The ACPGBI have recently released recommendations for re‐starting elective colorectal surgery to address the concerns that significant numbers of patients have been deferred during this pandemic worldwide (1). It is a credit to the specialty that most units have managed to continue with urgent cancer surgery through the pandemic, with leading units undertaking 4 to 5 urgent cases per week . Despite this there is now a need to accommodate other patient groups who need colorectal surgery such as those with inflammatory bowel disease and others with benign colorectal conditions who have been placed on hold.
McCarthy, K., Myint, P. K., Moug, S., Pearce, L., Braude, P., Vilches-Moraga, A., Hewitt, J., Carter, B., & OPSOC group (2020). Letter to Colorectal Disease: Resumption of elective colorectal surgery during COVID-19 and risk of death. Colorectal Disease. https://doi.org/10.1111/codi.15282