COVID-19: Urology service guide

April 2020

Scope

This information provides guidance on the management of Urology patients in South and West Devon during the Covid-19 pandemic.

2WW referrals

2WW referrals should continue to be referred as normal. Referrals will be vetted on a case by case basis and managed appropriately.

Urgent referrals

All referrals will be reviewed prior to the allocation of appointment. The Urology team will continue providing clinical review for urgent cases. Again, these will be prioritised on a case by case basis.

Please ensure that a practice-based system is in place to check daily for returning referrals with A&G.

Routine referrals

All new routine referrals will be clinically triaged and will either be added to a waiting list or, if appropriate, A&G will be given.

Please ensure that a practice-based system is in place to check daily for returning referrals with A&G.

Prior to making a routine referral, please ensure that any appropriate Policy or CRG has been reviewed and that all the suggested investigations and management options have been considered.

South Devon & Torbay urology referral guidance

Western urology referral guidance

Existing new and follow-up routine appointments have been cancelled and changed to telephone / video consultation where appropriate.

Urgent advice

Urgent Urology advice can be sought by contacting the Urology Registrar or Consultant via Switchboard:

  • Torbay & South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust telephone: 0300 456 8000
  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust telephone: 01752 202082

Advice & Guidance

Advice and Guidance will continue to be given through referrals via e-RS.

Please ensure that a practice-based system is in place to check daily for returning A&G.

COVID-19 High risk patient advice

All urological emergencies in the presence of symptoms of COVID-19 should be discussed with the admitting team who will assess along hospital guidelines.

High risk patients will be contacted via letter regarding steps they need to take to protect themselves during the pandemic.

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off on behalf of the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Publication date: April 2020

 

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