George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust has put plans in place to ensure a safe level of cover during the proposed 48 hour strike action planned for 26 and 27 April.
George Eliot Hospital’s Deputy Director of Operations, Tina Robinson said: “Our priority is the care and safety of our patients. Despite the industrial action, we will be providing full emergency cover during the 48 hour period. As before, we will deploy senior and consultant medical staff to cover the duties normally undertaken by junior doctors.
“However, our outpatient and operating capacity has been reduced during this 48 hour period as a result of the planned industrial action.
“We 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.”
The industrial action has had the following impact::
242 outpatient appointment slots have been lost with 129 patients having their appointments cancelled. These will be re-booked as a matter of priority.
80 operation slots have been lost. No patients have had operations cancelled.