The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that strike action will occur on Thursday, 15 December and Tuesday, 20 December.
This action will only be in force at employers where the threshold was met as part of the RCN ballot. Employers who met the required threshold in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire include:
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
GMB at East Midlands Ambulance Service received enough votes to have a mandate to strike and take action short of a strike.
Strike action is planned to take place on Wednesday, 21 December and Wednesday, 28 December 2022.
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB said:
‘We would like to reassure you that we are working together across the system to try and mitigate the disruption to the public.
‘We do not yet know the extent to which services will be affected but we will update this page once we have more detail.’
In the meantime, there are a number of ways the public can support the local NHS.
ICB advice on how you can help the local healthcare system:
- NHS 111 can tell you where to get help for your symptoms if you’re not sure what to do, how to find general health information and advice, where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medication and how to get a repeat prescription. You can also call NHS 111 to speak to a clinician and make bookings for urgent treatment centres and other services. The online and telephone services are available 24/7.
- Urgent Treatment Centres treat injuries including sprains, strains, suspected fractures, bites, cuts, scalds, and other non-emergency conditions. Waiting times are usually much shorter than A&E.
- We have UTCs at:
- Nottingham – The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7 am-7 pm. You don’t need an appointment to attend. Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA Tel: 0115 883 8500
- Newark – Newark Hospital is open 9 am-10 pm (last patient admitted at 9.30 pm). It can be found on Boundary Road, NG24 4DE
- Sutton In Ashfield Primary Care 24 is open 24 hours a day and can be found at King’s Mill Hospital, NG17 4JL
- Ilkeston Community Hospital – is open 8 am – 8 pm. It can be found on Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8LN. You can book this service via 111.
- Anyone in mental health distress should call the Mental Health Crisis Line: 0808 196 3779 – the helpline is open 24 hours a day.
- Pharmacists are experts in medicine who can help you with minor health concerns. As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. If symptoms suggest something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to ensure you get the help you need and can signpost you to see a GP or other healthcare professional.
- Find a pharmacy near you: Find a pharmacy – NHS (www.nhs.uk)