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Ashford Hospital

Consultant doctors and dentists will be taking strike action for 48 hours from 7.00am Thursday 20 July until 7.00am Saturday 22 July. This follows five days of Junior Doctors’ strike action which ended 7.00am on Tuesday 18 July.

We anticipate a large number of our consultants will be taking industrial action.

To ensure patient safety in emergency care, unfortunately we will need to rearrange planned cancer care and elective surgery on those strike days and we apologise in advance. If this strike action impacts your planned care, we will be contacting you directly by letter or telephone to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. We appreciate this can be a distressing time but we will do everything we can to rebook your surgery or treatment as soon as possible.

If your appointment / procedure is rearranged (and you have requested transport to and from your appointment) please ensure you cancel this in advance by calling us on 0300 123 9840.

Please continue to attend all appointments unless you are contacted and advised otherwise.

It’s really important patients in need of urgent medical care during this strike period continue to come forward. If you need urgent medical advice please visit NHS 111 online or call 111 - and 111 can put you in touch with the services you need – including out of hours GP services, walk-in centres, pharmacies and A&E, if that’s where you need to be. In an emergency or life threatening situation people should continue to call 999.

We ask that you be patient during strike action as NHS services will be busier and waiting times longer. Please remember to keep A&E and 999 for medical emergencies only.


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