Hospital patient safety is top priority during strike action

Scunthorpe General Hospital
Scunthorpe General Hospital

Contingency plans are in place to ensure all emergency and inpatients will be treated during the proposed national strike action planned for Monday November 24.

Patients scheduled to be seen as an outpatient that day should come to the Trust’s hospitals – Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole – as normal unless they are contacted.

Our emergency centres (A&E), theatres, hyperacute stroke unit, high dependency unit, intensive care units and oncology services will all be running as normal.

Wendy Booth, head of performance assurance, said: “Plans are in place ahead of the national strike next week to ensure disruption to our patients is kept to a minimum. Maintaining the safety of our patients is our top priority.

“We have been negotiating with the unions to secure some exemptions to the strike – areas where we care for our most high risk patients.”

Strike action is taking place on Monday November 24 between 7am and noon when a number of unions participate in the national action. This will be followed by a period of action short of strike action.

Patients should be aware of the following:

· All emergency patients will continue to be treated

· Existing inpatients will continue to be treated

· Some elective gynaecology operations have been cancelled – patients will be notified

· Community midwifery clinics have been cancelled, although all urgent appointments will continue as normal

· Patients undergoing treatment for cancer will continue to receive treatment.

Radiographers and sonographers are striking between 8am and noon which means the walk-in service for people referred by their GP for a non-urgent x-ray will not be running between these times. People are advised to attend on another day or after 1pm.

Tracey Broom, general manager for diagnostics, therapeutics and central operations, said: “Plans are in place to ensure all emergency, urgent inpatients and emergency theatre patients requiring x-rays, CTs, MRIs or ultrasounds are seen. However, those people requiring non-urgent x-rays or scans may face a delay if they turn up at our hospitals.”

Services which will be affected include:

· Grimsby hospital – planned and non-urgent referrals for x-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound. Routine and non-urgent referrals for the breast care unit

· Scunthorpe hospital – planned and non-urgent referrals for x-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound

· Goole hospital – planned and non-urgent referrals for x-ray and ultrasound.

Wendy said: “At this stage we are unsure exactly what affect the strike action may have, but are planning to ensure patients needing treatment during the period will be seen and treated appropriately, and that patients staying with us continue to receive the quality treatment they expect and deserve.

“Patients who do not hear from us and have appointments for that day should attend as usual.”

Anyone who has any concerns on the day itself should contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on either (01472) 875403 or (01724) 290132.