We have produced a range of both clinical and corporate policies to ensure that staff provide, and patients receive high quality care and treatment. The Equality Analysis of our policies is attached at the end of each policy.

Please note: we are in the process of updating this documentation to reflect our new organisation (NHS Dorset), the policies provided and operated under have been identified as fit for purpose and have been temporarily carried over from NHS Dorset CCG.

Clinical policies

Clinical policies and criteria based access protocols in respect of treatments which are not routinely commissioned are currently being reviewed. Where reviews have been completed, the updated policy or protocol has been incorporated on this site.

If you are unable to locate a policy which relates to a specific treatment or you would like to discuss the clinical criteria for access in respect of a particular treatment then please contact:

Individual Patient Treatment Team
Vespasian House
Barrack Road

Telephone: 01305 213505

E-mail: individual.requests@nhsdorset.nhs.uk

If you need to send patient identifiable information, please e-mail: DOICB.individualrequest@nhs.net

Adult snoring surgery (in the absence of obstructive sleep apnoea)

Appendicectomy without confirmation of appendicitis – new

Appropriate colonoscopy in the management of hereditary colorectal cancer – new

Apronectomy abdominoplasty

Arthroscopic surgery for meniscal tears – new

Benign skin lesions

Botox type A

Botox type A for overactive bladder

Breast reduction

Breast surgery not reduction


Cardio pulmonary resuscitation DNACPR

Carpal tunnel

Cataract surgery

Closure of patent foramen

Complimentary medicines and therapies

Cosmetic treatments (including laser treatment)

Cystoscopy for uncomplicated lower urinary tract symptoms – new

Desensitising light therapy for the management of PMLE

Dilatation and curettage for heavy menstrual bleeding in women

Dupuytren’s contracture

Ear wax removal

European Cross Border Healthcare

Exercise ECG for screening for coronary heart disease – new

Excision of chalazion and benign skin lesions of the eyelid


Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES)

Gall Stones, laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Ganglia removal

GP checklist for infertility referrals

Grommet ventilation tube

Haemorrhoid surgery

Healthcare travel costs scheme

Helmet therapy for treatment of positional plagiocephaly brachycephaly in children – new

Hip arthroscopy

Hip replacement

Hydrocele, surgical intervention of

Hysterectomy for menorrhagia

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Invasive coronary angiography for low risk, stable chest pain – new


Interventional procedures in the management of spinal pain

Knee arthroscopy with osteoarthritis

Knee arthroscopy without osteoarthritis

Knee replacement

Labiaplasty, vaginoplasty and hymenorrhaphy

Laryngeal surgery

Leaving hospital

Lumbar discectomy – new

Male circumcision

Multi-agency Pressure Ulcer Framework

Multiple chemical sensitivity

Corporate policies