We are closely following advice and guidance that is being issued by the UK Government.
Some imminent BAOS events may be subject to postponement. The Teaching and Learning course planned for 18th March is to be postponed. Other events in the near future are also expected to be postponed.
It is vital that all BAOS Members remain up to date with this information and follow all of the guidance available at gov.uk/Coronavirus
All BAOS Members have a role to play in stopping the spread of Coronovirusand we are grateful for the continued vigilance and consideration of each other being shown.
Joint COVID-19 statement from the four surgical Royal Colleges
In response to the challenge of COVID-19, the four surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland have created a joint policy statement to provide guidance to surgeons and surgical trainees.
From Monday 16 March, conferences, educational and training courses, assessment panels, accreditation visits and examinations that require travel will be postponed. Where possible, these activities will continue if they can be delivered by video call or webinar. These arrangements will remain in place until at least the end of the summer in the first instance.
The aim is to ensure that surgeons and trainees are available to help health services cope with COVID-19. A second aim is to minimise any risk, however small, of transmitting the virus to other groups of surgeons and/or surgical trainees. Our priority is to look after our members and fellows, so they can protect patients.
For more information, read the full statement and our list of FAQs for RCS courses and exams. We will continue to add to these as more questions come in.