Industrial Action Update - please attend appointments as normal

The British Medical Association (BMA), the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) and the Society of Radiographers (SoR) have indicated their intention to take strike action across the below dates in October. 

Consultants and junior doctors will strike together for 72 hours from 7am Monday 2 October until 7am Thursday 5 October.

Radiographers who are members of the Society of Radiographers (SoR) intend to take strike action for 24 hours from 8am on 3 October until 4 October.

Throughout any Industrial Action, patient safety remains our key focus and teams are working hard to ensure that we prioritise those patients who require emergency treatment. 
Due to the expected reduction in staff across our hospitals, appointments will be affected. We will contact you if your appointment or procedure needs to be changed or rescheduled due to the strike action. If we have not contacted you, please attend as planned. 

NHS bosses are keen to reassure the public that many appointments will still be going ahead, despite disruption to services. 

Our emergency services remain open and you should continue to come forward as normal in emergency and life-threatening cases - when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. 
Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support will be available through NHS111 online or by calling 111.   
Visit the NHS UK website for more information on when to call 999 and when to go to A&E.  

How the public can help use healthcare resources as best as possible: 

  • Please use A&E or call 999 if you are facing life-threatening illness or injury. Your NHS is here for you when you need it – especially if you or your loved ones become seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. 

  • If your relative is due to be discharged from hospital and needs to be collected, please do whatever you can to help bring them home as early as possible. This will help our teams to free-up a hospital bed for someone waiting to be admitted. 

  • The quickest way to receive medical help is via NHS111 online, but you can also use your GP, pharmacy or Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC): pharmacies can offer over-the-counter advice and treat common illnesses such as stings and allergies; UTCs can treat injuries such as sprains, strains, suspected fractures, bites, cuts, scalds, and other non-life-threatening conditions. Waiting times are usually much shorter than A&E. We have UTCs at: 

  • Ilkeston Community Hospital – 8am–8pm. Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8LN. Book in via 111. 

  • Nottingham's NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) – 7am–7pm – Seaton House, London Road, NG2 4LA, Tel: 0115 883 8500. No appointment necessary. 

  • Newark Hospital – 9am-10pm (last admission 9.30pm)  –Boundary Road, NG24 4DE