People in Swindon and Wiltshire are being reminded of all the healthcare options available locally ahead of the next period of industrial action by junior doctors.
Between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April, junior doctors across the country, including many at the Great Western Hospital, will take part in strike action.
Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director, said: “Contingency plans are already in place to ensure that during these times the Great Western Hospital remains able to provide as many services to local people as safely possible.
“Fewer patients have been booked in on the strike days and our team of highly skilled consultants will be covering many of the duties usually carried out by their junior colleagues.
“With junior doctors not providing emergency cover during next week’s strikes, local people are reminded that the Emergency Department at GWH is for very serious or life-threatening conditions and injuries.
“We treat patients in order of clinical need, so some patients may be seen sooner using another local healthcare service.”
Local healthcare options
The Urgent Care Centre, which is located less than 100 metres from GWH’s Emergency Department, is open 24 hours a day and offers help for minor illnesses and injuries..
Staff there provide treatment for conditions such as sprains and strains, minor burns, bites, back and shoulder injuries and upset stomachs.
The centre also offers access to a GP without the need for an appointment and has a specialist children’s clinic for patients aged between 3 months and 18 years.
Additionally, the Carfax NHS Medical Centre in Swindon town centre can also offer local people advice and treatment for a wide range of issues including coughs, colds, emergency contraception and urinary tract infections.
The NHS 111 number is another way to quickly get medical help and advice at any time of day, with call handlers also able to signpost people to other NHS services.
Unless contacted attend as planned
Patients booked to attend hospital on the affected days will have already been contacted by us directly if their appointment has been affected.
Unless contacted, patients should assume their appointment is still taking place and attend hospital as planned.
Emergency patients and women in labour should also attend as normal.
A full list of the healthcare services available in Swindon and Wiltshire can be found on the Trust’s Facebook and Twitter pages as well as its website, www.gwh.nhs.uk.