July 2020

Dear friends and colleagues,

As we are entering the recovery phase of this unprecedented crisis, more elective services are beginning to reopen pending the local capacity. DBS for new patients should also follow this route, of course after full consent to include the added risks of COVID-19 and inline with public health guidelines for COVID-19 related precautions.

Thank you

March 2020

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

Just a short message on behalf of the BSSFN executive committee to wish you all the best during these exceptionally hard times.

 

As you know the current NHS directive for postponement of elective surgery directly affects our sub-specialty given that the vast majority of our work falls in this category. Thus, surgery for movement disorder, epilepsy and pain is essentially currently on hold. Patients requiring a battery change, however, represent an exceptional category given that sudden expiration of the battery not only risks clinical deterioration of the patient but also strains the NHS resources by prolonging the hospital stay or even necessitating ITU admissions. The view of the committee therefore is that surgery to replace batteries should go ahead based on your clinical judgement. At this time the use of day case units might help getting these patients through the system when inpatient capacity is likely to be limited. Technologies such as Plasma Blade, where recommended by the manufacturers, will speed up the operation and reduce the theatre time and might worth thinking about.

 

Please be safe and we look forward to seeing you in the next BSSFN meeting once we can resume normal life again.

Thank you 

Copyright 2018 British Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

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