Appointments could be cancelled as Junior Doctors strike at Warwickshire hospital

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Junior Doctors at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire will be striking tomorrow (Wednesday, February 10).

Some appointments will be rescheduled as a result of the action and patients will be notified by the hospital if they are affected.

The A&E department will be running as normal but people are urged to consider alternative options if it is not a life-threatening situation.

A UHCW spokesman said: “We would like to reassure our patients that although we are expecting industrial action on February 10 as a result of the national industrial action being taken by Junior Doctors, we will have plans in place which will minimise disruption and ensure services remain safe. Our contingency plans are being finalized and will include consultant staff providing urgent and emergency care as required.

“We may need to reschedule some patient appointments and decisions to reschedule appointments will be made by the patient’s specific doctor and patients will be contacted individually if they are affected. If patients have not been contacted they should turn up for their treatment as usual. We also do not anticipate any disruption to our Labour Ward or Lucina Birth Centre.

“Although A&E will be operating as usual, given the industrial action taking place, we would urge people to think sensibly about whether it is appropriate to attend or not. There will be extra pressure in the system and in order for us to be able to treat the sickest patients quickly we would ask that people consider using pharmacists or calling NHS 111.”