People urged to support the local NHS ahead of joint historic industrial action

October 2, 2023


The NHS in Sussex is calling on the public’s support to help ensure emergency care is available for those in most need as consultants and junior doctors strike together.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced consultants and junior doctors will take part in joint strike action from 7am, Monday, 2 October to 7am, Thursday, 5 October.

The NHS in Sussex will prioritise patient safety during next week’s industrial action, with all health and care partners in Sussex working together to ensure that critical services will continue to be available.

NHS leaders are very grateful to people for their support during the previous periods of industrial action so far this year, and are calling for the public to continue to support the NHS by taking the following actions:

  • Choose the most appropriate NHS service for needs and only use 999 and A&E or Emergency Departments for serious or life-threatening emergencies.
  • Use an alternative NHS service and to use NHS 111 first either online or by phone for anything that isn’t a life-saving emergency.
  • Know it may take longer than expected to be seen and treated for those patients who attend emergency departments, but do not have time-critical or life-threatening conditions.
  • Collect family and friends from hospital as soon as they are ready to be discharged.
  • Stay away from hospitals if showing the symptoms of flu or Covid (or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive), unless it is an emergency.

Planned appointments and clinics will be affected by the industrial action; however, people should attend their appointments unless they are contacted directly by the NHS.

Patients do not need to contact their NHS service or team in advance, the team will contact patients directly if an appointment needs to be rescheduled.

For more information please visit the NHS Sussex Website here: 

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