NHS services in Halton are being reviewed to make best use of resources

NHS Halton CCG, which runs the monthly health show on HCR, is one of seven local NHS organisations which have joined together to review over 100 health policies.

At the moment, in some cases, treatments and operations are being carried out with little or no difference to the patient, which is putting a huge strain on the NHS. To stop this from happening, the NHS in your area is reviewing over 100 policies and treatments, with the aim to;

  • To ensure that the latest medical guidance and techniques are being used and so the best treatment is being provided to each patient.
  • To ensure that NHS resources are being used in the best possible way for all patient
  • To provide more equal access to healthcare and treatments, where possible.

Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Southport and Formby, South Sefton, St Helens and Warrington CCGs have joined together to review the policies. This will be done over the next 12 months and during that time local people will regularly have the opportunity to have their say on a variety of procedures and treatments.

Treatments being reviewed over the next few months in this first phase of the programme include removal of piles, cataract surgery, laser tattoo removal and treatments for hairloss.

Dave Sweeney Chief Officer, NHS Halton CCG said: “The quality of care given to patients is the most important factor in developing these policies.

“By working together in this review we can make sure that NHS resources are being spent in the best way, looking at the latest medical advice and treatments, getting the best care and outcomes for patients.

“Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an individual funding request (IFR) where appropriate.”

Local people can view all of the policies being reviewed and find out how to have their say on NHS Halton CCG’s website www.haltonccg.nhs.uk and visit the Get Involved section – until the 18th September 2017.