NHS leaders are urging local people ahead of this week's industrial action to only access A&E or 999 if their condition is life-threatening or very serious.

While the NHS locally is making plans to minimise disruption as far as they can, they have warned that the strike will pose substantial challenges after the weekend to both emergency care and planned care services.

The highest priority will be to care for those in most immediate and urgent need.

What strikes are taking place? 

Monday 6 February - Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and GMB Ambulance Service Workers

Tuesday 7 February - Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Thursday 9 February - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

The coordinated industrial action on Monday 6 February includes RCN members at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals) it also includes GMB union members at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

On Tuesday, Febraury 7  industrial action involves RCN members at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

On Thursday, February 9 members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) will take industrial action at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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However, patients who have a planned hospital operation, procedure or outpatient appointment on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday should attend as usual unless they hear from their NHS Trust to advise otherwise.

On Monday, life threatening calls and other very serious conditions that may require urgent assessment will continue to be responded to, but other calls will have to be prioritised accordingly with longer waits expected.

NHS leaders have warned that local NHS services, including hospitals, are already under significant pressure due in large part to a rise in seasonal illness, COVID-19 and related staffing pressures.

Gloucestershire’s NHS Trusts are also working to provide as much planned care - operations, procedures and outpatients appointments - as possible, but the local NHS has said that some services will need to be rearranged.

The Trusts are asking relatives and carers to do everything they can to work with their staff to get their loved ones home from the hospital as quickly and as safely as possible with additional support, if necessary, from local NHS community services or adult social care teams.