New NHS treatment guidelines introduced in Doncaster

Local clinicians agree changes with immediate effect | Doncaster CCG

A number of operations and procedures which medical experts agree provide only limited or temporary benefit to patients will no longer be routinely available to Doncaster patients on the NHS.

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has drawn up a list of procedures, which are judged to have ’limited clinical value’. They will start to come into effect this month, following a review of national and regional treatment guidelines by local GPs and hospital clinicians.

The procedures will not be stopped altogether but they will only be funded when appropriate for the patient, after certain ‘thresholds’ have been met:

  • Benign skin lesion (non-cancerous)
  • Cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder)
  • Interventional treatment for haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Hernia repair (inguinal, umbilical, para-umbilical, incisional)
  • Cataract surgery
  • Hip replacement for osteoarthritis
  • knee replacement for osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Common hand conditions (Dupuytren’s, trigger finger, ganglion)
  • Acupuncture for low back pain and sciatica

Patients who are currently on a waiting list to have any of the procedures will not be affected; the changes only apply to new referrals.

Read the full overview here



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