NHS services in Halton are being reviewed to make the best use of resources and the latest medical evidence.

The NHS wants to provide patients with the right treatment in the right place at the right time.

At present some treatments and operations are being carried out with little or no difference to patients, which is putting a huge strain on the NHS.

To stop this from happening the NHS is reviewing more than 100 policies and treatments.

Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has teamed up with St Helens, Warrington, Knowsley, Liverpool, Southport and Formby to evaluate their NHS services over the next 12 months.

Dave Sweeney, chief Officer, NHS Halton CCG, said: “The quality of care given to patients is the most important factor in developing these policies.

“By working together in this review we can make sure that NHS resources are being spent in the best way, looking at the latest medical advice and treatments, getting the best care and outcomes for patients.

“Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an individual funding request where appropriate.”

Health chiefs want to ensure that the latest medical guidance and techniques are being used so the best treatment is being provided to each patient.

They believe it is imperative that NHS resources are being used in the best possible way and more equal access to healthcare and treatments should be provided where possible.

Residents will have the opportunity to have their say on a variety of procedures and treatments.

Treatments being reviewed in the first phase over the next few months include the removal of piles, cataract surgery, laser tattoo removal and treatments for hair loss.

Residents can visit www.haltonccg.nhs.uk to take part in an online survey of the treatments and policies currently being reviewed until September 10.