Author Correction: Management of patients at the hepatopancreatobiliary unit of a London teaching hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic

Scientific Reports(2023)

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To mitigate COVID-19-related shortage of treatment capacity, the hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) unit of the Royal Free Hospital London (RFHL) transferred its practice to independent hospitals in Central London through the North Central London Cancer Alliance. The aim of this study was to critically assess this strategy and evaluate perioperative outcomes. Prospectively collected data were reviewed on all patients who were treated under the RFHL HPB unit in six hospitals between November 2020 and October 2021. A total of 1541 patients were included, as follows: 1246 (81%) at the RFHL, 41 (3%) at the Chase Farm Hospital, 23 (2%) at the Whittington Hospital, 207 (13%) at the Princess Grace Hospital, 12 (1%) at the Wellington Hospital and 12 (1%) at the Lister Hospital, Chelsea. Across all institutions, overall complication rate were 40%, major complication (Clavien-Dindo grade ≥ 3a) rate were 11% and mortality rates were 1.4%, respectively. In COVID-19-positive patients (n = 28), compared with negative patients, complication rate and mortality rates were increased tenfold. Outsourcing HPB patients, including their specialist care, to surrounding institutions was safe and ensured ongoing treatment with comparable outcomes among the institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the lack of direct comparison with a non-pandemic cohort, these results can strictly only be applied within a pandemic setting.
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