Hernia repair policy for each CCG
NHS Guidelines - What you need to know...
NICE Guidance states that surgical hernia repair 'should be undertaken in most individuals presenting with an inguinal hernia' and this is also similar advice to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). However, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's) in charge of the provision of herniorraphy/hernioplasty techniques within your own health boundary do not always follow national guidelines.
In the recent Royal College of Surgeons report entitled 'Is access to surgery a postcode lottery?' the somewhat variable policies of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's) to Inguinal hernia surgery were measured. There was wide variance between the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) guidance that states that 'surgical repair should be offered to all patients presenting with symptomatic hernias'.
The report found that only 27% of CCG's surveyed comply with RCS / NICE guidelines. Some CCG's require a hernia size increase or incarceration history before they will consider surgery;a policy with potential issues for risk and surgical outcome not to mention patient discomfort.
Below is the complete list of CCGs in NHS England and their policy (if any) at time of writing (March 2015).
We invite customers to help us complete the columns if you know of the policy in your CCG area. This will help others make informed decisions.