In November 2017, we introduced a scheme to ask patients who smoke or have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above (an obese body weight) to try to stop smoking and/or lose weight for up to three months before they are referred for non-urgent hip and knee operations.
We are now proposing to introduce this scheme for other types of non-urgent surgery and consulted with the public from October 2017 – January 2018 to find out what people think of our plans. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their views with us.
What the public told us
We have now reviewed all of the feedback we received. To find out what people told us, please read our consultation summary or full consultation report on the right hand side of this page. A summary of the public’s feedback has been included in a report, with recommendations for how the scheme could work, and this was presented to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board for approval at the end of March 2018. The Board approved the recommendations set out in the report which you can download from the right hand side of this page.
Please note, this information can all be made available in a range of languages, large print, Braille, or on CD/tape. To request an alternative format, please email email@example.com or call 01225 831 800.
What happens next?
We are now finalising details for the scheme which will begin to be rolled out in B&NES from July 2018. We will update these pages with more information at the end of June.