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Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) National Report for Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine recommends increasing the use of day surgery

'Day surgery as the default' is important key to tackling COVID-19 surgical backlog says GIRFT report Back

C Snowden M Swart

Increasing the use of day surgery - fostering a culture where it is seen as the first choice for suitable patients - is a major solution to tackling the surgical backlog that has built up as a result of COVID-19.

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme National Report for Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine outlines measures which can help the NHS in England recover services while remaining ready to cope with any future surges.

The report has been written by GIRFT clinical leads Dr Chris Snowden (Consultant Anaesthetist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Dr Mike Swart (Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust).

Read highlights of the report here.

The full report can be accessed via the FutureNHS platform.

(You will need to register to gain access but the process is usually quick. Registration is open to everyone working in the NHS and GIRFT stakeholders.)