TIPS on how to cope in local people need medical help during the planned junior doctors strike have been issued by health chiefs.
The strike action will this time see a full walk-out by junior doctors, with no emergency cover provided between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday April 26-27.
The aim is to ensure that key services are covered and that patients in need of emergency care continue to receive the treatment they need.
Patients with a scheduled operation or appointment will be contacted as soon as possible if it has to be cancelled, postponed or amended.
People should make sure that any prescriptions are ordered and collected in plenty of time, their medicine cabinet is fully stocked with essentials such as plasters and painkillers and be aware of the health care services that are available:
Many minor complaints such as coughs and colds can be treated by staying at home, getting plenty of rest and making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
Your local pharmacy:
Here you can get expert, confidential advice or medicines for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, tummy troubles and much more.
Call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast, free medical advice when it’s not an emergency. This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.
GPs can help you with many health problems and complaints and can provide a wide range of family health services. Contact your GP for an appointment before attending A&E. If you are not registered with a GP visit www.nhs.uk to find a surgery in your area.
Minor Injury Units:
Minor Injury Units (MIUs) offer fast, convenient and expert care for minor conditions including cuts, grazes, sprains and burns. Waiting times are on average 20 minutes.
Nearby MIUs are at:
Bromsgrove – Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0BB
Evesham – Evesham Community Hospital, Waterside, Evesham, WR11 1JT
Deb Critchley, Interim Urgent Care Lead for the three Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We anticipate that health services across the county will be very busy during the industrial action and the build up to the bank holiday weekend.
“A number of health services will be open as usual including local pharmacies, GP practices and Minor Injury Units. If you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency you can call NHS 111, which is a free service and which can provide medical advice and direct you to the most appropriate local health service.
“It is important to note, however, that these services will also be experiencing higher demand than usual.”
A dedicated web page will detail the services provided during the industrial action. Access this information at www.nhs.uk/strike .