The NHS in the North East and North Cumbria is deeply
saddened that Her Majesty the Queen has passed away. We will
join with our staff, patients and communities in mourning for the
Queen's funeral on Monday while working hard to ensure that as many
NHS services as possible can continue.
Dr Neil O'Brien, Medical Director for NHS North East and
North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) said: "Monday will be a
difficult and emotional day for many of us as we pay our respects
to Her Majesty, and the NHS will be there to support people who
need our care.
"The Queen's funeral on Monday 19 September will be a
national bank holiday, and our NHS organisations are working hard
to maintain as many services as possible to minimise any impact on
patients, and prioritising cancer and urgent activity."
Many NHS services will continue, including Covid-19 and
flu vaccine clinics and most hospital appointments. If you have an
appointment booked for Monday, please attend unless you have been
notified otherwise. Patient transport services will still be
available where needed.
While most GP practices will be closed on Monday, urgent
healthcare will still be available through www.111.nhs.uk or
through normal out-of-hours primary care services.
Patients are reminded to check their supplies of any
prescription medications to ensure that they do not run out. If you
do run out, please check www.nhs.uk to find a
pharmacy which is open on the day.
"We are here for you if you need us, but emergency care
services are already very busy," added Dr O'Brien. "If you need
healthcare, please use 111 online services or your practice's out
of hours service first, and help us keep A&E for people who
need it most.
"Monday will be a difficult day for many people, but
especially so if you have recently been bereaved. You can find
details of helplines, mental health or bereavement support services
at www.nhs.uk, www.signpostnenc.co.uk
or from local NHS websites.
"Staff and patients in our region's hospitals are invited
to observe the national moment of reflection in their own way,
whether that be on a ward or in their home or
Healthcare on Monday's bank
'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