Junior doctors working for the Trust are taking industrial action at 7am on Thursday 13 July until 7am on Tuesday 18 July.
We have been working with senior clinicians and managers at the Trust on contingency plans to maintain safe services during the junior doctors’ industrial action.
Please attend your appointment as usual unless you have been contacted to say it needs to be rearranged. Please seek the care you need during industrial action and use services wisely by going to NHS 111 online as the first port of call. Call 999 in a life-threatening emergency.
During strike action we will prioritise resources to protect emergency treatment, critical care, neonatal care and trauma, and ensure we prioritise patients who have waited the longest for elective care and cancer surgery. We will only cancel appointments and procedures where it is necessary and will reschedule immediately, where possible.
NHS national medical director Professor Sir Stephen Powis said: “We will now see industrial action on 11 out of the next 14 days so we are entering an incredibly busy, disruptive period for the NHS.
“While staff continue to work hard to provide patients with the care they need, the next strike is the longest and most disruptive yet – strikes have already impacted around 600,000 hospital appointments across the NHS, with tens of thousands more set to be affected in the coming weeks.
“Over the next two weeks, people should still seek the care they need as they usually would – calling 999 in life threatening emergencies but using NHS 111 online for other health concerns.
“Our staff are doing all they can, but we cannot continue like this – action is having a major impact for patients in need of routine care, and an increasing effect on NHS services and our hard-working staff as they try to maintain services and address a record backlog.”
Where to access local services
NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. You can contact the service online 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental health support
For local mental health support, click here.
Throughout the junior doctors industrial action and next week’s consultants strikes please continue to access your local pharmacy. Pharmacists can offer expert advice on lots of common conditions such as coughs, colds, aches, and pains. You can find your local pharmacy and opening times here.