Clinical guide to surgical prioritisation during the coronavirus pandemic
The Federation of Specialty Surgical Associations (FSSA) hosts and maintains the most up-to-date version of the Clinical Guide to Surgical Prioritisation During the Coronavirus Pandemic, a guidance document covering most surgical specialties and assigning a priority level and timeframe to each surgical procedure.
The guidance updated on 21 August includes the following changes:
- An emphasis on regular review of cases and movement as necessary between the priorities;
- An enhanced Recovery Prioritisation Matrix to include psychological distress;
- Updates to vascular surgery, notably the size of AAAs for allocation to different priorities;
- Updates to the cancer procedures in P2.
- For those involved in the planning and delivery of cancer services, specific guidance is available
- For guidance on solid organ transplantation services please refer to the NHS blood and transplant documentation
- For guidance on obstetric and gynaecological services please refer to RCOG's guidance
- For guidance on the prioritisation of ophthalmic procedures and restoration of ophthalmology services please refer to RCOpth's restoration guidance