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Right Arrow Junior doctors’ industrial action – 9th to 11th March
04 March 2016 at 13:10
The public is being asked to use NHS hospital services responsibly again ahead of industrial action by junior doctors planned for Wednesday (9 March).

It will be the third strike by junior doctors in their dispute with Government over a new contract.

The 48-hour strike will run from 8am on Wednesday 9 March to 8am on Friday 11 March. It will affect many hospital services except emergency care.

Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director, said the Trust was working with doctors not affected by the strike, nurses and other clinical staff on robust plans to ensure that appropriate care was delivered.

“Planned services our hospitals provide will be affected and we are in touch with the patients concerned,” said Mr Gillies. “However, if you have an appointment on either Wednesday or Thursday and haven’t heard from us, we still want to see you.”

Those services not affected by the strike are:

• Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
• Dermatology
• Ophthalmology
• Maxillo-facial care
• Children’s services
• Maternity care

Mr Gillies added: “Patients in need of emergency hospital care will continue to receive the treatment they need when they need it. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

“A&E is for medical emergencies and people facing life-threatening conditions such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes.

“Anyone who needs help in such circumstances should not hesitate in calling 999. There are other healthcare options available for less serious situations – such as visiting your pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk).”



Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net
Web www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.