Advice for Harlow residents as Junior Doctors set to strike on Wednesday

Politics / Tue 5th Apr 2016 at 03:06pm

Outpatients Clinics to run as normal during industrial action

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust would like to assure any patients due to attend outpatient clinics at the hospital during the planned industrial action by junior doctors that clinics will be operating as normal.

JUNIOR Doctors are striking for 48 hours from 8am on Wednesday 6 April until 8am on Friday 8 April. Patients with outpatient appointments during the strike are advised to attend as normal but be prepared for delays; we would advise patients to bring refreshments in preparation.

Phil Morley, Chief Executive at Princess Alexandra Hospital said; “We have worked hard to manage staffing rotas during the strike and even though there is very high demand in the hospital at the moment we are committed to minimising disruption for patients.”

The Trust is also encouraging residents in Harlow, across west Essex and east and north Hertfordshire to choose the right care for their healthcare needs. Patients are reminded that A&E is for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only, for example, a loss of consciousness, a very serious state of confusion, persistent severe chest pain or breathing difficulties.

Don’t forget all the other healthcare options available. This includes calling NHS 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency; considering self care where possible; visiting your local pharmacy or GP. In most cases, you can get help and advice from these professionals which can remove the need to attend the Emergency Department.

Any patients requiring general help and advice are encouraged to go to http://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

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