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Industrial Action December 2023

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The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors will take part in strike action from 7am on 20 December 2023 until 7am on 23 December 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.

It may be necessary for some appointments and treatments to be postponed at our hospitals as emergency care and life-threatening cases will be prioritised.

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Our teams will contact patients directly if we need to re-schedule your operation or appointment. However, if you have an appointment at any of our hospitals on these days, please assume this is going ahead unless you have been told otherwise.

Helping us manage demand

If you need medical advice but it's not an emergency, please consider using a different service to get the care you need. You could:

GP practices and pharmacies will be open as usual during the strike days.

For local pharmacy services search Find a pharmacy - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

For everyday illnesses and injury please use the on-line symptom checker available at  www.111.nhs.uk, which will re-direct you to a health professional if people need to be seen by someone. Also self-care advice is available online from the NHS at  www.nhs.uk.

Parents, carers and young people can also use the  Healthier Together app or  website which provides NHS healthcare advice and top tips on a range of child related illnesses along with information on local services.

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.

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In our Emergency Departments (A&E), we will assess you as quickly as we are able to. If we feel you need to stay, we will aim to treat you as soon as possible, based on the urgency of your clinical need.

If we feel you could be seen elsewhere, we will ask you to do so and advise you on the most appropriate place to go. If you then decide to stay, please be aware that you could be waiting a long time to be seen.

Please treat all staff with respect during this busy and challenging time. Thank you for your support, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you have working for you at DMH.'

Patient, Catering / Porters / Domestics, Darlington Memorial Hospital