clinical practice and to make sure they are using their limited resources to maximum effect.

Residents are therefore encouraged to read the new four draft policies and provide feedback. These policies are: Excision of the Uterus (hysterectomy)Dilatation and CurettageHysteroscopy and Hip Arthroscopy, the first three of which are concerned with gynaecological procedures.

Residents of West Lancashire are therefore encouraged to read the draft policies and provide their comments on the feedback surveys, which are available on the CCG’s website: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk. Policies and surveys can be posted out for any residents who do not have access to a computer by calling the CCG on 01695 588 000. Comments on these policies should be submitted by Wednesday 6 December 2017.

Greg Mitten, chief officer of West Lancs CVS and lay member for patient and public involvement at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “The CCG is responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including GP services, hospital services, community, mental health and learning disability services, for and on behalf of, the local population of which we serve.

“We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent manner but in so doing we must consider the limited resources we have.

“The policies currently being consulted on may have an impact on many of our residents, so it is really vital that our population have their say on what we are proposing.”

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