NHS advice during the junior doctors' strike

The NHS has said it has put plans in place to deal with the disruption, due to take place between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Other doctors and NHS staff will continue to provide care but services are expected to be affected as a result of the industrial action.

Services that will be open
In the event that people do need medical help or advice on the strike days, they are strongly encouraged to use NHS choices http://www.nhs.uk/ or NHS 111 in the first instance, if possible. They can also seek advice from their local pharmacist or GP as these services will be open during the industrial action.

People who require care for serious or life-threatening emergencies should call 999 as usual or, if possible, make their own way to A&E. Anyone needing urgent or emergency care will continue to receive it – as they would at Christmas and other bank holidays. Some services may change or be busier than usual, so contact services early if you need to book appointments during this period.

Your GP practice will be open and working as normal on the days of the industrial action. Given that GPs may experience greater demand than normal on these days, 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, with essential care being provided by senior staff. 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 http://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 collect your prescription from the GP and have been to the pharmacist to collect it, and have it to hand.

More information
Patients should visit www.nhs.uk/strike and http://www.staywellnwl.nhs.uk/ for local updates on additional services.