UK: PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Commemorating the victims of Dr James Marion Sims

Anarcha Westcott was a teenager who had just given birth for the first time when she was forcibly separated from her baby and subjected to experimental gynaecological surgery without any anaesthetic. Dr James Marion Sims was the doctor who led the team that put Westcott and other unconsenting, enslaved Black women through trauma in order to develop the speculum and a range of gynaecological techniques such as surgery for fistula. Today, he is known as … Continued

UNITED KINGDOM – Reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic through the eyes of a digital SRH service

Restrictions imposed by COVID-19 on clinic-based sexual health and reproductive health services have accelerated the scaling up of digital and remote care options to maintain access to vital services during this period. SH:24, a digital sexual and reproductive health service commissioned across several areas of the UK, has been at the forefront of this digital expansion. In this report, its Managing Director, Dr Gillian Holdsworth and colleague Dr Ahimza Thirunavukarasu share their experience of scaling up at speed, managing additional demand and bringing forward new service areas:

UK – COVID-19 screening of healthcare workers in a London maternity hospital

There have been increasing calls for universal screening of health-care workers for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). We have been screening health-care workers at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children (London, UK) since March 17, 2020. By April 16, 2020, we had tested nasopharyngeal swabs taken from 266 staff members (>50% of the workforce) using SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR, and 47 (18%) were found to be positive. Of these positive cases, 31 (66%) were symptomatic and 16 (34%) were asymptomatic (figure). Overall, 28 (48%) staff members remained positive at 7 days after the initial test was taken, 16 (34%) at 10 days, and four (9%) at 14 days, with one health-care worker remaining positive until 26 days. Of 25 symptomatic staff members who initially tested negative and were retested, only one (4%) became positive after 7 days. Potential factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 positivity are summarised in the figure.

TWO DOCTORS’ TELEMEDICINE STORIES: UK and USA

Gynaecology by phone: Interview with Dr Melanie Davies, Consultant Gynaecologist, University College London Hospital, London UK Melanie Davies works at UCLH, one of the hospitals at the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in London. In the past two months, her working life has changed dramatically. After 40 years of hands-on work in the delivery suite, operating theatres and clinics, she’s now based at home and considered to be in a vulnerable group due to her … Continued

VIDEO – You Clap for Me Now: the coronavirus poem on racism and immigration in Britain

This video is a two-minute poem highlighting the crucial role immigrant workers in the UK – from senior health professionals to farm workers and delivery men – are playing in the Covid-19 outbreak.Put it on the front page of newspapers. Send it to the Donald Trumps, Boris Johnsons, Mohendra Modis, Benjamin Netanyahus, Viktor Orbans and Jair Bolsonaros of this world. Send it to everyone who thinks migrants should be left in boats to drown, that some … Continued

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