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National Guidance for the Recovery of Elective Surgery in Children

Released on - 21/07/2020

National Guidance for the Recovery of Elective Surgery in Children

National Guidance for the Recovery of Elective Surgery in Children

These recommendations use the most up to date evidence to inform practice that will enable recovery of children’s elective surgery.

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cessation of all but the most urgent elective children’s surgical cases during the period of peak prevalence of infection in the general population. In the period March to May 2020 over 50,000 children in England had surgery from all surgical specialties postponed. There is an urgent requirement to re-establish elective children’s surgical services. 

Aim: To provide guidance on evidence-based practice that will enable recovery of children’s elective surgery.

Scope: This guidance has been developed by the following organisations: NHS England, Public Health England, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Anaesthesia, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Children’s Surgical Forum, British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, and The Association for Perioperative Practice.

The guidance is available to access here

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