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Junior doctors' full walkout will cause some disruption

22 April 2016

Health Care

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is expecting some disruption to services during the planned two-day full walkout by members of the BMA, between 08.00 and 17.00 on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April.

Mr Neil Rothnie, Medical Director, said, "We have detailed plans in place to manage the impact of the planned action on our services over the two days.  I would like to reassure our local communities that the safety of our patients is always our priority. 

"This is the first time that a full walkout has taken place, meaning that there will be a potential impact on emergency services at the hospital during the strike that we have not experienced on previous occasions.  As always we need our local community's assistance to ensure that they are using our emergency department wisely and allowing our service to deal with real emergencies during a period that will place additional pressure on our hospital, which is already facing significant demand. 

"Please think carefully about whether our emergency department is the right place to come for non-urgent complaints, and choose the most suitable service for the treatment you need including pharmacists, GPs and NHS111." 

Jon Findlay, Chief Operating Officer, said, "In preparation for the industrial action, we have looked carefully at the clinics and elective surgery planned on those days and for the days before and after the strikes, and inevitably we will have to postpone some clinic sessions and operations.  We are sorry for this unavoidable inconvenience and will contact patients affected by these cancellations directly so if you do not hear from us, please assume that your appointment remains unchanged." 

For more information about additional services available locally, patients can visit www.nhs.uk/strike