Princess Alexandra Hospital makes plea to patients over A and E due to strike on Tuesday

THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAH) is reminding patients to only visit Accident and Emergency in an emergency especially during the proposed junior doctors’ strike on Tuesday 12 January 2016.

BMA junior doctor members have voted to take action at the following times: 
from 8am, Tuesday 12 January to 8am Wednesday 13 January
(24 hours) – to provide emergency care only
from 8am, Tuesday 26 January to 8am Thursday 28 January
(48 hours) – to provide emergency care only
from 8am to 5pm, Wednesday 10 February – a full walk out

Safety will remain the Trust’s top priority during any industrial action and the Hospital has robust contingency plans in place to ensure the welfare of all its patients. However, strike action will mean that the Hospital is under increased pressure at a time when it is already running at maximum capacity.

Dr Andy Morris, Chief Medical Officer at PAH, said: “To reduce pressure on our services we will be reminding people, through our social networks, of the other healthcare options available instead of calling 999 – such as visiting their pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk).

“We would strongly advise patients, who are able to, to consider using these alternative options so that we can focus our attentions on treating those in most need.”

The Hospital is contacting any patients whose appointments are affected by the strike action. So if you don’t receive a phone call about changes to your appointment, please assume that it is going ahead and attend the Hospital as normal.

For further information on A&E waiting times and also guidance on what option is right for you like the Trust on Facebook, follow @NHSHarlow on Twitter or visit NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk.)

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