People who require emergency care are being urged to still come forward despite the latest planned strike action by junior doctors.
Junior doctors at the Royal United Hospital in Bath will be on strike from 7am on Wednesday 14th June until 7am on Saturday 17th June.
Although significant disruption to normal service is expected, the region’s leading doctors have stressed that people who become seriously ill or injured should not put off seeking help.
Dr Amanda Webb, Chief Medical Officer, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board, said: “The doors to the local NHS will be open during this latest episode of industrial action.
“Our teams will be very busy, and waiting times may be longer than usual, but anybody in need of urgent or emergency care must still come forward.
“We have tried and tested plans in place to ensure that people who are most in need can still access care, as we know all too well that delaying treatment can lead to poorer outcomes.”
People who had been expecting to attend hospital for a routine appointment or procedure on 14th, 15th or 16th June are advised to attend as planned unless told otherwise.
Those whose appointments are affected by the strike will be contacted and offered an alternative date.
A statement posted on the RUH’s website says: “The industrial action is a national dispute between the Government and unions.
“Patient safety is our top priority, and we are committed to keeping disruption caused by industrial action to a minimum.”
GP practices, pharmacies and digital-based healthcare services remain open, and people with minor injury and illness are encouraged to make the most of these options on the strike days.
NHS 111 online, which can be accessed at www.111.nhs.uk, can provide person- specific advice and guidance in real time, suggest possible treatment options and, where appropriate, refer people to other local healthcare services.
Similarly, community pharmacies are also a good way to access quick healthcare, with most branches able to share advice on over-the-counter medicines, as well as details of how to treat simple symptoms at home.
Trained pharmacists can also carry out private consultations in a dedicated private clinic room, meaning people with non-urgent conditions can receive an assessment and diagnosis without needing to phone a GP or visit the hospital.