Industrial Action

17 January 2023

Strikes.jpgThe Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that further industrial action will take place at NHS trusts across England, this week, on Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January 2023. This follows the industrial action that took place on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December 2022.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of the NHS organisations, nationwide, that will be participating in this industrial action.  This means that some of our staff, (that are members of the RCN) will be participating in the planned strikes.

We support and respect the right of our staff to take part in this lawful industrial action. As always, our priority is the keeping our patients and our services safe throughout this industrial action and we have been working with our staff and union partners to manage the impact this may have on patients, visitors, and our colleagues.

To help us safely manage the impact of industrial action, some of our services may be reduced and some routine and non-urgent appointments and procedures may have been rescheduled.  All patients affected should have already been contacted. If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.

Where to go for non-urgent and urgent care
If you need medical help but it's not urgent, then your local Pharmacy, Minor Injuries Unit or GP will be best placed to help. If unsure where to get support contact NHS 111 who can provide advice and direct you to the best place.

If you are in need of urgent mental Health support, please contact NHS 111 and speak to our Mental Health Triage Service. You can find a list of services available for anyone needing mental health support on our help in a crisis webpage.

.If you require urgent care, please contact NHS 111.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 999.

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