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Industrial action by junior doctors – choose the right healthcare service

Patients are again asked to choose the right healthcare service during the latest round of industrial action.

Junior doctors will hold a five-day strike from 7am on Thursday 27th June until 7am on Tuesday 2nd July.

There will be some disruption to routine appointments and planned operations during this period, but the focus of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust will be on providing safe care for everyone who needs it.

We will contact you

If you were booked for an appointment or procedure during this time and it needs to be postponed, our team will contact you to confirm this.

We are working hard to re-arrange a new date for you as soon as possible and you will receive a new appointment letter when this is confirmed.

If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.

Choose the right service

We will continue to provide and prioritise urgent and emergency services, but we ask patients to take simple steps to help us to care for people in most urgent need of our services.

Please use NHS 111 online as your first port of call for your health needs and only call 999 for a life-threatening emergency.

Consultants and specialist doctors will still be working, and GP practices will be open during this period. Please continue to attend your GP and dental appointments unless you are contacted and told otherwise. Pharmacies will also remain open.

Patient safety

Jo Lydon, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at UHCW NHS Trust, said: “Patient safety is our top priority and we will be prioritising urgent and emergency care to make sure that those most in need get the best possible care.

“Patients who need urgent medical care should continue to come forward, especially in emergency and life-threatening situations.

“Our staff are doing everything they can to make sure that as many patient appointments go ahead but some disruption will be unavoidable.

“We apologise to any patients whose care is disrupted and we thank people for their support and patience during this period.”

Please visit the NHS UK website for more information on when to call 999 and when to go to A&E.

More information and frequently asked questions can be found on the NHS England website.

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