Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently reviewing the way patients use deep vein thrombosis (DVT) services, with the aim of improving access to the thrombosis service for local people. DVT as it is commonly called, is a blood clot in one of the deep veins in the body, usually the leg.

As part of this review, the CCG would like to gather views from local people who have used the service, and the views of those who may be at increased risk of requiring the DVT service in the future.

Each year, 1 in every 1,000 people in the UK is affected by DVT. Anyone can develop DVT, but it becomes more common with age. As well as age, risk factors include:

a family history of blood clots
medical conditions such as cancer and heart failure
inactivity – for example, after an operation
being overweight or obese
flying regularly
The survey is available here. The deadline for feedback is midnight on the 14th December.

The CCG is also holding a focus group where local people can discuss the DVT service with NHS staff. The focus group will be held on Wednesday 3rd December from 2:30 – 3:30, at NHS Barnsley CCG, Hillder House, 49-51 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2PY.

If you would like to attend the focus group, please contact Pauline Roberts by emailing Pauline.roberts2@nhs.net or by phoning 01226 433739.

Dr Mehrban Ghani, local GP and Medical Director of Barnsley CCG, said:

“Feedback from the survey will not only help the CCG to improve access to the thrombosis service, it will also be used to ensure future commissioning plans relating to the DVT service are based around the needs and wants of the local community.

I’d like to encourage local people with experience of the DVT service, or who are at increased risk of requiring the service in the future, to fill in the survey or attend the focus group and make sure their views are heard.”