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COVID-19 Update on elective and non-urgent surgeries

19 March, 2020. In line with national efforts towards combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we recently shared interim guidelines for more efficient utilisation of healthcare resources and to facilitate increased healthcare access. These guidelines included instructions to postpone all elective and non-urgent surgeries in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) until Tuesday, 31 March as per Dubai Health Authority (DHA) circular (dated 15 March, 2020). 

In coordination with DHA, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, the governing body the free zone, would like to clarify that certain types of elective surgeries are still allowed during this stipulated period. Please refer to the below guidelines and examples of permitted elective surgeries. 


  • Treating physician should practice due diligence.
  • Any elective surgeries not listed below, may be permitted only as per medical urgency and/or emergency, and at the sole discretion and assessment of the treating physician and clinical situation of the patient. 


Permitted elective surgeries and procedures

  • Oncology cases and suspected malignancy diagnostic procedures for all specialties.
  • Neurosurgery procedures.
  • Orthopaedic procedures including fractures and correction procedures.
  • Cardiology procedures.
  • Interventional radiology procedures.
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology: IVF, elective caesarean section, dilation and curettage (D&C), endometrial ablation, and colporrhaphy.
  • Urology: Ureteroscopy intervention for stone fragmentation, internal urethrotomy, cystoscopy, removal of stent and catheterisation.
  • General Surgery: Drainage of abscesses, colorectal procedures, wound debridement procedures.
  • Ophthalmology: Chalazion and cyst removal, glaucoma, and retinal procedures.
  • Paediatric and neonatology procedures.


For any other elective surgeries not covered above, clinical partners require written approval from Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR).

For queries and to request for approvals, email


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