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NHS sets out advice for the public during industrial action

Ambulance workers are due to be on strike at nine out of 10 ambulance trusts tomorrow.

The NHS is already facing record demand on urgent and emergency care services.

October and November were the busiest on record for A&E attendances and the most serious ambulance callouts.

Industrial action means these services will be under increased pressure so it is more important than ever that people use the services which are available appropriately.

This includes using NHS 111 online as the first port of call for health needs and continuing to only use 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

You should continue to call 999 if you require life-saving care - but if your situation is not life-threatening you may have to wait longer than usual for an ambulance.

General practice, community pharmacies, and dentistry are not affected by tomorrow's strike action.

The NHS is also asking the public to play their part by not only looking after themselves and loved ones, but by checking in on vulnerable family members and neighbours.

Posted on Dec 20, 2022.

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