National industrial action update

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Some nurses and ambulance service workers are expected to take part in planned industrial action this month.

  • Union members from the Royal College of Nursing: Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February
  • Union members from South Western Ambulance Service: Monday 6, Friday 10 and Monday 20 February

Regardless of any strike action, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases.

People are being asked to use services wisely and take simple steps to help ensure care is available to patients who need it most.

Which service should I use?

  • Self-care: Visit NHS 111 online for self-care advice for things like grazed knees, coughs and colds
  • Pharmacy: Visit your local pharmacy for headaches, upset stomachs, aches and pains
  • NHS 111: Visit NHS 111 online or call 111 for advice and support 24hrs a day, 7 days a week
  • GP: Call your GP for symptoms that will not go away
  • Minor injury unit: Attend your local minor injury unit for non life-threatening conditions and injuries such as sprains, fractures and burns
  • Cornwall’s 24/7 mental health helpline: Call 0800 038 5300 if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health
  • 999: Call 999 in life-threatening emergencies, including trouble breathing, chest pain, severe bleeding, stroke, and loss of consciousness.

More information, including your nearest available pharmacy or minor injury unit, is available on the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly website, under ‘Help Us Help You’.

How will the strikes affect me?

All NHS trusts in Cornwall are committed to keeping disruption to their services to a minimum and have measures in place to ensure the safety and welfare of their patients and staff.

People who have a planned appointment should continue to attend unless they are contacted to reschedule. This includes appointments at GP practices.

The planned action will not affect registered nurses at nursing/care homes and agencies as they were not balloted to strike.

Discharge from hospital:

NHS trusts are asking families, friends and neighbours to work with staff to get patients home from hospital when they are fit for discharge. If you have a loved one in hospital, please be ready to help them home as soon as they are well enough.

Fast access one-off grants are also available. If you could support someone in your home, or in their own home, with a little extra help, please contact the ward directly.

Links and information

Visit the NHS England website for more information about the strikes, including answers to FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

Industrial action is a national dispute between the Government and Trade Unions about terms and conditions of employment.

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