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Help us help you during the junior doctors industrial action

Use 111 online V2

The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors will take part in four days of industrial action from 7am Friday 11 August until 7am Tuesday 15 August 2023.

The strike will affect NHS services across the North East and North Cumbria and patients should expect disruption and potential long waits during the strike, and over the following immediate days when patient attendance often peaks.

Please help us to help you and only attend A&E in serious emergencies and consider alternative services such as your GP practice, 111 online or your local pharmacy.



For everyday illnesses and injury please use the on-line symptom checker available at, which will re-direct to a health professional if people need to be seen by someone. Self-care advice is available online from the NHS at

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 clicking here.

Anyone needing urgent mental health support should seek it via their local Crisis Team. People can put their postcode in here to find their local Crisis line.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital