Junior doctor and consultant strikes to impact Worcestershire NHS services - The Evesham Observer

Junior doctor and consultant strikes to impact Worcestershire NHS services

Evesham Editorial 19th Sep, 2023   0

HEALTH chiefs have warned the NHS across Worcestershire will be ‘significantly impacted’ throughout the strike action this week with consultants and junior doctor strikes scheduled until Saturday (September 23)

Healthcare leaders across the two counties are asking local people to think carefully about the services they use during the period and to be proactive to avoid preventable illness to ensure emergency services are there for those who need them.

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Will Taylor said: “We are working closely with our partners to make sure patients can access the care they need, in a safe environment, during industrial action.”

Dr Jules Walton, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “With strikes taking place, we are expecting services to be under increased pressure. Our Emergency Department team will be working exceptionally hard prioritising patients with life or limb threatening injury and illness to provide lifesaving care for those patients in the greatest need. Patients whose condition is less serious may therefore face longer waits than may normally be experienced.

“If your condition is less serious you can call 111 or visit 111 online, which is a free NHS Service. They can quickly direct you to the right health service, including out of hours GP appointments. Pharmacists can also help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries.

“Local people can play their part to help reduce pressures on services by only using 999 and A&E for genuine life-threatening emergencies and using NHS 111 online or by phone for other care needs or if you’re unsure about whether you should go to hospital.”

During strike action the NHS will prioritise resources to protect emergency treatment, critical care, neonatal care, and trauma, and ensure we prioritise patients who have waited the longest for elective care and cancer surgery.

Appointments will only be cancelled where it is necessary and will be rescheduled immediately, where possible. If you have an appointment, please attend unless you are contacted.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year online at 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 for any urgent but not life-threatening medical needs.

Trained advisers can direct people to the best possible care for their needs, including arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment or an appointment time to attend A&E or a Minor Injury Unit.

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