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This is a summary of the NHS Devon CCG commissioning policy for assessment and removal of Benign Skin and Subcutaneous Lesions.
Removal of a benign skin or subcutaneous lesion for cosmetic purposes using surgery, cryotherapy or laser treatment is not routinely commissioned. Assessment or removal of a benign skin or subcutaneous lesion is routinely commissioned only in the following circumstances:
Where the original referral was for suspected malignancy, once it is established that a skin lesion is not malignant its removal will not normally be funded by the NHS though a clinician may request exceptional funding. Clinicians referring on this basis should make the patient explicitly aware that removal of the lesion may not occur.
Where the circumstances of treatment for an individual patient do not meet the criteria described above exceptional funding can be sought. Individual cases will be reviewed by the appropriate panel of the CCG upon receipt of a completed application from the patient's GP, consultant or clinician. Applications cannot be considered from patients personally.
Applications for consideration for funding approval should be sent to:
Alternatively, please send to: The Panel administrator at Bridge House, Collett Way, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4PH
Date of publication: 11 January 2016
This policy has been adopted from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG
and South Devon and Torbay CCG by NHS Devon CCG from 1 April 2019
Updated following consideration of NHS England Evidence-Based
Interventions Guidance for CCGs: 20 January 2020
Last updated: 31-01-2020