Emergency and urgent care centres in the North East and
North Cumbria will remain open for life-threatening conditions or
injuries as industrial action takes place on Wednesday 11 January
2023 by GMB and Unison ambulance staff.
NHS leaders are asking the public to only call 999 for an
ambulance during strike days for life-threatening conditions or
Dr Neil O'Brien executive medical director, North East and
North Cumbria Integrated Care Board said: "With greater disruption
to services expected as more teams will be unavailable due to the
industrial action, we really need the public's support to only call
for an ambulance in a life threatening emergency."
Public are reminded for everyday illnesses and injury to
use the on-line symptom checker available at
www.111.nhs.uk, which will re-direct to a health professional
if people need to be seen by someone. Also self-care advice is
available on-line from the NHS at
Dr O'Brien added: "We are expecting services to be very
busy, with long delays expected at a time when services are already
under significant pressure. We do have plans in place to ensure the
safety of those patients who may need our help in an emergency, and
we are putting into practice all we have learnt from the industrial
action last month.
"People can get advice and treatment for a range of common
illnesses from their local pharmacy, which is often a more
convenient way to get the help you need. Pharmacists can also
advise when to contact your GP practice, especially if symptoms
persist and you are not getting any better."
Patients are advised to continue to attend appointments
across NHS services unless they have been contacted.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital