Myringotomy with and without grommets in adults and children aged 12 years+

Scope

This is a summary of the Northern, Eastern, Western Devon CCG commissioning policy for Myringotomy with or without ventilation tubes (grommets) in adults and children aged 12 years and older

Myringotomy with or without ventilation tubes (grommets) in adults and children aged 12 years and older commissioning policy

Out of scope

Children under 12 years – see Myringotomy/grommets with or without adjuvant adenoidectomy for the management of otitis media in children under 12 years

Referral

Referral Criteria

Myringotomy with or without ventilation tubes (grommets) will only be funded if the following criteria are met:

Persistent otitis media with effusion (OME) – There has been a period of at least three months watchful waiting* from the date of diagnosis of OME (by GP/primary care referrer/audiologist/ENT surgeon)
and
OME persists after three months
and
the patient suffers from persistent bilateral OME with a hearing level in the better ear of 25 dBHL (averaged at 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz) or worse, confirmed at three months.
or
To aid intratympanic administration of medicines
or
Where middle ear ventilation is an essential feature of specialist investigation for, or management of:

  • underlying malignancy
  • acute or chronic otitis media with complications: facial palsy or intracranial infection e.g. meningitis

*During the watchful waiting period, advice on lifestyle modifications such as stopping smoking (and if appropriate advice on educational and behavioural strategies to minimise the effects of hearing loss) should be offered. The patient's hearing should be re-tested at the end of this time.

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Referral Instructions

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:

Email: d-ccg.ifr-newsdt@nhs.net

Alternatively, please send to: The Panel administrator at Bridge House, Collett Way, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4PH

Publication date: 30 October 2016

 

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