Coronavirus (COVID 19 virus) update

Coronavirus (COVID 19 virus) update

Posted on: 06-03-2020

We are sorry to announce that we have postponed all events due to take place from mid-March until the end of Summer due to the coronavirus outbreak.

These are unprecedented times, and we need to appropriately manage risk. The wellbeing of staff, delegates, faculty and invited patients is our top priority.

When appropriate, we will announce new suggested dates for all postponed events and be in touch again with delegates directly.

We will authorise a full refund for delegates who are unable to attend new event dates once announced.

In the meantime, we would prefer to keep your place on any of our postponed events on hold until we can confirm a new date, but if you would like to cancel your place regardless then please get in touch and we will action a full refund.

This is a dynamic situation and we are committed to keeping our delegates and colleagues informed.

We are monitoring the situation daily and all updates will be posted on our website and participants contacted directly. We will also review meetings on a regular basis and where possible, we will make alternative arrangements to limit the need for travel.

ORUK is not responsible for any travel or other costs that may have been incurred. Regular updates for travellers to the UK from countries and regions affected can be found on the gov.uk website.

We all need to work together to help limit the spread of the virus.  The latest Government advice asks everyone to:

  1. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water or use hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available.
  2. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  3. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

What to do if you have symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.


As more information emerges, recommendations may change and we will update our website accordingly.


Guidance to assist professionals in advising the general public can be found here and for the general public here.

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