Strike forces Sussex hospital trust to reschedule surgery

Princess Royal Hospital Haywards Heath SUS-150701-123513001
Princess Royal Hospital Haywards Heath SUS-150701-123513001

Health bosses at a hospital trust are working to make sure disruption from the proposed strike by junior doctors is ‘kept to a minimum’.

Junior doctors at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH), which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath are striking over changes to their contracts.

They are planning to walk out from 8am on December 1, until 8am on December 2.

The hospital trust said if patients have not been told their appointments are cancelled, then they should attend as usual.

A spokeswoman for BSUH said: “We have detailed, speciality-specific plans to ensure any potential disruption from the proposed strike is kept to a minimum.

“This includes ensuring all nurse-led services are fully covered during the dates for the proposed strike.

“Some elective surgery and outpatient appointments have been cancelled and rescheduled.

“Patients with planned surgery or appointments who have not heard from us should attend as normal.

“We would encourage the public to help keep our Emergency Department free for emergencies and use other services such as NHS 111, the Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital and the Brighton Station Health Centre if possible.”

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