The last couple of years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 have been particularly challenging for elective gynaecology services.
Already stretched services for outpatient referrals, investigations and operative gynaecology waiting lists across the four nations in the UK have been further impacted by COVID-19.
Throughout the pandemic, in O&G, there has been a focus on delivering safe maternity services, ensuring continued access to diagnostic and treatment of gynaecological cancers, management of early pregnancy failures (miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies) and acute gynaecological emergencies. Staffing levels in gynaecology were affected in the first wave due to redeployment and to a lesser extent during the second wave. This has also had a significant impact on gynaecology training opportunities available to the obstetrics and gynaecology trainees beyond the already existing challenges faced by trainees and trainers. The lack of adequate operating time to maintain gynaecological operating skills over the last couple of years has been a concern for consultants.
The impact of these challenges on clinicians and women who use these services has been explored by the RCOG in a landmark report which will publish at the end of this month. The report, Left for too long: understanding the scale and impact of gynaecology waiting lists, will highlight the extent of the current problems for service and training and the extent of geographical variations across the four nations in the UK.
This RCOG webinar aims to share the experiences and discuss the challenges faced by the gynaecology service providers, clinicians and women during the pandemic and to explore options and potential solutions for post-pandemic recovery of gynaecology services and training opportunities. Key recommendations to ensure the effective recovery of elective gynaecology services will be discussed.
RCOG officers, members, trainees, women affected and representatives from women’s voices groups will share their experiences during the pandemic and how they are planning to implement the strategies for recovery of gynaecology services and training. There will be opportunity for interaction with the panel members during the live Q&A session.
Who should view?
- Obstetricians and Gynaecology consultants
- Women and their families
- General practitioners
- SAS Doctors