Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_4629

Date Request Received: 01/10/2018 09:37:48

Date Request Replied To: 29/10/2018 14:18:16

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Request Summary: Base of thumb arthritis

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
Please could you send us your current policies for treatment (surgical and/or injection) of base of thumb arthritis including any funding criteria.
Answer To Question 1:
No current Trust authored policy document for the treatment (surgical and/or injection) of base of thumb arthritis. Funding criteria is specific to referring CCG's.
Question Number 2:
Please could you send us any older policies including funding criteria for treatment of base of thumb arthritis from 1998 to present day.
Answer To Question 2:
Information not held
Question Number 3:
If not included in the policy what criteria is used to categorise severity of base of thumb arthritis into mild moderate or severe.
Answer To Question 3:
The categorisation of severity of Thumb Base Arthritis is done by radiological criteria, but this is not generally used clinically as pain surpasses the Xray changes. We do however have to be sure that we have the correct diagnosis if pain is very severe and the Xray changes are very mild.
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