At this stage, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust plans to run a significant number of outpatient and planned surgical procedures for patients on Tuesday 1 December.
These decisions to continue have been taken by senior doctors to ensure the safety of our patients. The Trust believes that it has the right and appropriate cover in place to manage safe planned care.
Unless patients receive a phone call from the hospital to rearrange their appointment, patients should still attend appointments on Tuesday 1 December.
We have also worked closely with our medical staff to ensure we provide the maximum possible emergency clinical cover on Tuesday 1 December. This has been possible due to the flexibility of all our staff across the range of services we provide.
However there will inevitably be additional pressure on the hospital on the day and all patients are asked to think carefully before attending our A&E or other emergency services this period of industrial action.
Patients are asked to seek advice from their pharmacist or see their GP or use minor injury clinics and urgent care centres close to Reading where they may be seen faster. This action will help to keep the hospital’s Emergency Department free to concentrate on those very sick patients who need our help most.
If patients are unsure where to go, they can call NHS 111 for the best help and advice for which local service to use. NHS 111 is a free telephone service available 24 hours a day, every day of the week and holds full details of all local health services, operating hours, which conditions can be treated where and how to get there. Simply dial 111.
Patients with genuine emergencies should be brought to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for treatment.
“All our efforts have been directed at providing safe cover and minimising disruption to our patients during the planned strike, including for some surgical procedures,” said Mary Sherry, Chief Operating Officer.
“We hare rearranged care for a small number of patients but for all others at this stage they should plan to attend hospital unless they hear from us by phone on Monday 30 November.
“Our planning for Tuesday has been in collaboration with our senior doctors and all decisions have been clinically led to ensure the safety of our patients.
“We do anticipate a challenging day but our staff have demonstrated a very high level of flexibility to ensure the safe care of our patients and we would like to thank them for this.”