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Creating a ‘safe haven’ for the most vulnerable; early reports of management strategies for breast cancer patients in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic times

  • Miguel Johnson
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    Department of Plastic Reconstruction & Aesthetic Surgery, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust, Holyte Road, England, UK

    Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University Hospital of the West Indies, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica
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  • Tania Cubison
    Affiliations
    Department of Plastic Reconstruction & Aesthetic Surgery, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust, Holyte Road, England, UK
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  • Riccardo Bonomi
    Affiliations
    Division of Breast Surgery, Worthing Hospital, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lyndhurst Rd, Worthing BN11 2DH, UK
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Published:September 19, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2020.08.144
      The pandemic infection due to the new COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) has led to drastic changes in the delivery of standard of healthcare in the UK and worldwide. The unprecedented nature of this virus has led to development of new pathways and new ways of delivering care. The UK government guidelines stipulate protection of those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and suggest that these vulnerable groups follow strict social distancing guidelines to mitigate the risk of acquiring the infection.
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