KGH: Don’t use A&E unless necessary during doctors’ strike

Kettering General Hospital has asked people not to attend A&E unless absolutely necessary during next week's doctors' strike
Kettering General Hospital has asked people not to attend A&E unless absolutely necessary during next week's doctors' strike

Kettering General Hospital has asked people not to attend A&E unless absolutely necessary during next week’s doctors’ strike.

Junior doctors are planning to take industrial action over on proposed changes to their contracts on Tuesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 2.

KGH medical director Dr Andrew Chilton said: “The trust is working closely with doctors, and staff of all grades, across all departments, to ensure the planned industrial action does not affect patient safety.

“We do anticipate there will be an impact by the action on some routine surgical lists and some outpatient clinics. Our message to patients is that they should attend their hospital appointments as normal unless they are advised by us otherwise.

“For any patients who will be affected we will be advising them of this in advance by letter and/or phone call so that we can re-arrange their appointment.

“All emergency services – such as A&E and our emergency assessment units and emergency theatres – will be operational during this first day of action and so will our wards and departments.

“Clearly though there will be a level of reduced staffing in some areas and we would appeal to the public only to use emergency services if they absolutely have to during this period.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may arise for patients from the action.”