Ambulance service braced for strike

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YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service is reassuring patients that it will keep disruption to a minimum despite today’s (Wednesday’s) one day national strike.

The emergency ambulance service will be operating at a reduced level between 6am and 6pm when the industrial action is expected to take place.

This will include members of the trust’s staff and the public is being urged to use the service for only serious and life-threatening conditions.

There is also likely to be some disruption to normal services for the remainder of the day.

Executive Director of Operations, Sarah Fatchett, said: “We will make every effort to get to patients as quickly and safely as possible and we will also be carrying out additional clinical triage over the telephone using doctors and senior clinicians in our emergency operations centres to ensure that we prioritise those patients who need our help the most.

“We are asking people to only call 999 for an ambulance in an emergency when it is obvious that someone has a life-threatening or serious illness or injury.

“We also ask that anyone requiring advice or treatment for a non-emergency situation or minor ailment considers options such as self-care, a visit to a local pharmacist, GP surgery or walk-in centre.

“We have also taken the difficult decision to scale back our Patient Transport Service and will only be running an essential service for patients with renal, oncology and palliative care appointments. “Our staff have been contacting all other patients to let them know about this change and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“If patients are able to make their own way to appointments they should check with the hospital or clinic first to ensure their appointment is still going ahead.”