29 September 2023

Strike action taking place in October

Important information for patients

Consultants and Junior Doctors will strike together from 7am Monday 2 October to 7am Thursday 5 October.

Radiographers will strike from 8am on Tuesday 3 October to 8am on Wednesday 4 October.

There will therefore be no walk-in service for X-ray whilst the Radiographers are on strike, including the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Northern General Hospital, and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. The Royal Hallamshire Hospital Minor Injuries Unit and the Northern General Hospital Medical Same Day Emergency Care Unit (SDEC) will remain open throughout the strike periods.

We are working hard to make sure we can continue to provide emergency and life-preserving services on the strike days. However, to help us safely manage the impact of the strikes, we anticipate we will need to postpone some non-urgent appointments and procedures scheduled for the strike days.

Our teams will contact patients directly if we need to re-schedule your operation or appointment. However, if you have an appointment at any of our hospitals on these days, including for a scan, please assume this is going ahead unless you have been told otherwise.

Helping us manage demand

If you need medical advice but it’s not an emergency, pleaseconsider using a different service to get the care you need. You could:

  1. Call NHS 111 or visit the NHS 111 website
  2. Make an appointment with your GP
  3. Go to a local pharmacist
  4. https://sheffieldurgentcare.co.uk/

In our Emergency Departments (A and E), we will assess you as quickly as we are able to. If we feel you need to stay, we will aim to treat you as soon as possible, based on the urgency of your clinical need.
If we feel you could be seen elsewhere, we will ask you to do so and advise you on the most appropriate place to go. If you then decide to stay, please be aware that you could be waiting a long time to be seen.
Please treat all staff with respect during this busy time. Thank you for your support, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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