Patient statement on junior doctors’ strike

A number of junior doctors are expected to stage a 48-hour “emergency care only” action between 8am on Wednesday, March 9 and 8am on Friday, March 112016.

Some scheduled operations and outpatient appointments at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will need to be postponed to ensure emergency services can run.

“Senior managers and clinicians in the Trust are working closely with trade union representatives to ensure the quality and safety of care that we provide to patients is not compromised when junior doctors take part in the planned BMA industrial action,” said Medical Director, Prof Mark O’Donnell.

“While we plan to maintain as many services as possible, we will need to postpone some appointments and procedures. Those patients affected will be contact by telephone today and those who do not hear from us should assume their appointment or procedure is going ahead as planned.”

Prof O’Donnell added: “All urgent and emergency care will continue to be provided. However, we ask patients to consider the seriousness of their condition prior to attending the emergency department.

“The public are asked to consider appropriate alternatives to A&E such as Whitegate Drive, Same Day Health Centre in Fleetwood, local pharmacies, GP surgeries and dentists.”

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