The NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be working hard to protect priority services including emergency and critical care, maternity and trauma care during planned junior doctor strikes that start this week.
Junior doctors begin their strike action at 7am on Saturday 24 February, stopping at 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 February.
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board is updating its website and social media channels with the latest guidance on the strike action and encourage you to share this information.
Using NHS services during strike action
We’re reminding people that they should continue to use health services as normal during the strike action, including 999 and A&E in life-threatening situations and NHS 111 online for other health concerns.
GPs and pharmacies can also be used by people for health advice and appointments as normal.
People with hospital appointments during this time should attend as usual. If the appointment needs to be rescheduled due to the strike action, the NHS will be in contact.
‘Help Us Help You’ messages
We are asking people to choose services appropriately during the strike action to help ensure care is available to those who need it most. This includes using 111 online as the first port of call for health needs, and only using 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.
We are also asking people to play their part by taking simple steps to look after themselves and their loved ones and checking in on vulnerable family members and neighbours as well as ordering repeat prescriptions in good time and ahead of the festive bank holidays.
Please continue to share our #HelpUsHelpYou video which provides useful information on accessing the correct health service.
For more information on services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire please visit this Healthier Together industrial action web page.