People living across the Fylde coast have been invited to have their say on proposed policies regarding diabetes and spinal injections.
The three draft policies are for the supply and funding of insulin pumps for people with diabetes, providing continuous monitoring devices for people with diabetes and for spinal injections to manage back pain.
It 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 and South Cumbria 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.
Full details of the changes can be found within the policies. People are invited to read the revised draft policies and to complete a survey.[/column][column]
A public meeting to discuss the glucose monitoring devices policy will also take place at the NHS Wesham Offices in Derby Road (PR4 3FG), from 6pm to 8pm, to discuss the glucose monitoring policy. The meeting will be open to all residents of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
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 http://www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/your-health/say-clinical-policy-reviews/ while those in Blackpool should visit http://www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk/harmonisation
If you wish to attend the event on 5 June, please email [email protected][/column]