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Local NHS encourages residents to have their say on proposed changes to clinical policies


NHS West Lancashire 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 have all agreed that there is a need to review their clinical policies in order 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.

As part of this ongoing process, the seven clinical policies listed below are now available for patient and public engagement and feedback.

  • Policy for the Surgical Treatment of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome;
  • Policy for Tonsillectomy/Adeno-Tonsillectomy;
  • Policy for the Surgical Release of Trigger Finger;
  • Policy for the Management of Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) using Grommets (the treatment of glue ear in children);
  • Policy for Breast Reduction Surgery (separated from the existing Cosmetics policy);
  • Policy for the Surgical Management of Gynaecomastia (enlarged male breasts) – separated from the existing Cosmetics policy;
  • Policy for the Removal of Benign Skin Lesions (separated from the existing Cosmetics policy)

Residents of West Lancashire are therefore invited to read this new and revised policy and provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey. This can all be accessed by visiting the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website: bit.ly/WLCCGpolicy

Comments on the policy should be submitted by Monday 1 July 2019.

A spokesperson for 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.

“A key role for the CCG is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“The policies that we are currently consulting on may have an impact on many of our residents, it is therefore vitally important that our population have their say on what we are proposing.”


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