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Guidelines

The RCOG produces guidelines as an aid to good clinical practice. Our guidelines present recognised methods and techniques for clinical practice, based on published evidence, for consideration by obstetricians/gynaecologists and other relevant health professionals. Find out more about the different types of guideline we publish.

All guidelines on this website are current and remain so until replaced. Find out how to access previous versions of guidelines.

You can browse all of our guidelines below, or search for guidelines by type, by subject or by keyword.

We also publish a range of patient information leaflets.

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Abdominal Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions (Consent Advice No. 4)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of women undergoing abdominal hysterectomy under general anaesthesia.
Published 20/05/2009
Diarrhoea and vomiting in children (NICE clinical guideline 84)
This guideline covers diagnosis, assessment of dehydration, fluid management, nutritional management and the role of antibiotics and other therapies.
Published 01/04/2009
Responsibility of Consultant On-call (Good Practice No. 8)
This Good Practice Paper has been archived and replaced by the workforce report "Roles and Responsibilities of a Consultant".
Published 17/03/2009
Presenting Information on Risk (Clinical Governance Advice No. 7)
This document provides advice on how to communicate risk to patients.
Published 22/12/2008
Diagnostic Hysteroscopy Under General Anaesthesia (Consent Advice No. 1)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of women undergoing diagnostic hysteroscopy under general anaesthesia.
Published 01/12/2008
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Green-top Guideline No. 32)
This guideline has been archived. Please see the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) UK National Guideline for the Management of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Published 17/11/2008
Prevention and treatment of surgical site infection (NICE clinical guideline 74)
The guideline makes recommendations for prevention and management of surgical site infections based on rigorous evaluation of the best available published evidence.
Published 01/10/2008
Induction of labour (NICE clinical guideline 70)
Induced labour has an impact on the birth experience of women. It may be less efficient and is usually more painful than spontaneous labour, and epidural analgesia and assisted delivery are more likely to be required.
Published 08/07/2008
Induction of labour (NICE clinical guideline 70)
This guideline offers best practice advice on the care of women who are having or being offered induction of labour. 
Published 02/07/2008
Reproductive Trends and Assisted Reproduction Technologies (Scientific Impact Paper No. 11)
This Scientific Impact Paper has been archived.
Published 01/06/2008