National industrial action update

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Some consultants (senior doctors) and junior doctors who are members of the British Medical Association are expected to take part in industrial action this week.

Consultants are set to strike between 7am on Tuesday 19 September and 7am on Thursday 21 September. Junior doctors are set to strike between 7am on Wednesday 20 September and 7am on Saturday 23 September. Further strike action is expected to take place in October.

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

You should attend planned appointments unless contacted by the NHS.

Self-care is key

A well-stocked first-aid kit or medicine cabinet could help you avoid a trip to the pharmacist, GP or hospital. Useful items include paracetamol and aspirin, re-hydration remedies, antiseptic cream, antihistamines and sunscreen.

If you think you need medical help, please choose services wisely.

6 steps to help us help you

  1. Visit your local pharmacy for help with allergies, insect bites, stings and emergency contraception. Pharmacists can also provide an emergency prescription when your GP is closed, even if you are on holiday. Check your nearest open pharmacy. Many urgent medications can now be ordered online for collection at a local pharmacy, by visiting NHS 111 online’s emergency prescription page
  2. Your own GP is your best point of contact for ongoing symptoms, even if you are on holiday. Your surgery can send a prescription to any pharmacy you choose, for you to collect close to where you are staying. For advice on GP services, visit the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly website
  3. Minor injury units can help with conditions like broken bones and cuts that need stitches, but your nearest one might not be the quickest option. Check live opening and waiting times
  4. If you need urgent care advice, visit NHS 111 online or call 111. Expert clinicians can direct you to the best service for your needs
  5. If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health, Cornwall’s 24/7 mental health helpline can help. Call free on 0800 038 5300. For more mental health support services, visit the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly website
  6. Only call 999 or visit the emergency department if your illness or injury is life-threatening. This includes chest pain, trouble breathing, severe bleeding, stroke and loss of consciousness

Visit the ‘Help us help you’ page on the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly website or follow NHS Cornwall on Facebook and Twitter for news, updates and advice.

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 can 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. This includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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

Alert: Industrial action

Industrial action by some consultants (senior doctors) and junior doctors is expected to take place this week. See our news article for more information.

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