Contribute your thoughts on local varicose veins services
Communities / Mon 9th Feb 2015 pm28 01:15pm
WEST Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys health and care services on behalf of people in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford, is asking local people to share their thoughts on local varicose veins services.
Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins – most commonly blue or dark purple – that usually occur on the legs. They develop when the small valves inside the veins become damaged and allow blood to flow backward and collect in the vein. This causes the vein to become swollen and enlarged which can cause symptoms including aching, heavy and uncomfortable legs swollen feet and ankles and burning or throbbing in your legs. It is important to note many people with varicose veins in the legs have no symptoms.
West Essex CCG is reviewing its current policy for the treatment of varicose veins, following changes to guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. To ensure the updated policy meets the needs of local people in the most cost effective manner, the CCG would like local people’s opinions about spending on the service.
The questionnaire can be accessed via the CCG website at: www.westessexccg.nhs.uk/Have-your-say/questionnaires.htm
Dr Christine Moss, Epping Forest GP and clinical director at West Essex CCG said: “We encourage local people, affected by varicose veins or not, to complete the questionnaire and have their say on local services and how their local NHS budget is spent.
“By adopting the right elements of NICE guidance we can commission a service that meets the needs of local people who have varicose veins, while making the most effective use of the available financial resources.
“Therefore, we’d like to know how people in west Essex think we should approach any updates to this policy.”
The opportunity to give feedback remains open until Friday 27 February 2015.