National guidance for the safe resumption of endoscopy services

Guidance for safe endoscopy unit operations in pandemic conditions. v1.0 04062020


This is the second national guidance document from the HSE Acute Operations Endoscopy Programme as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been developed with input from Dr Vida

 Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Acute Hospitals, colleagues from the HSE Acute Operations Scheduled Care team and representatives from the Health Protection

 Surveillance Centre, in particular the Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control team. Expert input was kindly given by members of the National Endoscopy Working Group and the

 Endoscopy Programme team are grateful for their contribution. The document was approved for publication by the office of the Chief Clinical Officer.

The first guidance document was issued to assist units in maintaining access to emergency endoscopy service during the peak phase of the pandemic (mid-March to Mid-May 2020).

This guidance is applicable for endoscopy procedures taking place in public hospitals. It is also applicable to endoscopy procedures undertaken in private facilities under the terms of agreement

 in relation to the provision of public health services in private hospitals as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.