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 48 hour strike action planned this week.
George Eliot Hospital’s Director of Operations, John Thompson said: “We will again be operating an emergency-only service between 8am on Wednesday 6th April until 8am on Friday 8th April (48 hours).
“Capacity has been reduced during this 48 hour period as a result of the planned industrial action with 230 fewer outpatient appointments available and 23 operations having to be cancelled. Currently, 69 patients have had their outpatient 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 between January and March 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.”
Further action is planned between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th April.
We are already planning how this will be managed to minimise the number of patients who may need to have an appointment or operation cancelled.