BAAPS president Mary O’Brien has released the following statement:

We are in a global pandemic at a point where the numbers of infections and deaths are rising in the U.K. A National Lockdown has now been introduced by the UK Government.

The Government has produced extensive advice, with some differences between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

In England with regard to medical care, the Government rules state people can leave their homes for a COVID test, medical appointment or emergency. Medical services are permitted to remain open and there is provision for medical services to carry out non-urgent services safely.

At the same time, “non -essential” businesses have been asked to close, to limit interactions between people and the potential spread of the virus.

Plastic Surgery covers a broad range of surgery and procedures. Some of these procedures include providing emergency care, cancer care and trauma services. Many members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons will be engaged in supporting the National effort within the NHS in this way and some are also contributing to the vaccination roll out programme. Others may be providing care for a variety of patients, including postoperative patients who have undergone surgery in the past and also from abroad, that need intervention following complications. 

Where a need exists and surgery can safely be provided without impacting on the National effort or NHS resources, is within the latest Government rules and is in the patient’s best interests at this point in time, we would support continuity of provision of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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