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Find all of the East Lancashire Health Economy Guidelines within this section:


Condition Specific Guidelines
Palliative Care & Syringe Driver Guidelines
Non-Clinical Guidelines & Policies
Medicine Specific Guidelines
Food First Guidelines
Other Clinical Guidelines

Clinical guidelines are ‘systematically developed statements which assist clinicians and patients in making decisions about appropriate treatment for specific conditions’.  They offer concise instruction on clinical practice and can be developed at a national or local level by multidisciplinary groups.  Locally, guidelines can be developed in relation to any clinical condition or aspect of practice with the aim of improving the quality of care.  Five key reasons for choosing an area in which to develop guidelines have been identified:


  • where there is excessive morbidity, disability or mortality

  • where treatment offers good potential for reducing morbidity, disability or mortality

  • where there is wide countrywide variation in clinical practice

  • where resources involved are resource intensive-either high volume and low cost or low  volume and high cost

  • where boundary issues are involved, across sector and across professional bodies


Information in this section has been approved by the East Lancashire Drug & Therapeutics Committee which approves medicine related guidance across the East Lancashire Health Economy, which consists of;


·       Blackburn with Darwen CCG

·       East Lancashire CCG

·       East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


The local guidelines below therefore apply to these organisations, unless otherwise stated.  Where there is no local guideline applicable, we advise using the NHS Guidelines Specialist Library which registers and catalogues all relevant guidelines available nationally, and internationally



All material in this section is aimed at health professionals, but is information currently held within the public domain.   Members of the public seeking advice on medicine-related matters are encouraged to speak with their GP, pharmacist or nurse, or contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. 

Richard Lee, East Lancashire Health Economy New Drugs Pharmacist.


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