National industrial action update

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Some junior doctors are expected to take part in industrial action this month, between 7am on Monday 13 March and 7am on Thursday 16 March.

Regardless of any strike action, it is vital that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening situations.

People should attend planned appointments unless they have been contacted by the NHS.

Please choose services wisely

  • 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’.

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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