Scotland launches new cancer surgery recovery framework

The Scottish Government has announced new guidelines to aid the recovery of patients following surgery for cancer.

The guidelines come as a necessary modification to current practice under the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish Government said:

“During wave one of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic in Scotland, the Scottish Government convened a National Cancer Treatment Response Group to lead on national guidance for care of cancer patients during that period.

“Clinical guidelines for cancer treatment were published on the 28 April 2020 (updated from the 20 of April version).

“This ‘Framework for Recovery of Cancer Surgery’ builds on that initial guidance and has been formulated by the Scottish Government COVID-19 Cancer Treatment Response Group. This Framework should now be applied across NHS Scotland.”

The Framework uses four guiding principles to underpin its advice:

  1. Equity of Access
  2. Safety of Service
  3. Prioritisation of surgery
  4. Recovery Strategy and Implementation

Read the Framework on the Scottish Government website.

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Published 4. August 2020 in News, News UK