Planned care

Planned care is the name given to those services and treatments which are not carried out in an emergency, often those which patients are referred to by their GP, such as a planned operation.

Some planned care such as minor surgery can be provided in a community setting such as a GP practice, however more complex treatment will need to take place in a hospital. It is important to remember that as a patient, you have a choice as to where you can been seen, and you should consider factors such as waiting times, distance to travel, and quality of care when making a decision. Your GP will be able to explain what options are available to you.

Prior Approval Policy

The Prior Approval Policy sets out to make explicit the position of the NHS in Lincolnshire with regard to which treatments will, or will not be, commissioned from providers and the criteria and thresholds to be applied.

The latest version of the policy is version 7, issued July 2018. It is available to view here.

If you wish to discuss the policy, or require general advice and support please contact:

NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit, Cross O’ Cliff, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, LN4 2HN

T: 01522 515384, E Mail: