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Local NHS plans for junior doctor strike action

Local NHS organisations are working together to minimise disruption to services during Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s planned industrial action by junior doctors. The next strikes will include a withdrawal of cover in A&E departments, essential care will be provided by senior staff.

The industrial action is planned to take place from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday 26 April and 8am to 5pm on Wednesday 27 April.

Letters have been sent to patients whose hospital appointments or surgery might be cancelled should the strike go ahead. If the strike does not go ahead patients are asked to attend their appointment or surgery as planned. For the latest updates visit the Nottingham University Hospitals website at www.nuh.nhs.uk.

GP appointments are not affected.

To help ease pressure on health services local people are being asked to only use emergency hospital services when they really need them and are being reminded that there are a number of alternative NHS services available:

  • NHS Choices - Health advice, including a symptom checker, is available online at www.nhs.uk. Answer questions about your symptoms to get advice on the most appropriate health service to contact.
  • Pharmacy - If you need advice for minor health problems you can speak to your pharmacist for on-the-spot advice and remedies for a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds. Details of Nottingham City pharmacies opening times can be found online at www.nhs.uk/Service-Search
  • GP surgery - Make an appointment with your practice nurse or GP to discuss illness and minor injury or on-going health concerns. Many practices in the City now offer late night, weekend and urgent appointments.
  • NHS 111 - If you need help fast but don’t think it’s a 999 emergency, you can call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones. It can signpost you to a range of local health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists. The 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse during evenings and weekends if needed.
  • Urgent Care Centre - If you have an urgent health problem you can go to the NHS Urgent Care Centre on London Road (next to the BBC building). The Urgent Care Centre has x-ray facilities and is open every day from 7am to 9pm - you don’t need an appointment.

Published: 26 April 2016