People living across the Fylde coast can have their say on new NHS policies designed to ensure a consistent approach to services across the whole of Lancashire.

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

The project will ensure a consistent and fair approach, develop a set of principles and policies against which decisions about care and treatment can be made, and update current policies in accordance with national guidelines and best clinical practice.

Local people are urged to take a look at the policies and a comparison document explaining how they have changed. Surveys have been produced to allow local people to then have their say on the new policies.

Six draft policies are now available for patient and public engagement and feedback. These policies are:

  • The surgical treatment of carpel tunnel syndrome,
  • Tonsillectomy,
  • The surgical release of trigger finger,
  • Endoscopic knee procedures,
  • Male circumcision

There is also an entirely new draft policy on (diabetic) insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices. The CCG is working with Diabetes UK in order to get their feedback and to arrange opportunities for Type 1 diabetic patients to discuss the policy at group meetings and forums.

No policy currently exists for these devices so previously the service was handled on a patient-by-patient basis at the GP’s discretion, potentially leading to inconsistencies across Lancashire.

To read the draft policy documents and provide feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey(s), visit http://www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/areyouin/review-nhs-policies/

Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP and clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “Fylde and Wyre CCG is responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including hospital, community and mental health services and for paying for those services, for and on behalf of, the local population.

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

“A key role for the CCG is to develop policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources. We have done a lot over the past year to talk to patients about our policies and there is clearly a large group of people who take an interest in this.

“We have a specific page on our website where current clinical policies that are under review can be found and people have a chance to give their feedback on those whenever they are ready for review.

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

For the new policy on insulin pumps and glucose monitoring devices any diabetic patients, parents or carers, can make arrangements to discuss the policy by calling 01772 214244 or emailing haveyoursay@lancashirecsu.nhs.uk