If you need medical assistance this bank holiday weekend, please choose NHS services wisely to make sure care is available to patients who need it most.
This includes using NHS 111 online as the first port of call for health needs and continuing to only use 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.
The Royal College of Nursing has announced that members will take strike action from Sunday 30 April to Monday 1 May 2023. This period includes a bank holiday Monday. This will impact some hospitals but not all in Camden and Islington.
Nurses make up a significant proportion of the NHS workforce so there is likely to be a great impact upon local services.
University College London Hospital is working hard to maintain safe care for their most critically ill patients who are in hospital during the strike.
UCLH will provide care in its emergency department for patients with a life-threatening illness or injury only. Please see their website for public information on the services provided https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/news/industrial-action-royal-college-nursing-over-bank-holiday
The NHS is asking patients to choose services wisely over this period and take simple steps to help ensure care is available to patients who need it most.
In addition, some GP and dental services will be available over the bank holiday weekend. If you have a health concern, try to contact your local practice, or use the NHS 111 online service for quick health advice.
Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, make sure you have enough of any medication you need as some pharmacies may have different opening hours or be closed. Use the NHS Find a Pharmacy site, which will be updated regularly to show the opening hours of local pharmacies, to find a pharmacy near you.