King’s Lynn’s QEH reassures patients ahead of strike

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Patients at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been reassured ahead of next week’s junior doctors strike.

Doctors will be walking out on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27.

Members of the British Medical Association will also be withdrawing emergency cover as part of the contract dispute with the Government.

The Gayton Road hospital has cancelled 128 surgical outpatients appointments, 180 medical outpatient appointments and 21 paediatric outpatient appointments

Hospital chief executive Dorothy Hosein said: “As always our primary commitment is the welfare of patients and the priority during our emergency planning has been and will continue to be their safety and care.

“We are doing our best to make sure that, as far as possible, we operate as normally as we can for the forthcoming strikes including our emergency departments. However, there will be a number of cancellations.

“As with previous strikes, we will contact any of our patients that are affected. If you have not heard from us, but have an appointment on a strike day, please attend as normal.”

West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group is urging people to plan ahead and to avoid A and E during the forthcoming strike and May Bank Holiday.

Patients are advised to try their local pharmacy, GP, NHS 111 or a Walk In Centre in Norwich.

A statement from the CCG said: “Staff will be under significant pressure and the CCG is urging people to consider alternatives to A&E.

“Patients are also urged to plan ahead making sure they have sufficient medication to see them through.”