BAETS statement on COVID-19 and Thyroid Cancer Services

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CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING THYROID CANCER SURGICAL SERVICES March 2020

This document covers thyroid surgery related to cancer – other thyroid surgery is covered in a separate document relating to benign thyroid conditions. This is not a clinical guideline or Standard Operating Procedure, but is a distillation of expert opinion which clinicians may find useful when planning local services.

Introduction

  • During the current period of exceptional demand on the UK Health Services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some aspects of Thyroid Cancer services may need to be prioritised where it is not possible to follow normal diagnostic and treatment pathways.
  • Any decisions re changes will need to be taken locally and supported by local governance structures. Local planning should take place at the earliest opportunity taking into account varying levels of anticipated disruption at different stages of the pandemic.
  • Where investigations and treatments are different from usual pathways it is important to continue to be honest and open with our patients, and to keep good records.
  • The following guidance will be subject to change at various stages of the pandemic and recovery. This document deals only with thyroid cancer. Other thyroid surgery is covered in guidance for benign thyroid surgical conditions.
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