West Suffolk Hospital urges public to continue “continue using our services wisely” following BMA strikes

The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is urging the public to continue using its services wisely following the conclusion of the most recent period of British Medical Association (BMA) industrial action.

The latest period, which saw BMA consultants and junior doctors take joint strike action for 72 hours from 7am on Monday, 2 October, to 7am on Thursday, 5 October has had a significant impact on its services.

The Trust is working hard to restore its services, rearrange postponed appointments and procedures, and helping patients return home.

Whilst we do this, many patients may experience longer waiting times than usual, particularly in the emergency department at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Matt Keeling, deputy chief operating officer for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“As we recover from this period of industrial action, we are asking the public to continue using our services wisely. You may experience a longer wait in our emergency department than usual, therefore, for all minor injuries and illnesses, please visit your local GP, NHS 111, or your local pharmacist.

“However, in an emergency or when someone’s life is at risk, we are here for you, and we encourage you to come forward or contact 999.”