Further strike dates have been announced with Junior Doctors planning to take action from 7am on Wednesday 14 June to 7am on Saturday 17 June 2023.
As with previous strikes plans are being put in place to keep disruption to a minimum.
Should we need to postpone appointments or procedures we will contact patients directly – if you do not hear from us please attend for you appointment as usual.
Help us to help you during this period of industrial action by keeping our emergency departments for those who really need them; anyone considering going to A&E over the three strike days to consider alternative options for minor injuries and ailments, such as making a GP appointment or visiting a pharmacist.
Hospital A&Es are meant for the management of serious issues that pose a threat to life or limb. This includes an individual that:
- Is unconscious
- Has severe chest pain
- Has a fever and is persistently lethargic despite having paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Has a head injury and vomiting
- Has heavy blood loss
- Is having difficulty breathing (breathing fast, panting or are very wheezy)
- Has severe abdominal pain
- Has a cut that won’t stop bleeding or is gaping open
- Has a leg or arm injury and can’t use the limb
- Has swallowed poison or tablets
- Has an object lodged in nose or ear.
Alternatives to A&E include:
- A well-stocked first aid and medicine cabinet can deal with grazes, sore throats, runny noses and other minor ailments
- People unsure who require medical attention but are not sure where to turn to for help should contact NHS 111 which is available at all times throughout the day and night. Calls to 111 are free from all phones
- If someone has an upset stomach, head lice, painful cough or headache then a trip to the local pharmacist or chemist could help as they provide confidential, expert advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints
- GPs are the first point of contact for an illness or injury that is getting worse or won’t go away, such as a persistent cough, ear pain or backache
- Urgent Treatment Centres can help with minor injuries like minor cuts, sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds.