Leaflets on interventions subject to prior approval for funding.
Interventions subject to funding approval (prior approval)
Not all treatments and medications are routinely funded on the NHS. There are some operations or treatments that have only been shown to be effective for patients who have a particular set of characteristics.
Prior approval: referral for blepharoplasty
A blepharoplasty is an operation which removes excess skin (dermatochalasis) from the eyelids.
Prior approval: referral for the removal of chalazia
A chalazion, also known as a meibomian cyst, is a common condition affecting the eyelid. The cyst (fluid-filled swelling) is usually felt as a small lump.
Prior approval: referral for assessment for ear reshaping surgery (pinnaplasty)
About 1% of people in the UK think that their ears stick out too much. In some cases this can lead to embarrassment and psychological distress.
Prior approval: referral for surgical removal of the gallbladder
Gallstones are small stones, usually made of cholesterol, that form in the gallbladder. In most cases they do not cause any symptoms.
Prior approval: referral for surgical removal of a ganglion cyst
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that develops near a joint or a tendon. Ganglions can occur alongside any joint in the body, but are most common on the wrist, hand and fingers.
Prior approval: referral for assessment for grommet surgery
Otitis media with effusion (OME), more commonly known as glue ear, is a common childhood condition in which the middle ear becomes filled with fluid. This can lead to a temporary delay in speech and language development.
Prior approval: referral for surgical treatment of a hydrocele
A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in the scrotum. Although men of any age can develop a hydrocele, it's more common in young babies and older men.
Prior approval: referral for assessment for tonsillectomy surgery
Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, usually due to a viral infection. Most cases of tonsillitis get better within a week. A small number of people have tonsillitis for a long time or it keeps coming back. This is known as chronic tonsillitis and may ...
Prior approval: referral for assessment for varicose vein surgery
Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that are usually blue or dark purple. They develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly. Varicose veins are a very common condition, affecting up to three in ten adults.