Health bosses say majority of patients will be unaffected by strike

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HIGH Peak residents are being reassured that all emergency and urgent care will be provided across the NHS today when members of the British Medical Association are taking industrial action.

All GP surgeries will be open but some may be providing a reduced service by treating only urgent cases. Patients who need to see a GP urgently should ring their GP surgery for an appointment as usual. Hospitals and GP surgeries should have contacted patients in advance if routine appointments or operations have been cancelled. Any patients in doubt should check their hospital, clinic or surgery website.

Patients who are ill and needing non-urgent treatment can call the ‘111’ health line where experienced advisers and nurses will be on hand to help any patients needing non-urgent medical advice. Local pharmacies are another good source of medical advice and can provide a range of non-prescription medicines to treat a variety of illnesses including coughs and colds and stomach upsets.

Keith Mann, head of primary care for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “The vast majority of patients in general practice will be unaffected by the industrial action on 21 June.

“All of our patients can be reassured that GP surgeries in Derbyshire will be open and GPs who are taking part in industrial action will still see urgent and emergency patients. It’s important that patients who need to see a GP urgently should ring the GP surgery for an appointment as usual.”