COVID-19 and Women’s Healthcare

COVID-19 and Women’s Healthcare

Women’s healthcare provision in the NHS facing the COVID-19 pandemic: A national survey of junior doctors

Status: Published


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to numerous countries introducing social restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ameliorate pressures on healthcare services. Variation between different countries on these social restrictions, as well as testing policies, has led to wide variation in outcomes across the globe. Since the recognition of COVID-19 in late 2019, the NHS has undergone re-organisation on an unprecedented scale to prepare for the crisis. During times of pandemics and other crises, the morbidity from poor access to healthcare rises, especially in women’s health.

We carried out a national survey of specialist trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology to understand the current NHS response to COVID-19 and to evaluate the current UK practice and levels of service provision.


We had rapid responses from 148/155 contact units, representing one of the largest UK ARCOG projects to date.


UK ARCOG have had a Rapid Repsonse published in BMJ Online on the basis of this survey. You can read it here.

The study has been published in BJOG and can be found here.