Clinical guidance for surgeons

The RCSI National Clinical Programmes are work on a daily basis with individual and institutional partners, and other interested parties, to develop publications and national guidelines on the management of patient and safety precautions to be taken by surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As new documents are produced we will add these to the list below - all items are dated and the newest will always be listed at the top of each section.

Department of Health: Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic 

RCSI policy statements

30 May 2020: Updated intercollegiate general surgery guidance on COVID-19 PDF | 297.2 KB 15 April 2020: Intercollegiate guidance for pre-operative chest CT imaging for elective cancer surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 256.6 KB 11 April 2020: Intercollegiate clinical guide to surgical prioritisation during the coronavirus pandemic PDF | 319.9 KB 9 April 2020: COVID-19 - A Guide to Clinical Practice for New or Returning Surgeons PDF | 478.1 KB 6 April 2020: Updated intercollegiate general surgery guidance on COVID-19 PDF | 620.4 KB 1 April 2020: JCST, COVID-19 and Trainee Progression in 2020 PDF | 640.6 KB 27 March 2020: Updated intercollegiate general surgery guidance on COVID-19 PDF | 561.2 KB
25 May 2020: NCCP Guidance for Testing COVID-19 in Asymptomatic Patients Undergoing Elective Cancer Surgery PDF | 888.9 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Peri-Procedural Period PDF | 355.1 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Management of planned Hospital Admission for non-COVID care PDF | 117.5 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Management of Day Case Procedures non AGPs PDF | 91.7 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim Guidance on the Management of Day Case AGPs PDF | 93.8 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations Interim guidance non-COVID OPD v4 PDF | 296.2 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations In-patient pyrexia algorithm PDF | 205.3 KB 13 May 2020: NCAGL Acute Operations HCW algorithm v6 PDF | 412 KB 1 May 2020: Irish Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Head and Neck Reconstruction during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 152.5 KB 17 April 2020: Irish Head and Neck Society - considerations during COVID-19 updated PDF | 1078.4 KB 12 April 2020: Irish Microsurgery Special Interest Group guidelines for microsurgery during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 142.7 KB 29 March 2020: Guidelines on the Management of Skin Cancer/Melanoma during Covid-19 Crisis PDF | 703.4 KB 23 March 2020: NCCP advice on patients requiring surgery PDF | 481.8 KB 23 March 2020: Clinical guide for the management of neurosurgical patients during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF | 393.2 KB