Information for the public on Industrial action -  February 2024

The NHS in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire is working hard to keep people safe during the planned strikes, while delivering the best care possible.

Junior doctors will be taking part in a period of industrial action on the following dates:

  • 7am, Saturday 24th February to 11:59pm Wednesday 28th February

During this time, hospitals will be providing a level of service similar to that on Christmas Day, which means routine appointments and operations are likely to be postponed and waiting times for urgent care longer than usual.

Locally, this period of strike action will affect services at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Salisbury District Hospital and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

If you have an appointment, please continue to come forward for the care you need. Please don’t call to check if your appointment is going ahead. You will be contacted directly if your appointment needs to be rearranged.

Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support will be available through NHS 111 online as the first port of call. Please continue to only use 999 if it is a serious or life-threatening emergency. For more information on when to call 999 and when to go to A&E, you can visit the NHS UK website.

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


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