Trust continues to deliver planned care on junior doctors' strike day
It is too early for final figures because some shifts have not yet started, but early reports from RBFT is that, of our 358 Junior Doctors, 77 were due in at work for the morning shift; 40 reported for work and up to 37 may have taken industrial action. These figures will be firmed up over the next few days.
Junior Doctors worked really hard with teams on Monday before the industrial action to get ahead on a lot of ward tasks and to ensure that patients fit for discharge were able to leave the hospital ahead of the planned strike.
The Trust would like to thank matrons, all staff, including clinical teams, and volunteers who have taken on extra work today. The flexibility and good will of our Consultants and clinical teams covering for those taking industrial action over the day means we are planning to see up to 2,367 people in our outpatient clinics, carry out 20 inpatient operations (including urology and cancer procedures), 68 day case operations. Maternity services are unaffected. In addition we have undertaken a range of other planned care including endoscopy procedures, eye operations and orthopaedic work.
Our Accident and Emergency department has remained busy and under pressure following the effects of the new year and therefore, as on recent days patients may experience some long waits, for which we apologise. Our main focus remains ensuring that, working with our community partners, patients no longer requiring hospital treatment are discharged, to ensure we have room for our patients with complex health needs who need care.