People living on the Fylde coast have been asked to have their say on a proposed new NHS policy on cosmetic procedures.

The draft policy 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.

Along with the other six Lancashire clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCGs are now asking the public to let them know what they think of the proposals.

People are invited to read the revised draft policy on the commissioning of cosmetic procedures and to complete a survey.

The revised policy proposes that the CCGs will not fund cosmetic procedures when the main purpose of this is to change the appearance of a part of the body. This applies to anyone of any age. Only cosmetic procedures where the main purpose is to treat a functional or medical problem, and that meet the criteria in the policy, will be funded.

Residents are being consulted over a 12-week period and public consultation events are being planned for the area. Details of these will be circulated once they have been arranged.

Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP who is also clinical chief officer for NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent way while also taking into account the limited resources we have.

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

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG websites and have their say. I also encourage residents to attend the public events when they are finalised.”

People living in Fylde and Wyre can complete the survey by visiting while those in Blackpool should visit