The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will be delivering the maximum service possible to patients on Tuesday 12 January - the first of the days of industrial action planned by junior doctors who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA).
We have cancelled three clinics, involving 33 patients, and all those due to attend have been notified. There are currently no plans to cancel operations and the junior doctors will be providing emergency care cover.
Patients are asked to attend medical appointments as planned unless they have been notified otherwise.
The Trust has undertaken robust planning in the weeks leading up to the date of the action to ensure that disruption for patients is kept to a minimum and that the services provided are safe.
Conrad Wareham, the Trust’s medical director said: “Our priority is to deliver safe care to our patients and we aim to deliver the maximum service possible while respecting that some of our colleagues do wish to take industrial action.
“It is important that our patients make every attempt to come to their appointments so that we can continue to deliver high quality care.”
Patients will be contacted directly should it become necessary for the Trust to cancel any further appointments or procedures.
Patients and members of the public can support the NHS in Rotherham by using service appropriately. If you feel unwell seek advice from your pharmacist, NHS 111, visit the NHS Choices website or call your GP for more information about what you should do. 999 and A&E should be reserved for urgent, life-threatening situations only.