You may be aware that junior doctors across the country have voted to take industrial action. A full withdrawal of service, including emergency care, by junior doctors is planned for Tuesday 26 April and Wednesday 27 April between 8.00am and 5.00pm.
We respect the right of our junior doctors to take part in the forthcoming period of industrial action. Our top priority, as always, is to ensure patients continue to receive safe and compassionate treatment during this period.
Following the announcement that emergency care would also be impacted, we immediately set about putting in place contingency plans with our commissioners and local partners to ensure business continuity - and the safe provision of services to our patients. Given the unique and unprecedented nature of these strikes, a number of our medical consultants and senior nursing staff will be deployed to the wards and emergency department during the industrial action. We are very fortunate to have this level of experience and expertise at our disposal to help deliver safe care to patients.
This does inevitably mean we’ve had to reschedule a number of outpatient appointments and non-emergency surgical appointments. We have already been in touch with the patients concerned, and would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
It is important to remind patients in less urgent need of care they might experience longer waiting times than normal. If patients have a minor injury or illness and they’re not sure where to go for treatment, they should call NHS111 for advice or their local GP.