Low Priority Treatments

Low Priority Treatments are procedures that have to have approval before a surgeon can carry out that particular surgery. Without approval a procedure will not be carried out as no funding for the surgery will be paid.

There are two groups of procedures that require prior approval:

  • one, that the GP themselves can approval (as long as your condition meets the strict criteria)
  • Second group has to be approved by the Individual Funding Request (IFR) Team (your doctor will need to write a letter to the IFR team to apply for funding this may take up to 6 weeks and does not guarantee you will get your procedure or medication).

Procedures that a GP can give prior approval for:

  • Bunions
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Haemorrhoid Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Male Circumcision
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Grommets
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Management of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Men
  • Trigger Finger

Procedures that only the IFR Team can approve are:

  • Alternative & Complementary Therapies
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Secondary care treatment
  • Gender Surgery
  • InfertilityTreatments
  • Sterilisation
  • Tongue Tie and frenulotomy
  • Vasectomy when performed under GA
  • Anal Skin Tags
  • Botox for any Condition
  • Cosmetic Surgery or any surgery to be performed for non-clinical reasons
  • Glucose monitoring systems (for use with insulin pump)
  • Snoring
  • Varicose Veins