Table 2

Centre survey

Data criteriaOptions
Centre details
1(a)Does your unit care for?
  • Adults only

  • Children only

  • Adults and children

2Does your hospital have an on-site gynaecology service?
  • Yes

  • No

3Does your centre have ‘review clinic’ slots for patients to return for further assessment/imaging the following day if a diagnosis is unclear?
  • Yes—with ultrasound and clinical review

  • Yes—clinical review only

  • No

4(a)How many consultants will be ‘on call’ during the 2-week study period?Number =
4(b)How many consultant general surgeons work at your centre?Number =
4(c)Is there a dedicated registrar based on the surgical assessment unit to review patients?
  • Yes—24/7

  • Yes—during the day

  • No—one registrar splits time between theatre and the surgical assessmment unit

5At weekends, is ultrasound available?
  • Yes

  • No

6(a)At weekends, is CT available?
  • Equivalent to weekday service

  • Reduced service but available for urgent surgical requests

  • Not available

6(b)At night, is CT available?
  • Equivalent to weekday service

  • Reduced service but available for urgent surgical requests

  • Not available

Does your centre have an agreed policy for:
7When to use appendicitis risk stratification scores?
  • Yes—use of score recommended

  • Yes—use of score discouraged

  • No policy in place

8Which patients should have a CT scan prior to appendicectomy? (eg, diagnosis unclear, age>50)
  • Yes—please detail

  • No policy in place

9Whether some patients with appendicitis may be managed non-operatively?
  • Yes—conservative management recommended for some patients; please detail

  • Yes—policy discourages conservative management

  • No policy in place

10Whether laparoscopic or open appendicectomy should be routinely performed?
  • Yes—open surgery recommended

  • Yes—laparoscopic surgery recommended

  • No policy in place

11Whether a macroscopically normal looking appendix should be removed or left in situ?
  • Yes—removal recommended

  • Yes—recommend it be left in situ

  • No—no policy in place