George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust wants to reassure patients that there are robust plans in place to ensure a safe level of cover during the proposed 48 hour strike action planned this week.
George Eliot Hospital’s Director of Operations, John Thompson said: “Following the British Medical Association ballot mandate to support the national Junior Doctor’s campaign in relation to strike action, we will again be operating an emergency-only service between 08.00hrs on 9th March until 08.00 on 11th March.
“Capacity has been reduced over the next 48 hours as a result of the industrial action with 120 fewer appointments available and 11 fewer operations able to be performed. However, with extensive prior planning the Trust has been able to reduce to an absolute minimum the number of patients who have had their appointment or operation cancelled. Currently, 10 patients have had their appointments cancelled. We will do all we can to ensure appointments are rebooked as a matter of priority”
“We had robust plans in place for the earlier strike action in January/February which were implemented successfully and allowed us to maintain safe services for patients during this time. We will again deploy senior and consultant medical staff to cover the duties normally undertaken by junior doctors.
“We would strongly encourage patients, where possible, to avoid attending A&E by using alternatives such as NHS 111, their GP, Out of Hours GP Services and the Walk In Centre at Camphill.”
For patients who have any queries regarding an outpatient appointment during the strike please contact 024 7686 5538.
George Eliot Hospital is asking people to think before they go to A&E or call 999 during the strike period. These services need to be free to deal with real emergencies and should only be used in genuine emergency situations. Anyone who takes regular medicines should also remember to order repeat prescriptions from their GP.
The kind of serious accidents and emergencies that should been treated at A&E include unconsciousness, heavy blood loss, suspected heart attacks and strokes, and broken bones. Those with a cold or flu or symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, should visit their pharmacist, who will be able to advise and offer appropriate medication.
A range of other health services are available including the NHS 111 telephone line, GP services and pharmacies. If you’re not sure what the appropriate service is, call NHS 111 and speak to someone who can provide advice on the best course of action.
Walk in services are also available in the local area including the Camphill GP led Health Centre, Ramsden Avenue, Camphill, Nuneaton, CV10 9EB, Open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
Further 48 hour action is planned for Wednesday 6 April at 8am to 8am on Friday 8 April and again on Tuesday 26 April at 8am to 8am on Thursday 28 April