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REMEDY : BNSSG referral pathways

Breast Surgery

Checked: 28-01-2019 by Rob.Adams Next Review: 28-01-2020

Breast Surgery - funding policies

Please see the following funding policies that apply to breast surgery referrals in BNSSG CCG

Breast Surgery (for females) - Breast surgery for all benign breast conditions in females is not routinely commissioned and would only be considered via an individual funding application. This policy includes requests for revision or extraction of breast implants, breast reduction and asymmetry correction surgery.

Breast Surgery (for males) - Breast surgery for all benign breast conditions in males (including gynaecomastia) is not routinely commissioned and would only be considered via an individual funding application.

Breast reconstruction post- cancer - This is a criteria based access policy and as long as criteria are met then prior approval/ funding is not required. Please note that cosmetic enhancements following reconstruction surgery do not fall within the scope of the policy and this surgery would not be routinely funded and would require individual funding.

 

Breast surgery for Gender Identity

Breast surgery for patients on the gender identity pathway (for both male and female patients) is commissioned by NHS England via Gender Identity Clinics (direct GP referrals would not be considered outside of this pathway).

Red Flags

Please see the Breast -2WW section for advice on referral for suspected malignancy

For patients with an acute breast abscess then please see the Mastitis and Breast Abscess section