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Industrial Action by Junior Doctors

Newsdate: 11 January 2016

We would like to reassure all our patients that here, at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, we have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action and have already developed strong contingency plans. We are also working closely with our local BMA representatives and our senior Doctors to ensure that patient safety, which is everyone’s key priority, is not compromised.

As we will need to change the normal working activities of some of our Consultants and other senior Doctors to deliver essential ward based services during the periods of industrial action, a proportion of non-urgent elective work will be cancelled to ensure that our inpatient and emergency services can be delivered safely.  The proposed period of industrial action is 8.00am on 12 January until 8.00am on 13 January 2016.

Any affected patients will be advised if there are changes to their scheduled appointments via letter. We will also be putting regular updates out via the local media, on our website and via our social media sites (Twitter - @WWLNHS Facebook - Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust)

During the industrial action we are urging the public to ONLY visit Accident and Emergency (A&E) if they have been involved in an accident or if it is a life-threatening emergency. Patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures over this period, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some elective operations may need to be postponed or rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

We want to ensure that all patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right location as per the national “Stay Well This Winter” campaign. A&E is not the right choice for minor conditions. Please consider all of the healthcare options available to you before coming to A&E. Make an appointment with your GP, attend the Walk-in Centre at Leigh, or speak to your local pharmacist. If you need non-emergency medical help outside of your GP opening hours, please contact the NHS 111 service by dialing 111 or contact the Wigan Out-of-Hours service on 01942 829911.