COVID-19: Gastroenterology service guide (Devon)

November 2020

Scope

This information provides guidance on the management of Gastroenterology patients across Western Devon during the Covid-19 pandemic.

National guidance

British Society of Gastroenterology - Advice & Guidance

​2WW referrals

  • 2WW IDA referrals will continue to be reviewed via telephone consultation
  • All referrals for endoscopy procedures are being reviewed by a gastroenterologist and a clinical decision made to book immediately, defer to post COVID-19 or to arrange an alternative test

e-Referral selection:

  • Specialty: 2WW
  • Clinic type: 2WW Upper GI / 2WW Lower GI
  • Service: DRSS-Western-2WW Upper GI- Devon CCG-15N / DRSS-Western-2WW Lower GI - Devon CCG-15N

​Urgent referrals

DRSS referrals continue to be triaged.

There needs to be sufficient information given to enable this to be done appropriately. At present, the ability to perform endoscopic procedures is severely limited, please refer to endoscopy guidance for more information.

The CT colonography service is also currently suspended. If abdominal malignancy is suspected and investigation is considered appropriate, a CT AP or TAP can be requested.

IBD & Nutrition/Intestinal failure advice can be obtained from the specialist nurse led telephone service below:

IBD - telephone: 01752 439224

Nutrition - telephone: 01752 439227

  • All referrals for endoscopy procedures are being reviewed by a gastroenterologist and a clinical decision made to book immediately, defer to post COVID-19 or to arrange an alternative test.

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.

All routine appointments have been changed to telephone / video consultation where appropriate.

All referrals for endoscopy procedures are being reviewed by a gastroenterologist and a clinical decision made to book immediately, defer to post COVID-19 or to arrange an alternative test.

Urgent advice

The 'ward' consultant Gastroenterologist can be contacted via switchboard telephone: 01752 202082

Advice & Guidance

IBD telephone: 01752 439224, email: plh-tr.ibd-advice@nhs.net

Nutrition telephone: 01752 439227, email: lisa.cripps@nhs.net or Samantha.averill@nhs.net

Covid-19 High risk patient advice

Pathway Group

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

Last updated: 30-11-2020

 

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