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The impact on complication rates of delayed routine pessary reviews during the covid-19 pandemic: a retrospective comparative cohort study.
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  • Esther McNeill,
  • James Lucocq,
  • Kirsty Brown,
  • Vanessa Kay
Esther McNeill
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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James Lucocq
NHS Fife
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Kirsty Brown
NHS Tayside
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Vanessa Kay
NHS Tayside
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The objective of this study was to identify if delayed routine pessary reviews during the covid-19 pandemic (as per the guidance from Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and British Society of Urogynaecology) led to an increase in complication rates. A retrospective comparative cohort study was conducted in NHS Tayside, Scotland involving 300 patients (150 pre-pandemic and 150 during the covid-19 pandemic). Their notes were reviewed to identify age, care provider, pessary type, length of pessary usage, review date, timeframe from previous review, bleeding/infection/ulceration, removal issues, pessary replacement and outcome. Exclusion criteria was applied: Patients with no pessary insitu at review, reviews at 8 months (pre-pandemic) and reviews at