The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted healthcare services across the world with only essential care being continued. For paediatric and adult patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), this resulted in significant changes to accessing health services. In some services, IBD advice lines were stopped, specialist nurses and medical staff were redeployed to support acute admissions, outpatient clinics were deferred, and home care services were under threat. In addition, there was a reluctance from patients to come to hospital or contact their services due to concerns over their personal safety.


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Din, S., Gaya, D., Kammermeier, J., Lamb, Christopher A., MacDonald, J., Moran, G., Parkes, G., Pollok, R., Sebastian, S., Segal, J., Selinger, C., Smith, P., Steed, H. & Arnott, I. 2021, 'Inflammatory bowel disease clinical service recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic', Frontline Gastroenterology, 13(1), pp. 77-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/flgastro-2021-101805

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