A report to a council meeting next week reveal how many patients in York have had elective surgery delayed because they’re overweight.
The Vale of York CCG’s “Health Optimisation policy” started in February 2017. Patients seeking operations but who had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30 faced possible delays.
There was a long list of procedures that were not affected by the policy.
The CCG said it had learned from elsewhere that implementation of this policy could contribute to confined financial management while providing the opportunity for improving the health of the population.
Other claimed that the policy was driven by cost cutting rather than patient welfare.
The criteria used was If a patient’s BMI>=30 their surgery if delayed/deferred until the following was achieved:
- Their BMI is <30
- They’ve lost 10% of their weight
- They’ve not achieved a or b but have waited 12 months since initial assessment.
Since its inception of Health Optimisation in February 2017 the Referral Support Service have sent out 1,766 letters for patients that exceed BMI criteria. Not all of these had to wait before joining the a waiting list.
The CCG has claimed some anecdotal evidence that patients have reported to their GPs that as a result of losing weight, in accordance with the policy, the pain they were previously suffering from had dissipated. Some patients did not therefore require surgery.
Temperatures are expected to peak this week before falling away on Friday. There is then a possibility of some rain, which will please gardeners at least..
With the warm weather and children embarking on their summer holidays, City of York Council is offering tips for residents to have a happy, healthy summer.
With the school holidays upon us it is important during the summer break to be aware of potential risks to health and look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.
Our love summer campaign offers some top tips on how to enjoy the weather –
- Lots of water – it is important to stay hydrated in the hot weather.
- Older people, remember to make sure they are ok in the hot weather. Simply checking in on your neighbour or family members that they have everything they need can make a world of difference.
- Vaccination check-up. Summer is a good opportunity to check that your family’s vaccinations are up to date. Why not get in contact with your GP to check? It is important that people have MMR and Menacwy vaccines, especially before holidays and festivals.
- Everyone needs sun cream. Wear at least SPF 15+ sun cream, ideally 50+ for children, and make sure you reapply regularly, especially if you are swimming or doing exercise.
- Soap and water after petting farm visits. Keep your hands away from your face, and always was your hands with soap and water- not just gels or wipes, after touching animals.
- Understand the dangers of open water and don’t swim in rivers or reservoirs. Hidden current, unexpected cold temperatures and debris make this dangerous – even for strong swimmers.
- Make sure your BBQ meat is cooked thoroughly and don’t leave food outside for long periods of time.
- Moderate your drinking, have water in between alcoholic drinks, never drink and drive, and stay away from open water.
- Ensure your children are safe and protected from the sun. Accidents can happen when children are left unattended, make sure you keep an eye on where they are playing, especially if it’s near pools, ponds, BBQs or trampolines.
- Remember to head for shade, the sun is especially strong between 11am and 3pm. If you are going outside, try to stay in the shade between these times, and remember to wear light, loose-fitting clothing and lots of suncream.