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Head and Neck cancer services are commissioned by NHS England as part of specialist cancer services; treatment of malignancy is therefore out of scope of this policy.
Tonsillectomy will only be routinely commissioned in adults and children in Devon in the following circumstances:
Tonsillectomy/adenotonsillectomy will be funded in children under 16 where obstruction of the airway results in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, and the following apply:
Tonsillectomy is not routinely commissioned solely for the management of snoring.
Tonsillectomy is not routinely commissioned for the treatment of tonsilloliths (tonsil stones).
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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
Publication date: 30 October 2016