21 April 2016
The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that its junior doctor members will be undertaking industrial action on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April, which will take place between 8am and 5pm on both days.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has well established contingency plans in place to ensure continued safe service provision during periods of industrial action.
However, there will unfortunately be an impact on some elective and planned services at Leighton Hospital in Crewe and Victoria Infirmary in Northwich during this time.
It is also anticipated that the number of outpatient appointments affected will be higher than during previous industrial action. This is as a result of the strike including junior doctors from emergency services for the first time.
The Trust would like to reassure the public that emergency services, such as A&E, maternity care, intensive care and emergency surgery, will still operate during the period of action.
We would like to ask for the public’s help and understanding during this time, however, and encourage people to only use our Emergency Department for serious and life-threatening conditions.
Other less serious conditions can be treated through the variety of healthcare services available in the community or on the high street, such as visiting their Pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk).
Any patients whose appointments will be affected by this action will be contacted by the Trust in advance and rescheduled as soon as possible. Patients who do not receive contact from the Trust should attend for their appointment at their scheduled time as planned.
For further information please visit www.nhs.uk/strike (external link), a dedicated page for patient information about the upcoming action.