Thursday July 14, 2016
As some of you may or may not be aware there is a limited bariatric service available in the region. The BOPDHB has funding for eight gastric bypasses per year. Last year the DHB received 71 referrals. A significant number of the declined referrals were because patients did not have significant ‘obesity related’ co-morbidity. If patients don’t suffer from the listed conditions, they are unlikely to be accepted.
For your information click here to view the prioritisation criteria, which gets sent out with every declined referral letter.