Strike Action: Impact on Services


During today’s industrial action there will be no routine outpatient appointments in our hospitals other than those deemed clinically critical. Advance notice of the strike action meant that we were able to offer people appointments on other dates. The number of outpatient appointments that would have been booked for 30 November is estimated to be 3,000.

Most in-patients and day case procedures have also been postponed. This affects around 350 patients.

All staff canteens will be closed to ensure that essential catering such as patients’ meals are provided with the smaller number of support services staff likely to be reporting for work.

All A&E departments will be open.

In the community, in line with regionally agreed protocols, there will be no reduction in services provided by the Trust in settings deemed to be a client’s home eg. residential and children’s homes but day centres will be closed. A small number of clients will be offered services at some Learning Disability Day Centres – and these people have already been contacted.

All child protection and child care emergencies will be covered by the Gateway Service 90507000 The Emergency Duty Team (EDT) 90565444 will cover out of hours .

Mental Health unscheduled care and assessment teams will be operational. Contact your GP or tel 02890 454999.