Suspected Appendicitis Pathway: Best Practice Recommendations

Members of the SW Surgery in Children Operational Delivery Network General Surgery & Urology Working Group worked together in 2021 to agree best practice recommendations for suspected appendicitis in children. The group worked collaboratively to share existing pathways and agree best practice for children who are being considered for appendicectomy procedures in organisations across the South West. The group agreed to focus on this pathway following the publication of the Paediatric General Surgery and Urology GIRFT Report in February 2021, which made recommendations on the treatment of appendicitis in children based on concern at variation in practice and a nationally high negative appendicectomy rate.

The network core team worked with members to facilitate discussions and collate agreed best practice which was published in 2022. A pathway audit was then carried out, and the team now continue to support regional providers with the delivery of these recommendations.

A national Best Practice Pathway for Paediatric Acute Abdominal Pain and Appendicectomy was published by the GIRFT team was published in 2022, which the ODN pathway also aligns to.

Photo taken at Musgrove Park, Taunton