Plans put in place to minimise disruption for patients during the junior doctors' strike
Healthwatch Havering has received the following advice from the Havering CCG and Barking, Havering and Redbridge Univesity Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) regarding the junior doctors' full withdrawal of labour (including emergency care) that is due on Tuesday 26 April from 8am to 5pm and Wednesday 27 April from 8am to 5pm
This strike is the first full walk out and is the first time junior doctors will not be providing emergency care during the strike, which includes A&E. As ever the NHS is asking the public to visit their pharmacist or GP, call NHS 111 or use NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) if they feel unwell as soon as possible and to help us keep hospital A&Es available for those people who really do need emergency, lifesaving care. A range of choices in NHS urgent and emergency care options is available to help people avoid a long wait, or from being turned away from A&E.
Anyone who needs urgent and emergency care will still get the treatment they need, when they need it, but people in less urgent need may have longer waits than usual or be told to use a different service.
BHRUT is aiming to ensure that they can provide safe and compassionate care during this time at both Queen's Hospital, Romford and King George Hospital, Goodmayes. This means they will only be treating those patients who need immediate care in our emergency departments (EDs) during the strike. Anyone who comes to an ED requiring non-emergency care will be redirected to primary care and will be informed of the different treatment options available to them – they will be issuing information leaflets during the strike to signpost non-urgent/non-emergnwcy patients to the most appropriate care.
Additional GPs will be available in the hubs across the three boroughs during the strike to give extra appointments, until 10pm on both days of the strike, which can be booked from 12noon, rather than the usual 2pm. These can be booked by calling 020 3770 1888.
The most important message during the strike is not to come to ED unless you require immediate, emergency care.