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February 16, 2024

How to find healthcare help during February industrial action

  • Strike action planned between Saturday 24 and Wednesday 28 February
  • Healthcare help will still be available for those who need it
  • Public asked to choose the right services for their needs

Bolton’s junior doctors are taking part in industrial action between Saturday 24 and Wednesday 28 February.

The NHS in Bolton will be prioritising urgent, emergency and critical care during this period of action to help keep the sickest patients safe.

The industrial action is expected to cause disruption to how healthcare services are provided.

Some routine appointments and procedures are being postponed with affected patients being notified directly.

If patients have not heard of any changes to their appointment or procedure they are asked to still attend as they normally would.

Dr. Francis Andrews, Medical Director at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

We will be putting our tried and tested plans into place to help ensure the impact of the strikes is felt as minimally as possible, however there will still be some disruption.

“Please remember that if you have an urgent or emergency need then we are here to help you, but if you have a condition which is not urgent or an emergency then there are alternatives for you.

“Any non-urgent or non-life-threatening care need can be helped by using, speaking with your GP or your pharmacist, or by using self-care, but please do use 999 in an emergency.

Repeat prescriptions should be ordered in advance of industrial action to ensure people have enough of their regular medications.

Francis added:

We really appreciate your ongoing patience and support as we work through industrial action, and for the kindness you show our staff as they work incredibly hard to keep everybody safe.

“Preparing ahead of this round of strike action by ensuring you have your medication, still attending appointments unless told otherwise and know to choose the right service means you are doing your best to support your NHS.

Accessing NHS services during strike action

Throughout this challenging period, our urgent and emergency services are still here to help those who need it.

If your condition is not an emergency or life or limb threatening, please consider using a different service for your care:

  • NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week either online or by phone
  • Make an appointment with your local GP
  • Visit your local pharmacy

British sign language (BSL) users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service by visiting their website.

The While You Wait website also has lots of helpful information on staying well whilst you wait for treatment.

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