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This guidance has been produced on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Chief Medical Officer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation and so has not followed the standard process used by SIGN to develop guidelines. The recommendations are based on expert opinion, with rapid expert peer review as assurance.


Dr Christina Beecroft, Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS Tayside
Dr Alistair Campbell, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Professor Michael Griffin, President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Dr Rosie Hague, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
Dr Roberta James, Programme Lead, SIGN
Mr James Mander, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Mr Fraser Munro, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
Professor Steve Turner, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital
Dr Caroline Whitworth, Medical Director (Acute), NHS Lothian

Peer review

The document was reviewed by the following:

Mr Alan Grant, Consultant General Surgeon, Clinical Director for Surgery, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Ms Helen Lindsay, Clinical Adviser, Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC) Collaborative, Medicines and Pharmacy Team, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Ms Caroline Rapu, Programme Manager (Quality Assurance of Resources), Royal College of Nursing and representative on SIGN Council
Dr Simon Watson, Medical Director, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Linda Patterson, Chief Nursing Officer Directorate, The Scottish Government
Scottish Clinical Virology Consultants
Clinical Guidance Cell

Editorial review

As a final quality check, the guideline was reviewed by an editorial group, as follows:

Professor Tom Evans, Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, University of Glasgow and Consultant Infectious Disease Physician, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Dr Safia Qureshi, Director of Evidence, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Dr Karen Ritchie, Head of Knowledge and Information, Healthcare Improvement Scotland