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Guidelines issued urge clinicians to check pregnancy before surgery

28 April 2010


New guidance produced by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and NHS organisations across England and Wales, has been released aimed at ensuring women who say it may be possible that they are pregnant, are tested before undergoing surgery.


The Rapid Response Report (RRR), ‘Checking pregnancy before surgery’, has been issued to all departments that carry out surgical procedures.


NHS organisations are required to have implemented this guidance by 28 October 2010.




Note to editors:


Supporting information for this RRR is available on the NPSA website.


1. Media enquiries to the NPSA Press Office:


Simon Morgan – 020 7927 9580 / simon.morgan@npsa.nhs.uk

Dominic Stevenson – 020 7927 9351 / dominic.stevenson@npsa.nhs.uk


Out of hours – 0788 411 5956


2. The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health. It encompasses three divisions; the National Research Ethics Service, the National Reporting and Learning Service and the National Clinical Assessment Service. The NPSA’s vision is to lead and contribute to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing healthcare individuals and organisations. For more information visit: www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk.