Some junior doctors and consultants are expected to take part in industrial action this month.
Junior doctors in England are set to strike from 20 to 22 September and 2 to 5 October. Consultants are set to strike 19 to 20 September and 2 to 5 October. On the strike days which include both junior doctors and consultants (20 September and 2 to 5 October) Christmas day levels of cover will be implemented.
Regardless of any strikes, it is vital that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening situations.
You should attend planned appointments unless contacted by the NHS.
Self-care is key
A well-stocked first-aid kit or medicine cabinet could help you avoid a trip to the pharmacist, GP or hospital. Useful items include:
- paracetamol and aspirin plus the equivalent for children if you have them
- mild laxatives to relieve constipation
- re-hydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting
- indigestion remedies
- antiseptic cream
- antihistamines for allergies and insect bites
6 steps to help you choose well
- Visit your local pharmacy for help with allergies, insect bites stings and emergency contraception. Pharmacists can also provide an emergency prescription when your GP is closed. Find a pharmacy
- If you need urgent care advice visit NHS 111 online or call 111. Expert clinicians can direct you to the best service for your needs. 111 is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
- Our minor injury units can help with accidental injuries like sprains and broken bones.
- If you are worried about your own or someone else's mental health call our 24/7 mental health helpline on 0800 038 5300.
- Only call 999 or visit the emergency department if your illness or injury is life-threatening. This includes trouble breathing, chest pain, severe bleeding, stroke, and loss of consciousness.
- Follow us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.
Discharge from hospital
We and many NHS trusts are asking families, friends, and neighbours to work with us to get patients home from hospital when they are fit for discharge. If you have a loved one in hospital, please be ready to help them home as soon as they are well enough.
Fast access one-off grants are also available. If you could support someone in your home, or in their own home, with a little extra help, please contact the ward directly.
Links and information
Visit the NHS England website for more information about the strikes, including answers to frequently asked questions.
Industrial action is a national dispute between the Government and Trade Unions about terms and conditions of employment.