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Junior doctor industrial action January 2024

Junior doctor industrial action January 2024
02 January 2024

Junior doctors will begin a further period of industrial action starting at 7am tomorrow, Wednesday 3 January, and will continue to 7am Tuesday 9 January.

Maintaining patient safety continues to be our focus. You can help us by only attending our Emergency Department or calling 999 if your condition is life threatening such as sign of a heart attack, stroke, heavy bleeding, or difficulty breathing. Please don’t wait if your condition is life or limb threatening, it is important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal.

If it isn’t an emergency, please use other services such as community pharmacies for minor ailments or medication queries, or a consultation with your GP. Online 111 is available if you need urgent help and aren’t sure where to go.

If you aren’t contacted by us to rearrange your appointment or procedure, please still attend as some services may continue. If you are concerned about your health or any changes in your condition since you last spoke with us, contact the team who have been caring for you in the way you usually would.

Our teams are working incredibly hard and they really appreciate the support they continue to receive from the public and our patients during this challenging time. Even with the extra pressure that our staff are under, please be reassured they are working hard to keep people safe. Our Emergency Care Team will continue to prioritise patients who are in need of our services for life-saving care so that will likely mean longer waits for conditions that are less critical. Please do consider all the services available to you, the NHS is always here to provide advice and care but anything you can do to plan ahead or keep yourself safe, will really help us. 

Please continue to treat all our staff with respect and thank you for your support.

Top tips for helping your local NHS Services:

  • Please contact your GP Practice as usual during their regular opening hours.
    • You need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency
    • You don't know who to call for medical help or you don't have a GP to call
    • You think you need to go to the Emergency Department or another service such as an Urgent Treatment Centre
    • You require health information or reassurance about what to do next.
    • You have an urgent mental health concern and don’t know where to turn.
  • For symptoms and advice if you have a child unwell at home, visit the Healthier Together website or download the app.
  • Stay safe and look out for vulnerable family and friends – if a friend or loved one has been discharged recently, check in if they need help with food shopping or collecting medication.
  • Keep appointments unless you are contacted by the NHS with alternative arrangements.
  • If you take regular medication, please order anything you may need as soon as possible and check for any changes in opening hours with your local pharmacy.
  • Be aware of any adverse weather conditions and only travel if necessary.

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