The aim of this methodological report was to assess the validity of information on post-operative destination for colorectal cancer patients undergoing emergency surgery across three routinely collected datasets.
This report includes patients diagnosed with bowel cancer in England and Wales between 01 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, and patients diagnosed between 01 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 who underwent a major resection after 31 March 2020.
The majority of the results in this report are for patients diagnosed 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. A separate section on the impact of COVID-19 covers patients diagnosed 1 March 2020 to 31 March 2021.
With Covid-19 continuing to impact services it’s difficult to be certain what the situation will be next year. We will continue to respond to national guidance from our commissioners and we will keep you
informed of any changes.