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Heath’s advice ahead of unprecedented NHS walkout

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<p>St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, where pressure on services is expected to increase.  (Image: IWCP.)</p>
<p>NHS consultants will strike for 48 hours from 7am on Tuesday, September 19, and junior doctors will also join the strike for 72 hours from 7am on Wednesday, September 20.  Isle of Wight health officials have warned that pressure on services will increase.  ,</p>
<p>A statement from the chief medical and nursing officers of Hampshire and IW said the actions would overlap for the first time in the history of the NHS.</p>
<p>There will be a walkout again from 2 to 4 October, in which doctors along with radiographers will also participate on 3 October.</p><div class=

The open message said planned appointments and procedures are likely to be affected and could mean further delays for people who are already waiting to see a health care specialist.

The ICB said: “Our services are extremely busy at the moment and we expect them to remain busy and under pressure during the strike.

“NHS health and care providers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are working hard to care for our patients while respecting our colleagues’ right to strike.

“We apologize for any disruption you may experience.

“If we have not contacted you to rearrange, please still attend as some services may continue.

“If you are concerned about your health or any changes in your condition since you last spoke to us, contact the team that is caring for you in the same way as you usually would.”

It has issued advice to islanders, including only going to the emergency department or calling 999 if your condition is life-threatening, such as symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, heavy bleeding or difficulty breathing.

NHS managers said, “If your condition is life or limb threatening please do not wait. It is important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal.”

If it is not an emergency, we are told to go to an urgent treatment centre, community pharmacy or GP. Alternatively, 111 online or another phone can help patients who are unsure what to do.

The ICB said: “Our teams have been working incredibly hard and we really appreciate the support we have been receiving from the public and our patients during this challenging time.

“Even as our staff are under extra pressure, please be assured that they are working hard to keep people safe.

“Emergency departments will prioritize patients who need our services for life-saving care, so this will mean longer wait times for less serious conditions.”


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