The public is being asked to use NHS hospital services responsibly again ahead of industrial action by junior doctors planned for Wednesday (10 February).
It is the second strike by junior doctors in their dispute with Government over a new contract.
The 24-hour strike will run from 8am on Wednesday 10 February to 8am on Thursday 11 February. It will affect all hospital services except emergency care.
Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director, said the Trust was working with doctors not affected by the strike, nurses and other clinical staff on robust plans to ensure that appropriate care was delivered.
“Many of the planned services our hospitals provide will be affected and we are in touch with the patients concerned,” said Mr Gillies. “However, if you have an appointment on Wednesday and haven’t heard from us, we still want to see you.”
The following services are not affected by the strike:
- Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
- Maxillo-facial care
- Children’s services
- Maternity care
Mr Gillies added: “Patients in need of emergency hospital care will continue to receive the treatment they need when they need it. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.
“A&E is for medical emergencies and people facing life-threatening conditions such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes.
“Anyone who needs help in such circumstances should not hesitate in calling 999. There are other healthcare options available for less serious situations – such as visiting your pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk).”
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust