NHS Morecambe Bay 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 policies to: ensure a consistent and fair approach across the region; 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, two draft policies are now available for patient and public engagement and feedback. These policies are: the commissioning of photorefractive surgery for the correction of refractive error (laser eye surgery for common sight problems); policy for the management Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) using grommets (the treatment of glue ear for children under 12 using grommets).
Residents of Morecambe Bay are therefore invited to read these new and revised policies and provide their feedback and comments by completing the relevant survey. This can all be accessed by visiting the Have Your Say section of the website.
Hilary Fordham, Chief Operating Officer at Morecambe Bay CCG, said:
“Morecambe Bay CCG is responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including secondary (hospital), community and mental health services and for paying for those services, for and on behalf of, the local population. In some areas this also includes commissioning GP services.
“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.
“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG website and have their say.”