Hips, knees and cataract operations: Postcode search

England CCG

Effective procedures

(Cataracts, hips, knees)

Significantly up Significantly down No significant change

The number of vital, non-emergency procedures carried out by the NHS in England has started to be rationed, analysis by research group Dr Foster suggests.

But the picture varies from area to area. Hip and knee replacements and cataract operations - recognised as some of the most effective procedures - have dropped significantly in some Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) areas in the last two years, while they have risen in others.

GP-led CCGs have replaced primary care trusts in England and now commission healthcare on behalf of patients. Enter your postcode above to find out about hips, knees and cataracts in your area.

Status of hip, knee and cataract procedures as assessed by Dr Foster

  • Significantly up/down: an increase or decrease in the number of procedures between 2010/11 and 2012/13 which exceeds any increase or decrease in the size of the resident population over the same time period
  • No significant change: A change in the number of procedures between 2010/11 and 2012/13 which does not differ from the change the size of the resident population over the same time period

Terminology: Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are GP-led groups which are now responsible for commissioning healthcare on behalf of patients. They replaced primary care trusts in England in April this year. Effective procedures refers to elective admissions to hospital for hip replacements, knee replacements or cataract removals - all widely regarded as having effective results.

Dr Foster status categories: Significantly up/down describes an increase or decrease in the number of procedures between 2010/11 and 2012/13 which exceeds any increase or decrease in the size of the resident population over the same time period. No significant change describes a change in the number of procedures between 2010/11 and 2012/13 which does not differ from the change in the size of the resident population over the same time period.

Data and analysis provided by Dr Foster. Web production by Steven Connor, Sophia Domfeh, Lucy Rodgers and Helene Sears.

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