A national junior doctors’ strike will be taking place on Wednesday 6 April for 48 hours, effective from 8am until 8am on Friday 8 April.
Andrew Donald, Accountable Officer of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We would like to reassure patients that the strike will not affect access to their GP and surgeries will be open, so if you have a GP appointment, please attend as usual. However, please be aware that we may be busier than normal.
“A&E care will also continue to be provided throughout the 48-hour strike period, but services may be more stretched than usual and there could be delays. I would ask patients to consider all of their options before attending A&E departments, as the alternatives could offer quicker treatment.
“The NHS both here in Staffordshire and nationally is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected, but some hospital services will need to be adapted as a result of the industrial action.
“Patients seeking urgent and emergency care will still receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures over this period, those visiting A&E and who are in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal.”
The following advice explains how you can access NHS services over this period. It is especially important if you have a long-term health condition or you look after people in vulnerable groups – such as the elderly and young children – that you know what to do during the industrial action.
Your GP practice will be open and working as normal on the days of the industrial action. Given that GPs may experience greater demand over this period, we strongly recommend that you contact them early if you need advice or to make an appointment.
Planned operations/procedures and outpatients appointments
If you have a planned operation/procedure or outpatient appointment on one of the days when industrial action is taking place, your hospital will contact you if it needs to be rearranged. If you have not been contacted by the hospital you should check their website for additional advice.
Other medical needs
If you become ill over this period with a non-urgent condition and need further advice, please visit www.nhs.uk, or go to your local pharmacist.
For more serious conditions you should continue to contact your GP as usual, or call the NHS 111 helpline.
If you have regular medication please make sure you have collected your prescription from your GP and have been to the pharmacist to collect it, and have it to hand.