Patients should attend NHS appointments unless they have heard
otherwise during the industrial action by nurses this week.
Industrial action by the Royal College of Nursing will affect two
NHS hospital trusts in the region - County Durham and Darlington FT
and South Tees Hospitals FT on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19
Dr Neil O'Brien, executive medical director for the North East and
North Cumbria Integrated Care Board, said: "Plans are in place for
those hospitals affected by strike action this week to ensure the
safety and wellbeing of patients and staff.
"Patients should attend appointments as planned unless they hear
from the NHS to say otherwise. We will be re-arranging any
postponed appointments as a priority.
"Emergency and urgent care services will remain open. If someone
is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, please call
"We are expecting services to be very busy, so we are asking the
public with non- life-threatening illnesses and injuries to use
111.nhs.uk, which is available 24 hours a day, or contact their
local community pharmacist or GP practice.
Hospitals affected by the strike are contacting patients if there
is any change to their planned appointments. If you have not been
contacted, you should attend for your appointment, procedure or
operation as planned. GP practices, urgent treatment centres,
dentists and community pharmacies will be operating as normal
during the strike action.
The strikes on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 will last for 12 hours
each, though it may take slightly longer for services to return to
To find details of pharmacists, urgent treatment centres and GP
practices near you, visit www.nhs.uk. For further guidance on the
industrial action, visit the NHS England website.
Published: 17 January 2023
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