The first of the junior doctors strike will take place on 8am Tuesday 12th January until 8am Wednsesday 13th January and two further strikes are planned for 8am Tuesday 26th-8am Thursday 28th January and 8am-5pm Wednesday 10th February. Junior doctors from the hospital, GP Practices and community services will be involved.
The NHS has tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions to normal services, including strikes. The NHS organisations in Wigan Borough are working together to ensure that patients are safe during this time.
Patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures on all services including in hospital and GP Practices over this period, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some clinics and procedures may need to be postponed or rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.
We would encourage everyone to make sure they have the medicines in and the support ready that they will need in preparation - especially if you look after anyone vulnerable, such as the elderly, children and people with long-term conditions.
There are always NHS services available. Don’t forget that you can ring NHS 111 at any time for medical advice, drop in to a local pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist, or visit Leigh Walk-in-Centre. The new Extended Hours Access to GP service will still be available for those who can't get an appointment with their own GP - ring 01942 482848 for appointment information. There is also a lot of health information and advice online at www.nhs.uk.
Dr Tim Dalton, Local GP and Chair of NHS Wigan Borough CCG, said,
“We are confident that the local hospital and local practices have the necessary plans in place to treat patients safely during the strike action and we are working closely with them. However, they will be focusing on emergency care, so can I ask that patients make use of other services wherever possible on the strike days and keep Accident & Emergency services for those who are most in need of them. Please plan ahead and help keep yourself and those you care for well.”