Ambulance service staff across the country will be taking strike
action on Wednesday 11 January 2023.
Ambulance services may also be affected on the following day,
Thursday 12 January 2023.
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 - when someone is seriously ill or injured,
or their life is at risk.
GP services are not impacted by this strike action.
On days where there is strike action, you should only call 999
if it is a medical or mental health emergency (when someone is
seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk). Ambulances
will still be able to respond in these situations, but this may
only be where there is an immediate risk to life.
There will be fewer ambulances on the roads during industrial
action, with the NHS prioritising those with life-threatening
needs. As a result patients whose conditions are not
life-threatening may not get an ambulance on strike days, or it may
take longer to reach you than usual.
While our services, including our Emergency Departments,
will be operating as normal we would ask you to use services
responsibly as we are expecting to be extremely busy.
The NHS.UK website has more information on
when to call 999 and
when to go to A&E.
Your local pharmacist is an expert in medicines who can help you
with minor health concerns. As qualified healthcare professionals,
they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a
range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats,
tummy trouble and aches and pains.
You can find your nearest open pharmacy by
If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists
have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For
example, they will tell you if you need to see a GP, nurse or other
All pharmacists train for five years in the use of medicines.
They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing
health and wellbeing advice.
Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You do not
need an appointment.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can
discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
Please contact us if:
Or if you have any worries or concerns during this time.
You can contact your midwife or one of our pregnancy assessment
Everyone who has an appointment should attend as planned, unless
we have contacted you directly to reschedule.
If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as
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