June 7, 2023

Junior doctors’ strike 14-17 June – help us to help you

Healthcare support during industrial action
Healthcare support during industrial action

The NHS in West Yorkshire is urging people to plan ahead for their healthcare needs as industrial action by junior doctors next week (14-17 June) will significantly impact services.

Some hospital appointments and planned treatment may need to be rearranged but please attend any booked appointments unless you hear otherwise. Healthcare teams will contact people as soon as possible if your appointment needs to be changed.

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that people who need urgent medical care continue to come forward, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

A range of local services will continue to be available to meet your healthcare needs during the industrial action, including your GP practice.

You can get face-to-face appointments for urgent problems and book routine appointments in advance and when your own GP practice is closed through the GP Care Wakefield service. The service is available between 5pm and 9.30pm on weekdays; 9am and 5pm on Saturdays; and 9am and 1pm on Sundays and 9am and 3pm on bank holidays. All you need to do is contact your own practice telephone number, at any time of day and you will get through to the right service.

King Street Walk in Centre, Wakefield, is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, between the hours of 10am and 10pm.

Call 111 or visit NHS111 online to get assessed and directed to the right place for you.

If you’re worried about your child’s health, you can find online healthcare advice recommended by local healthcare professionals at wyhealthiertogether.nhs.uk

You can also call into your local pharmacy for expert advice on many common illnesses such as headaches, sore throats and aches and pains, and there is no need to book an appointment.  Using Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) means your prescription will be ready without having to contact your GP each time. Ask your GP or pharmacist about eRD today.

Mental health support will continue to be available throughout the strike period. Visit https://togetherwe-can.com/mental-health/ for details of local services. For urgent help in a mental health crisis, call your local 24 hr helpline 0800 183 0558.

For information about a range of local services, including mental health support, please visit the Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership website. 


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