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Clinical guide for the management of patients requiring endoscopy during the coronavirus pandemic 20 Apr, 2020

The UK National Healthcare System (NHS) has published this advice to help endoscopy units and their teams prioritise activity during the COVID-19 outbreak. There is a complex balance of risks to consider. The service provision may need to flex as part of infection control to ensure they do not put staff and patients at undue risk. Staff providing or supporting any endoscopy procedures will need to be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment.

This guidance has been developed through conversations with multiple stakeholder groups, including radiology, and recognises that the limited availability of endoscopy and/or CT/CTC will require trusts to adopt a flexible approach to service provision and workforce. It will be kept under review and updated as and when new information becomes available.