Industrial action - 30 April to 1 May
Strike action by members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will affect services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including those at Solent NHS Trust.
Solent members of the RCN are set to take part in strike action from 8pm on Sunday 30 April until 11.59pm on 1 May.
RCN members in other specific Trusts across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will also participate in the planned strike action.
Patient safety is of the upmost importance at all times.
We have worked closely with RCN representatives to make sure that people most in need continue to receive care. We have also planned carefully with staff to ensure that we can continue to provide safe care whilst supporting their right to take industrial action if they choose.
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NHS England South East Regional Chief Nurse, Acosia Nyanin, said: “Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.
“Patients should take advice from 111 / 999 call-handlers on whether there are circumstances where it is suitable for them to make their own way to hospital. During strike days, it is likely 999 call handlers will be very busy. NHS 111 call centres will have fewer staff, with longer call response times expected across the system. As a result, we are urging anyone with non-urgent care need to first seek help from NHS 111 online.”