Salisbury Hospital operations could be cancelled during strike

OPERATIONS and outpatient appointments at Salisbury Hospital could be cancelled during strike action this week.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing are set to walkout on Wednesday and Thursday (January 18 and 19) in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Salisbury District Hospital says it will be operating a Bank Holiday level service.

“The focus of the hospital during the two days of strike action is to maintain safe and compassionate patient care,” a spokesperson said.

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

“However, many of our outpatient clinics and planned surgery may be unable to go ahead as planned.

“Patients impacted will be contacted directly by the hospital. If you are not contacted directly we would ask you to attend as planned.

“The hospital has been working closely with the Royal College of Nursing to ensure our wards are safely staffed and that critical services are maintained.

“We would ask anyone that attends the hospital during the two days of industrial action to please be aware that staff will be stretched by the industrial action and to be prepared to wait a little longer or have appointments delayed.”

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