Advice to patients during the junior doctors' strike
Leading health professionals are calling for people to use NHS services wisely during the junior doctors’ strike.
Junior doctors are due to take part in escalated industrial action between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April. Unlike previous strikes, this planned action will involve a full walk-out.
As this is unprecedented action the potential impact on services is unknown but everyone in the NHS is working together to prioritise patient safety and making plans to maintain services where possible.
Raising awareness of the availability of care at the four minor injury units run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust is being highlighted as part of the advice to patients.
Four-year-old Edward Ryan (pictured) was brought into Ilkeston's minor injury unit after giving his mum Gemma from Heanor a fright this morning, after burning his hand on a hot hob in the kitchen at home. Soon after arrival in the unit Edward's hand was treated and bandaged by staff nurse David Cross - just one of the 50,000-plus patients who are treated in Derbyshire's four minor injury units each year.
Leading staff from Derby Teaching Hospitals, the region’s GP practices, and NHS provider organisations are urging people to think carefully about which services they use so A&E medics are available to treat serious and emergency cases.
Derby Urgent Care Centre (DUCC) in Osmaston Road is available for help, advice and treatment of common injuries and illnesses that are urgent but not life-threatening. There’s no need to book an appointment to see one of the urgent care clinicians working at the centre, which is open 8am to 8pm every day.
Dr Paul Wood, Chair of the Urgent Care Board at NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Please think about the care you need during this strike action, plan ahead wherever possible and help us take some pressure off the system.
"Visit the DUCC for urgent but not life-threatening illnesses or injuries, see your pharmacist for advice for non-urgent conditions, or call NHS 111, and remember that your local GP, and out of hours GP, is available to help you.
"Teams at the Royal Derby Hospital have done an exceptional job during the previous strike action and we’re calling for the public’s help and support so they function effectively during this unprecedented strike action.”
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Dr Nigel Sturrock, Executive Medical Director at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "We have drawn up detailed plans to provide cover during this escalated strike action when our priority will be to look after those patients who do need to be in our hospitals but we appeal to the public to help us by staying away unless they have a genuine medical emergency.”
William Jones, Chief Operating Officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Ripley and Ilkeston Community Hospitals (minor injury units), said: "William Jones, Chief Operating Officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Ripley and Ilkeston Community Hospitals (minor injury units), said: "We’d urge patients to remember they can turn up without appointments to receive treatment at our minor injury units, which are not directly affected by the strike action. Our emergency nurse practitioners and other members of the MIU team are on standby to treat patients who need urgent care but don’t require care in a full-scale A&E department. We can deal with broken bones, cuts, burns and wound infections, as well as other problems like back, shoulder and chest injuries. Our service runs seven days a week between 8am and 10pm and more details about where to find us and what we can offer are on our website:http://www.dchs.nhs.uk/home.”
The majority of outpatient clinics and elective procedures will be cancelled to ensure senior doctors can be redeployed. Patients are being notified of any cancellations and can check Derby Teaching Hospitals’ website for latest available information at www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk
Minor injury units can be found at Buxton Hospital, Ilkeston Community Hospital, Ripley Hospital and Whitworth Hospital, Darley Dale. All are open 8am to 10pm.
Pharmacists can help with expert advice on how to look after yourself and advice on the safe supply and use of medicines. They can also help with a wide range of minor medical issues including; coughs/colds, aches/pains, stomach upsets, bites or stings, conjunctivitis, earache, emergency contraception, diarrhoea, temperature.
People can talk to a pharmacist in confidence and no appointment is needed. A pharmacist can help you decide if you need to see a doctor.