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Junior doctors' strike - advice for patients

12 January 2016

Due to industrial action, hospitals are under particular pressure today. If you are unwell get advice from a pharmacist, your GP or call NHS111. You can be seen without an appointment at NHS walk-in centres. Visit nhs.uk for information about local services.

Most hospital appointments are taking place as normal, but some may need to be rescheduled. The hospital will contact you if your appointment needs to change. For advice about flu, winter ailments and how to look after your health visit nhs.uk/staywell.

Ask yourself, is A&E for me? A&E may not be the best place for you and there are other options instead of calling 999. See a pharmacist for advice, call your GP or visit NHS Choices nhs.uk to find local services, advice on symptoms and more.

For urgent health advice when it’s not an emergency, call NHS111. It’s quick, easy and free.

If you are a carer for an elderly person or someone with an underlying health condition, please ensure the person you look after has supplies of their regular medication and seek advice from a GP if they feel unwell.

Patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment as usual. However, due to increased pressures on the NHS over this period, those in less urgent need may wait longer than normal.

Some planned hospital visits or operations may need to be rescheduled. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

If you are feeling unwell please do not wait, take advice from your GP or pharmacist, or contact NHS111.

If you have regular medication – please make sure you have collected your prescription from the GP and have been to the pharmacist to collect it, and have it to hand.

You will be contacted in advance if you have a hospital appointment which needs to be re-scheduled.

All NHS organisations have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action. Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is working closely with GPs, hospitals and other healthcare providers to ensure safe healthcare continues to be available for local people. Read advice for patients during junior doctors' industrial action, from NHS England. 

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