Update on Industrial Action

Update on Industrial Action

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that industrial action will take place on Thursday, December 15 and Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at NHS trusts across England including Oxford Health

The Trust has robust plans in place to ensure our patients, carers and staff in both community health and mental health services are kept safe during strikes, while delivering the best care possible.

We are continuing to work closely with union representatives to make sure we can continue to provide key services on these days.

Patients should continue to attend appointments as planned unless contacted to reschedule.

Nobody should put off seeking urgent or emergency care during the strikes, with key services continuing to operate.

On days where there is strike action, patients should only call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency [when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk].

Ambulances will still be able to respond in these situations, but this may only be where there is an immediate risk to life.

Where the situation is not life-threatening, support will be available through NHS111 online or through NHS 111. This is for both urgent physical help and for accessing our Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire 24-7 mental health helpline.

If you need medical help but it’s not urgent, then your local pharmacy or GP will be best-placed to help.

GP services are not impacted by this strike action. Please continue to attend your GP appointments, unless you are contacted and told otherwise.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Published: 12 December 2022