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 a period of three months’ ‘health optimisation’ before they are referred for non-urgent hip and knee operations.
Following our public consultation, the CCG Board approved the recommendation to roll out this scheme to other types of routine surgery. As of 9 July 2018, this scheme now also applies to patients who smoke or are obese who need non-urgent general or gynaecological surgery, unless exclusion criteria apply.
What the public think about our scheme
We consulted with the public from October 2017 – January 2018 to find out what people thought of our plans. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their views with us.
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.
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