Strike action-information for patients

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When strike action is taking place, it is important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

GP services are not part of this strike action and patients should continue to attend GP appointments, unless they are contacted and told otherwise.

Patients should only call 999 if it is an emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk). Ambulances will still be able to respond in these situations, but this may only be where there is an immediate risk to life.

Where the situation is not life-threatening, support will be available through NHS111 online or by phoning NHS 111, and where possible, it is advised that people arrange alternative transport.