A national junior doctors’ strike is taking place this Wednesday, 9 March, for 48 hours; effective from 8am until 8am on Friday 11 March.
Dr Barbara King, a local GP and Clinical Accountable Officer for NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“GP practices will be open to patients as usual, so if you have a GP appointment please attend as normal. We would ask patients to bear with us, as we may be busier than normal, as our training doctors will not be working.
“People in need of urgent and emergency care will be seen as usual. However, services may be more stretched than usual and we would ask patients, unless in a life threatening emergency, to contact NHS 111 for advice before going to A&E. It might be more appropriate for a patient to attend their nearest walk-in, or urgent care centre. Details of local Birmingham NHS services can be found by going to www.nhs.uk, or by calling NHS 111.
“The NHS in Birmingham is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected by the strike action.”
The following advice explains how you can access NHS services over this period. It is especially important if you have a long-term health condition or you look after people in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and young children.
Your GP practice will be open and working as normal on the days of the strike. Given that GPs may experience greater demand than normal over this period, we strongly recommend that you contact your practice early if you need advice or an appointment.
Planned operations, procedures and outpatients appointments
If you have a planned operation, procedure or outpatient appointment on a day when the strike is taking place, your hospital will contact you if it needs to be rearranged. If you have not been contacted by the hospital, you should check their website for additional advice.
Other medical needs
If you become unwell with a non-urgent condition and need advice, please visit www.nhs.uk, or visit your local pharmacist. For more serious conditions you should continue to contact your GP practice as usual, or call NHS 111.
If you take regular medication, please make sure you have enough to see you through.