NICE have released new Covid-19 guidelines for arranging diagnostic services and planned care in hospitals, for all health and care staff involved in planning and delivering services and commissioners. This includes both online guidance and the opportunity to download the 17 page document here.

To support the guidance, NICE have also created a useful, one page summary sheet found here.

The guidance covers the following areas:

1 Advice and support for shared decision making when arranging planned care

2 Before the planned care

3 Minimising the risks associated with COVID-19

      • All planned procedures needing anaesthesia (general, regional and local) or sedation
      • All other planned procedures, including diagnostic tests and imaging

4 Planning and scheduling

5 During the planned care

6 Ongoing care and support

7 Healthcare workers

8 Service organisation