We read with interest the Correspondence published during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic describing the response by the Birmingham Liver Unit (Birmingham, UK). We describe the response across the UK, where seven adult and three paediatric centres do approximately 1000 liver transplantations per year (19 liver transplantations per week). National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the Liver Advisory Group, who oversee organ donation and liver transplantation, in collaboration with NHS England, coordinated that national response. When WHO declared a global pandemic with Europe as the epicentre on March 13, 2020, frequent meetings of NHSBT's clinical team were set up and a group comprising directors from every liver transplantation centre in the UK and NHS England was established to ensure timely decision making.


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Thorburn, D., Taylor, R., Whitney, J., Adair, A., Attia, M., Gibbs, P., Grammatikopoulos, T., Isaac, J., Masson, S., Marshall, A., Mirza, D., Prachalias, A., Watson, S., Manas, D. & Forsythe, J. 2021, 'Resuming liver transplantation amid the COVID-19 pandemic', Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 6(1), pp. 12-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-1253(20)30360-5

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