Planned industrial action by junior doctors
As you may be aware, the BMA has announced plans for junior doctors to take industrial action on from 8am on Wednesday 6 April to 8am on Friday 8 April
The NHS across London has tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action.
Patients and the wider public can also help us to ensure that the NHS continues to operate as effectively as possible during this busy period.
Patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures on the NHS over this period, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some elective operations may need to be postponed or rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.
Patients who have existing appointments with doctors and/or elective operations scheduled during the course of the industrial action are encouraged to contact their service provider as soon as possible to confirm the appointment or re-arrange if absolutely necessary.
People are also reminded of the other healthcare options available instead of calling 999 – such as visiting their pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using NHS Choices, at www.nhs.uk
More information is available on local trust websites
St George's University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Advice to patients
The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected by the industrial action planned during April 2016, but some services will need to change.
The following explains how you can access NHS services on this day. It is especially important if you have a long-term health condition or you look after people in vulnerable groups – such as the elderly and young children – that you know what to do on the day of the industrial action.
Planned operations/procedures and outpatients appointments
If you have a planned operation/procedure or outpatient appointment on the day when the industrial action is taking place, your hospital will contact you if it needs to be rearranged. If you have not been contacted by the hospital you should first check the hospital website for additional advice.
Your GP practice will be open and working as normal on the day of the industrial action. Given that GPs may experience greater demand than normal on this day, we strongly recommend that you contact them early if you need advice or an appointment.
Accident and Emergency departments will be open for patients with serious and life threatening conditions. As is always the case to ensure that hospitals can treat those who most need it, only those patients with serious and life threatening conditions should visit their A&E.
Other medical needs
If you become ill on this day with a non-urgent condition and need advice, please visit www.nhs.uk, or go to your local pharmacist. If you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency call 111, or contact your GP.
If you have regular medication please make sure you have collected your prescription from your GP and have been to the pharmacist to collect it, and have it to hand.