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Nottinghamshire NHS reminds public to help get relatives home safely ahead of nurse strikes

Hospitals and health and care services across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are warning of disruption ahead of planned nurse strikes.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that industrial action by nurses will take place from 8pm on Sunday 30 April to 8pm on Tuesday 2 May.

These two days of strikes will fall over the bank holiday weekend, where services may already be under pressure.

The industrial action is expected to have a significant impact on health services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

For the first time, the RCN’s strike will also involve staff working in emergency departments, intensive care units, cancer care and other services that were previously exempt from strikes.

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Health leaders are encouraging the public to make sure they get prepared ahead of the bank holiday, choose the right service if you do need help and support staff by helping to get relatives discharged from hospital if they are ready to leave.

Dr Dave Briggs, Medical Director at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said:

“We are asking members of the public to consider which services they use during the next round of strike action, to help reduce unnecessary demand on our urgent care services.

“This includes using 111 online as the first port of call for health needs and continuing to only use 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

“We are working hard to prioritise resources to protect emergency treatment, critical care, neonatal care, maternity, and trauma. Please help us to prepare by allowing us to get relatives who are ready to be discharged home as quickly as possible, this helps us to free up a bed for someone who needs it.”

The NHS is also reminding the public to continue to attend any appointments as planned unless the NHS contacts them to reschedule due to strike action.

Please remember, where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support is available through NHS111 online, your nearest pharmacy or at urgent treatment centres.

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