Strike action taking place

8 March 2023

From 7am Monday 13 March – 6.59am Thursday 16 March there is strike action taking place by junior doctors at most NHS Trusts. This will have a significant impact on NHS services and we ask the public to be aware of how to ensure they get the help they need during this time.

  • Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.
  • There are likely to be a high number of hospital appointments cancelled. If your hospital has not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.
  • GP services may be busier than usual.  Consider using your GP surgeries online consultation form if you have internet access.This will allow the surgery to find the right place for your needs and frees up the phone lines for those unable to go online.
  • The NHS is asking patients to use services wisely during industrial action and take simple steps to help ensure care is available to patients who need it most. This includes using 111 online as the first port of call for health needs and continuing to only use 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

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