‘Bank holiday-level’ service at Salisbury Hospital during strike

SALISBURY hospital is operating a ‘bank holiday-level’ service in the next four days during the latest doctors’ strike.

Junior doctors walked out at 7am this morning (August 11) and will return at 7am on Tuesday (August 15).

In response, NHS bosses said they expect the hospital to be ‘very busy’, with a focus on maintaining ‘safe and compassionate patient care’.

“Our hospital will be operating a Bank Holiday-level service,” a spokesperson from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said.

“The focus of the hospital during the days of strike action is to maintain safe and compassionate patient care.

“Our Accident & Emergency Department will be fully functional as will our Maternity Unit, and we will have safe staffing levels for all inpatients.

“We’re working to ensure our wards are safely staffed and that critical services are maintained.”

People are urged to consider alternative methods of treatment if they do not have ‘a life-threatening or critical illness or injury’.

They are advised, for minor injuries and illnesses, to contact a GP, local pharmacy or Salisbury Walk-In Centre.

“If you’re not sure, contact NHS111 online or by phone,” the spokesperson added.

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