Published on Tuesday 02 February 2016
Our Trust has tried and tested plans to deal with disruption to service, including industrial action, and robust plans are already in place to ensure the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.
Patients are advised however that if they have not heard from us by the end of Tuesday (9th February) they should come for their outpatient appointment/planned procedure.
Any outpatient appointment/planned procedure cancellations will be rescheduled as soon as possible, but should you have any questions about your outpatient appointment/planned procedure on Wednesday; please contact the number at the top of your letter.
The following news release has been issued by Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group:
As planned industrial action by Junior Doctors goes ahead, the public is being asked to make the right choices, if they have, or are experiencing symptoms of a minor illness, or require expert health advice and to use local doorstep services where possible.
The strike on Wednesday 10 February will not be a full walk out as originally planned, but Junior Doctors will be offering emergency care only for 24 hours from 8am on Wednesday to 8am on Thursday 11 February.
Patients are being asked to attend A&E in genuine emergencies only, and have been warned that hospital services will be put under increased pressure.
The NHS on Wirral is asking patients to make use of its other services during the planned strike action – including GP practices, walk-in centres, the 111 phone line and pharmacies.
Dr Sue Wells, Medical Director and GP for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“With ever increasing winter pressures on the NHS, reminder messaging via our Twitter posts and local publicity is used to divert the public to alternative expert medical services – such as the minor ailment service – provided by your local pharmacy or by making an appointment to see your GP.
”For minor ailments or advice, you can also visit The NHS Choices website. For further information visit http://www.nhs.uk/staywell”
In the event of any industrial action by Junior Doctors’, the main priority for local NHS providers is to help minimise any potential disruption to patient services.
Dr Evan Moore, Medical Director at Wirral University Teaching Hospital said:
“We always have robust plans in place during times of industrial action but we need the public to do all they can, now this strike is going ahead. Our Emergency Department is for critical and life-threatening emergencies only.
“A&E patients are always seen in order of medical need. This can often mean that patients who could have been easily treated by a visit to a Walk-in Centre, GP or Pharmacist, will usually be a lower priority resulting in a greater wait.
“By choosing the right health service from the start, patients will often be seen more quickly.
“If you don’t need urgent medical attention during this industrial action, please keep our busy Emergency Department free to those that really need our help.”
NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group is asking that local people continue to practice good self-care. Patients with complex or long term conditions should ensure that they have enough medication to reduce the risk of requiring emergency treatment.