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Low Priority Treatments


Referrals for Procedures of Limited Clinical Effectiveness
November 2011

Some treatments are now described as ‘Procedures of Limited Clinical Effectiveness’, and need to be considered on a case by case basis before they can be provided on the NHS.

If your clinician (usually a GP or consultant) does refer you, they will need to make an application for funding because;
• The effectiveness of the procedure needs to be assessed
• More information about your health might be needed
• This can take four to six weeks
• Your doctor will be informed of the decision and they will pass this on to you

Some of the procedures are:



Bartholins cyst

Male circumcision for non significant functional problems

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Excessive sweating

Varicose veins

Carpal tunnel

Hysterectomy for menstrual bleeding

Minor skin surgery for non cancerous lesions

D & C for heavy menstrual bleeding

Chronic sinusitis

Injections for non specific back pain


Refashioning scars

Complementary medicine

Reversal of sterilisation

Treatment of ME/chronic fatigue

Surgery for snoring



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