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Updated Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19

Dear All

We feel these guidelines are having a very positive effect, both for our patients and for us as surgeons and clinicians. They have been welcomed across the UK but also in several other countries.

There are clearly some issues that have generated significant discussion and controversy. There is little hard evidence out there because we are all living this crisis in the present time. However, for the time being we have left out the point about positive pressure ventilation and made the guidelines more focused on risk assessment.

It is likely there will be further adaptations and the writing group plans to meet again early next week.

Take care and be safe.

Giles and Nick

To view the updated advice please click on the link below:

Updated Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19 amended 27 March

You can view the Infograph here: 

Updated Infographic 27 March 2020


AUGIS position on COVID – 19

Dear Colleagues

I would like to update you on the AUGIS position with regard to the COVID19 pandemic, accepting that the situation is constantly evolving. I have a link below to a very well written and comprehensive document recently circulated to ACPGBI members with a great deal of useful information: www.acpgbi.org.uk/news/acpgbi-guidance-for-colorectal-surgeons-and-trainees-on-rising-to-the-challenges-of-covid-19-as-citizens-doctors-and-surgeons/
The hard work put in by the ACP executive team to produce this is evident and there are several very helpful links particularly the BSG link regarding endoscopic procedures.

We are in unprecedented times and our role as surgical practitioners may change greatly over the coming months. Flexibility, professionalism and team working will be required by us all. All non-urgent elective surgery in England has been cancelled after 15 April for 3 months and speaking to colleagues from around the UK, they are being asked to prioritise patients on cancer waiting lists and consider alternative non-surgical treatments.

Andy Smith, James Gossage and myself will be putting together recommendations for management options for specific cancer types for wider circulation later this week. In the meantime I urge you all to keep updated with local and national guidance as it is issued and follow all necessary precautions. The NHS is in an unprecedented position and none of us know how this will play out as we move forwards.

Look after yourselves your families and above all stay safe.

Best wishes

Giles Toogood
President AUGIS


AUGIS Forums:

OG, HPB and Benign Upper GI Disease

Dear Colleagues

Many of you will already be discussing your cancer pathways with colleagues around the country and indeed the world at this appallingly difficult time. We thought it would be sensible to provide a forum for everyone to discuss these and other issues – to share experiences, ask questions and give advice.

Please encourage your colleagues (including non-AUGIS members) to join this forum so that we can all learn from each other.

We have now created 3 main threads, Benign Upper GI Disease, OG cancer and HPB Cancer.

You can access the forum by going to the following link: https://augisforum.freeforums.net

You will be asked to register with both a username and password. Once this is created you will be sent an activation link which you will then need to access the forum. Please note the forum is an online forum and you will be leaving your details with a 3rd party,

Please ensure that the forum is used responsibly and please contact Nichola Bartlett (nichola@augis.org) if you have any questions.

President’s Message

Professor Giles Toogood

Dear Colleague

UGI Congress, Belfast, 14 – 16 October Update

We are writing to advise that the Covid-19 situation has resulted in many conferences being cancelled and rescheduled for later in the year. Based on advice from our colleagues in China and the Department of Health we are hopeful that the Belfast Meeting will go ahead in October. Obviously this will be kept under very close review by all societies involved. Can we ask that you continue to prepare for the conference, not only with abstract submission but leave requirements and rota changes. We are delighted with the programme (now on UGI 2020 Website ) and can ensure that the social programme, venue and amalgamation of all the societies will ensure great positivity after months of difficulty with Covid-19.

Kind regards

Professor Giles Toogood


PPE Challenge NIHR 


Advice for Endoscopy Teams during COVID-19


Surgical Priority in Oesophageal and Gastric Cancer


Statement from AUGIS re Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Cancer Patients


AUGIS Upper GI Benign, OG Cancer and HPB Cancer Forums for members:

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BBUGSS

The British Benign Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society (BBUGSS) has officially joined AUGIS. BBUGSS aims to be a voice for surgeons with an interest in benign upper GI surgery, to connect and share information, a platform for national benign audit projects, surgical education and best practice in subjects related to benign upper GI surgery. BBUGSS will represent the interests of benign surgery on AUGIS main council.


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Updated Provision of Services document
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UGI 2020 Meeting

14 – 15 October 2020

Assembly Rooms, Belfast

                                                             www.ugi2020.co.uk

Abstract submission now open


Postponed: Roux Weekend 13 -16 March 2020

It is with great regret that the ROUX Training Course this weekend in Leamington Spa has been cancelled due to exceptional circumstances.

We plan to rearrange the ROUX Group Weekend to later in the year, date to be confirmed.

Click here for more information.

New Surgical Specialty Lead in advanced colorectal cancer

We’re delighted to announce that Mr Robert Jones, a surgical oncologist at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Liverpool, has been appointed as the UK’s first Surgical Specialty Lead in Colorectal Liver Metastases. This brand new role is funded by Bowel Cancer UK, working in partnership with the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng).

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