COVID-19

This has been a very unsettling time for everyone. As the clinical lead for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital I have been working hard assisting with the COVID-19 response. We have not only been treating patients with COVID-19 but also a number of urgent cancer and trauma patients requiring our expertise. It has been great to witness and be part of the weekly national thank you to the NHS on the Thursday evenings.

My private practice has of course been quieter than usual but I have continued to see my post-operative cosmetic surgery patients and also new urgent cases of possible skin cancers or wound issues requiring plastic surgery input. My practice manager Mrs Sheelagh Crouch has been working reduced office hours but please email if you have any questions or concerns.

We hope to be able to continue to return to normal in stages. I intend next to restart my non-surgical botulinum toxin and filler injectable service followed by surgical procedures. For our surgical procedures we will start first on areas away from the mouth and nose. This will include breast, abdomen, body contouring, ear and eyelid procedures. We will then be allowed to perform surgery on the nose and face.

We have been issued guidance from our governing body, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons BAAPS, about a number of issues.

How to screen patients before treatments and operations.

The important issue of increased risks for our patients due to COVID-19 during your consultation treatment and surgery.

 

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL SUPPORTIVE INFORMATION & RESOURCES

NHS coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

Joint Surgical Colleges & NHS guide to surgical prioritisation during the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0221-specialtyguide-

surgical-prioritisation-v1.pdf

The Royal College of Surgeons of England COVID-19 information hub

https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/coronavirus/

The Royal College of Surgeons of England guidance on recovery of surgical services

https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/coronavirus/recovery-of-surgical-services/

Public Health England (PHE) guidance on PPE

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-personal-protective-equipmentppe/

Public Health Wales (PHW) guidance for healthcare workers including PPE advice

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/information-forhealthcare-

workers-in-wales/

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) COVID site including PPE advice

https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/

BAPRAS COVID guidance

http://www.bapras.org.uk/professionals/About/member-resources/covid-19-advice-for-members/

ISAPS COVID guidance including sample consent

https://www.isaps.org/covid-19/