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NHS Nottinghamshire warning as junior doctors begin strike tomorrow

Junior doctors will be striking from 7am on Thursday, June 27 to 7am on Tuesday, July 2.

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NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has issued a warning about pressures they will be facing during the junior doctors strike.

Junior doctors will be striking from 7am on Thursday, June 27 to 7am on Tuesday, July 2.

The strikes are due to impact the city and county’s hospitals, mental health services, GP practices and other NHS services.

Dr Dave Briggs, medical director at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, has reminded the public to think about which services they need during this action and plan ahead for the period of disruption.

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He said: “Junior doctors do a vital job, so losing this part of our workforce will inevitably have a knock-on effect and you may find there are longer waits to be seen.

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Junior doctors will be striking from tomorrow

“During the industrial action we will be prioritising patients that need our services the most so if it’s not a life-threatening emergency, an urgent treatment centre can help with the most common problems people go to A&E for, such as suspected broken bones, minor head injuries or burns. If you think you need medical help right now but you’re not sure what to do, NHS 111 can help.

“Make sure you have plenty of your prescriptions available in advance of the period of disruption and consider using your local community pharmacy for minor health concerns like insect bites, sore throats and sinusitis. They can also sign post you to the right place to receive care.”

Due to the reduction in staff across the system, planned surgery and outpatient appointments may be affected. If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to the strike action.

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases by calling 999 or going to A&E. Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support is available through NHS111 online, your nearest pharmacy or at urgent treatment centres.  

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Pharmacies can offer over-the-counter advice and treat common conditions including urinary tract infections, middle ear infections, skin infections including impetigo, infected eczema and infected insect bites.

Find out more about services available at pharmacies.

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