Warning over delays at A&E

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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HOSPITAL patients were warned to expect delays and “think carefully” about attending A&E tomorrow as health support workers join the picket lines in a day of strike action.

Hospital bosses say they are working with unions to ensure a safe standard of care when support staff take part in the national strike.

Although medical staff like doctors and nurses will work as normal, support staff such as porters and administration staff are expected to take part in industrial action.

Patients have been warned delays are likely and asked to “think carefully” before attending A&E on the day.

A “Christmas Day” type service will be in place so essential and emergency services will be available.

Patients suffering from minor conditions like colds and stomach ache are asked instead to visit a local pharmacist to avoid extra pressure on the skeleton staff.

Patients are expected to find out today if their planned appointments are cancelled and have pledged to reschedule as soon as possible.

Pat Oliver, director of operations for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are working very hard to minimise disruption to patients. “