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Industrial action – business as usual for health services

As members of the British Medical Association prepare for a day of industrial action on Thursday, 21 June, the indication is that it will be business as usual across the majority of health services in Herefordshire and all emergency services will run as normal.

NHS Herefordshire has been working with local GP surgeries and is not expecting any closures on Thursday. Patients will still be able to access their GP surgery for urgent advice, although for a small number of practices they may only accept pre-booked, urgent or emergency appointments. The Walk in Centre at ASDA, Hereford will also be offering its normal service.

For a full list of GP practices and their status on 21 June please visit: http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/council_gov_democracy/news/60634.asp

NHS Herefordshire and Wye Valley NHS Trust are in consultation with the BMA and are working together to make sure essential health services continue to be provided during Thursday’s industrial action.

As a result of these close working relationships, there should be minimal impact on patients, and for emergency care services, it will be business as usual.

Health professionals are urging people to continue to use their GP as the first point of contact if they need medical support on the day of the strike and to only visit A&E at the County Hospital for life threatening or serious conditions and illnesses.

Furthermore, minor injuries, such as slips, trips or falls or minor cuts can be treated quickly and effectively by other areas of the NHS such as NHS Direct, local pharmacies, the GP Walk In Centre at ASDA and Minor Injury Units in Leominster, Ross on Wye, Kington and Ledbury.