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Operations could be cancelled during strikes by doctors

Patients at Southampton General Hospital could have their operation cancelled during strikes Credit: ITV Meridian

Patients in Hampshire could have their operations cancelled - if strikes by junior doctors go ahead.

Southampton General Hospital and The Royal County Hospital in Winchester are among those affected.

It follows a ballot last week where junior doctors across England voted to strike during three days in December.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust trust responsible for both hospitals says it's working to minimise disruption to patients.

Patients at Royal Hampshire County Hospital could have their operation cancelled during strikes Credit: ITV Meridian

"Since the announcement (of strike action), human resources and senior clinical staff across University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have been working alongside junior doctor representatives and the BMA to develop plans to minimise disruption to patients.

"To ensure our hospitals run as safely and as effectively as possible during the periods of strike action, we expect to cancel some outpatient clinics and non-urgent theatre lists to reallocate clinical staff in other areas.

"Any patients who will be affected if strike action goes ahead will be contacted via telephone and letter beforehand.

"The letter will state that their appointment has been cancelled and will be rescheduled but, if strike action does not go ahead, they should attend their appointment as planned.

"Patients whose appointments will not be affected will not hear from us and should plan to attend hospital as normal."

– Dr Caroline Marshall Chief operating officer University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

"Our priority will be the safety of everyone in our care and ensuring we continue to see urgent and emergency patients who need our help on the strike days.

"Patients should continue to attend the hospital as normal unless they have been contacted by the hospital to make alternative arrangements."

– Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


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