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Advice for patients during industrial action

27 Nov 2015 16:35:06

Patients are asked to attend medical appointments as planned during doctors’ industrial action planned for 1 December.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust which runs Rotherham Hospital, BreathingSpace and numerous other NHS services locally, has robust plans in place to ensure as many services as possible can run safely throughout the strike’s 24 hour period.

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 whilst 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 appointments or procedures.

The industrial action is in response to the Government’s suggestion that terms and conditions for junior doctors will be revised. Further industrial action is proposed for 8 and 16 December.

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. 

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