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COVID-19 and access to labour epidural analgesia in UK hospitals.

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      Even before coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) had a significant impact on public health in the UK, there were media reports that access to epidural analgesia for women during labour was being restricted in some National Health Service (NHS) hospitals [1]. Six (3%) reported a restriction in access to labour epidural analgesia; three stated it was due to anaesthetist availability; two stated that it was due to personal protective equipment availability; one stated it was due to delivery unit management; and one attributed it to equipment/drug availability issues. The other 10 (5%) participants either did not know or did not have a labour epidural analgesia service in their hospital. [Extracted from the article]
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