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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Industrial action by junior doctors - Tuesday 12 January – Wednesday 13 January

Published: 11/01/2016

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is reassuring its service users and their carers over industrial action planned by junior doctors from 8am on Tuesday 12 January to 8am on Wednesday 13 January.

Peter Lewis, Executive Medical Director said:

“As always, the safety and quality of care provided to our service users and their carers is our top priority and we have robust plans in place to ensure that the impact of this industrial action on our service users is minimised as far as possible.  To ensure that we are able to maintain our emergency response to those most in need, some routine outpatient appointments and clinics have been suspended on Tuesday 12 January and those service users affected have been notified of this. Anyone with concerns or queries about an appointment should call the telephone number given in their appointment letter or contact their care co-ordinator.

Patients of community mental health teams who are in distress and need to be seen urgently should call their usual contact telephone number or attend in person.  Alternatively they can call our PALS customer relations between 8am and 8pm on 0800 953 0045 or outside of these hours call our 24 hour switchboard on 0121 301 0000.

People who are not already in contact with our services who are experiencing mental health problems or are worried about a relative or friend, should contact their General Practitioner (GP) in the first instance or contact NHS 111 by dialling 111 24 hours a day.  If it’s an emergency and someone’s life is at risk you should dial 999.”