Welcome to AUGIS
AUGIS promotes the establishment of high quality training programmes throughout the UK as a fundamental component of its activities. We work towards improving the delivery, the results and outcome of conditions of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, liver and biliary tract requiring surgical treatment…. Learn More »
PPE Guidance – please click here to view the latest PHE Guidance
Updated 13 May:
Intercollegiate Guidance on CT Chest scanning prior to cancer surgery
Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19
Updated 30th May 2020
You can view the Infograph here:
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
AUGIS position on COVID – 19
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.
Professor Giles Toogood
UGI Congress 2020 becomes UGI Congress 2021
After much discussion and thought we have decided to postpone our UGI Congress 2020 for a whole year. This is hugely disappointing considering the immense effort so many people have put into organising this collaborative meeting. The new date is 13th to 15th October 2021 in Belfast. Please put it in your diaries.
The UGI Congress 2020 App has been converted to the AUGIS Community App and is now fully functional, and we will use this for communication and education – more to follow about this. Furthermore, the Roux Group weekend was cancelled last month. We have rearranged this training weekend for 27th and 28th March 2021, again at Chesford Grange, Leamington Spa. The Roux Group is keen to make this a much bigger event open to all AUGIS/BOMSS members, although still very much focussed on our trainees.
With all that is going on during the pandemic, we have discussed whether we should freeze all Council posts this year in order to maintain as much continuity as possible. We will discuss this at our forthcoming Zoom AUGIS Council meeting in 2 week’ time.
Finally, surgery guidance during the Covid pandemic remains on our website but as surgical capacity in many of our hospitals increases, we will all be considering changing our thresholds for surgery and doing more. This may well be appropriate but we must not forget the change in risk: benefit balance that COVID infection still poses even as more capacity opens up.
Take care, look after your patients and yourselves.
Giles Toogood Nick Maynard
AUGIS President AUGIS President Elect
Roux Weekend 2021
The postponed ROUX Weekend in Leamington Spa will now be taking place on 27 – 28 March in 2021
Further details will be available in due course.
OG, HPB and Benign Upper GI Disease
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 (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Get the App
The AUGIS Community App is available for members and allows information, guidelines and more to be delivered direct to your phone or mobile device.
To find out more and get details on how to access the app contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest News and Events
AUGIS Upper GI Benign, OG Cancer and HPB Cancer Forums for members:
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
If you would like to become a member of AUGIS please click here
The membership subscription year has now moved to 1 June to 31 May to run in line with our financial year. If you join later on in the membership year, your pro-rata subscription payment will cover the period until the end of May 2021.
Currently under the AUGIS umbrella we have the GBIHPBA, BBUGSS, and the Roux Group (for Trainee Members only). AUGIS Membership allows access to updates and information from AUGIS and these other associations, along with membership registration rates for all our meetings.
If Bariatric Surgery is also your specialty, you can join as an AUGIS/BOMSS member which allows you access to information and meeting membership rates to the above associations, including BOMSS.
The AUGIS Community App also provides members with up to date information and notifications, all accessible via your smartphone or electronic device.