Healthcare and treatment policies

Planned care is the non-emergency treatment and operations that are carried out in hospital and in the community, with appointments arranged in advance.

This document library is relevant for patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who have been referred for planned care.

The documents, also known as policies, make sure patients receive the best treatment for their condition and are only referred for procedures or operations when it is likely to be effective.

You can use the library to read about when and how non-emergency operations and treatments are carried out (approved policies) and new policies we are considering adding (policies you can comment on).

Policies you can comment on:

If there is a new policy that we are considering introducing, patients will have the opportunity to comment on the contents. Any such policies will be listed below. Click on the name of the policy to read more.

No current upcoming policies

Approved policies:


  • Threshold policies (include a threshold or criteria that need to be met)
  • Not routinely funded (not normally funded – submit individual funding request for panel review). View the Individual Funding Requests Policy here.


Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)



General Surgery

Gynaecology (See also Imaging and Gynaecology/Urology)

  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Category: Threshold | New
  • Utero vaginal prolapse Category: Threshold | New | Coming soon
  • Vaginal pessaries Category: Threshold | New | Coming soon







Paediatric Surgery





Urology (See also urology/gynaecology below)





Travelling abroad for healthcare

This page will help you if you are an overseas visitor wanting to receive healthcare in the UK or you are a UK resident who wishes to travel abroad for healthcare.

Overseas visitors

The overseas visitors regulations explain when persons who are not normally resident in the United Kingdom will be charged for services provided, under the National Health Service Act 2006.

You can read more about this here

You can read the legislation regarding the Immigration Health Charge here.

Assisted conception (fertility treatment)

On 21st August 2017, an amendment to the legislation came into force, whereby assisted conception services will no longer be available free of charge for patients who pay the immigration health surcharge. You can read this amendment here.

UK residents who wish to travel abroad for healthcare

If you are a UK resident and you wish to travel aboard to obtain health care, there is information on the points you should consider, on the NHS England website.

For many treatments, NHS funding will only be available if there has been prior approval or certain clinical criteria are met. Therefore you are advised to speak to your GP to confirm eligibility, before you arrange for treatment to take place. If the relevant criteria are not met, funding may be refused.