• Microsurgical training pre-and post-COVID 19: Is there a re-learning curve and lessons for lockdown three

    19 days ago - By Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

    The breast unit at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead covers a population of 4.6 million in the South East of England and is one of the busiest in the UK, with 294 breast free flaps performed in 2018.1 As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown QVH became a designated cancer-hub, providing theatre facilities to eight other NHS Trusts in the South East to undertake urgent priority level I and II procedures.2 In line with national guidance microvascular breast reconstruction procedures were suspended in mid-March 2020 and not resumed until mid-August 2020, a gap of five months.
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