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Doctors’ strike action—19-23 September

18 September 2023

Industrial action is taking place by doctors at our Trust from 7am Tuesday 19 September until 7am on Saturday 23 September.

Industrial action is taking place by doctors at our Trust from 7am Tuesday 19 September until 7am on Saturday 23 September.

Both our sites—West Middlesex University Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital—will be very busy on these days, as fewer medical staff will be working. Some community-based clinics may also be affected. 

We have tried and tested plans in place to ensure we can provide safe urgent and emergency care for patients who need it.

During this period, most of our sexual health clinics are expected to be open but some may run a reduced service. You will be notified if there are any changes to your appointment. Please contact your clinic if you need support and aren’t sure what to do.

Urgent or emergency healthcare during the strikes

It is important that people continue to seek help from the NHS when they need it, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases.

Our A&E departments will be very busy during the strikes so if you need medical care, but it is not an emergency, please consider other services including NHS 111, your GP or local pharmacy.

This will help you get directed to the best care for your needs, and ensure we can prioritise patients with the most urgent health needs.

  • Pharmacy: Your local pharmacist is an expert in medicines and can help you with minor health concerns—find a pharmacy near you
  • GP: GP surgeries are usually the first contact if you have a health problem, but please be aware that they may be busier during the strikes
  • NHS 111: If you need urgent care but it isn't life threatening, visit NHS 111or call 111 and speak to a trained advisor
  • 999 / A&E: In a life-threatening emergency, call 999 or visit your nearest A&E 

Will my planned appointment or treatment be rescheduled due to the strikes?

To help us to provide safe urgent and emergency care on the strike days, we will need to reschedule some non-urgent appointments and procedures. However, if we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned. Please be aware that there might be delays on the day.