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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Industrial Action

There will be national industrial action carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on 18th and 19th January from 8am to 8pm. This will involve strike action by RCN members at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

Patients and visitors may notice activity on our sites today involving NHS staff who are taking part in national industrial action. There should be minimal disruption to traffic, but please take care when driving on site.

Trust staff and union representatives have worked together to ensure procedures are in place to ensure patient safety is maintained. However please be advised there may be some unavoidable delays and some services will not open on strike days

If a procedure or outpatient appointment has been cancelled, patients will have been contacted directly about this in advance. If patients have not heard from us, they should come in for their procedure or appointment as planned.

Our Emergency Department will be open, but we would ask patients to only attend if they need emergency medical treatment, and to expect unavoidable impacts of the strike action, such as longer waiting times.

For information on the services provided by Wirral Community Trust, who operate the Urgent Treatment Centre at Arrowe Park Hospital and who will operate a reduced service on strike days, please see this information

Please only come to hospital in an unplanned emergency or for an appointment that is still taking place.

If it is not an emergency, patients are asked to consider options such as visiting a pharmacist, contacting their GP, or visiting 111.nhs.uk.