Review of General Surgery


Historically general surgery was a very broad discipline but over time developments in knowledge and technology has led to surgery becoming increasingly specialised.  As new specialties such as urology and vascular emerged the generality of general surgery has diminished and today it focusses mainly on the digestive system.

The Review of General Surgery published in June 2022 was a clinically led review established to address the challenges of the current configuration of general surgery in Northern Ireland which is not meeting modern demands because of increasing surgical specialisation, new technology, capacity gaps within the current structure and an increase in demand.

It was developed by a number of Workstreams feeding into an overarching Project Board, and was co-produced with clinicians and other professionals, Managers, and service users. 

The key documents relating to the review are provided in the links below.

Workstream Reports

The workstream reports are available on the Department of Health website.

Regional General Surgery Network

The Review of General Surgery action to establish a Regional General Surgery Network has been fulfilled and this group oversees the implementation of the review.  The Terms of Reference for the Network are provided below.

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