11 January 2016
As you may be aware, the British Medical Association (BMA) has confirmed that junior doctors will be taking industrial action between 8 am on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 and 8 am Wednesday, 13 January 2016.
We will be providing a full urgent and emergency care service during this period, however we have had to cancel and reschedule a small number of non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
All patients affected by any cancellations should now have been contacted by the Trust. If you haven’t been contacted, your operation or appointment will go ahead as planned however it would help us if you are able to let us know if you are not able to make your appointment. Please contact us using the contact details on your appointment or operation letter.
Helping us manage demand
As stated above, patients in need of urgent and emergency care on 12 January will continue to receive the treatment they need.
However, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal, including in our Emergency Departments at Sunderland Royal Hospital and Sunderland Eye Infirmary).
As always, we are urging people to help us manage demand, and use emergency services wisely; and where appropriate to consider other healthcare alternatives to A&E such as visiting their pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111, or visiting one of the Urgent Care Centres around the City.
Industrial action on 26-28 January and 10 February 2016
Further industrial action has also been announced for 26-28 January and 10 February 2016. Again there is likely to be some disruption to services and some non-urgent appointments or operations will be affected. We are currently assessing the impact and will be providing updates on our website and our Twitter page in due course.