The NHS is
working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are
affected by the industrial action planned for Tuesday 26 and
Wednesday 27 April 2016, but some services will need to change.
Alternative additional services have been put in place to meet
patient demands. Please visit www.nhs.uk/strike to search for the
extra services being provided in your local area.
explains how you can access NHS services on these days. 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 on the days of the
If you have a
planned operation/procedure or outpatient appointment one of the
days when the 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 first check the hospital
website for additional advice.
practice will be open and working as normal on the days of the
industrial action. Given that GPs may experience greater demand
than normal on these days, we strongly recommend that you contact
them early if you need advice or an appointment.
Emergency departments will be open for patients with serious and
life threatening conditions, with essential care being provided by
senior staff. As is always the case to ensure that hospitals can
treat those who most need it, only those patients with serious and
life threatening conditions should visit their A&E.
If you become
ill on this day with a non-urgent condition and need advice, please
visit www.nhs.uk, or go to your local pharmacist. If you need
medical help fast but it's not an emergency call 111, or contact
Advice to patients
during the industrial action Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital