RS107762_PG2_4214-scrRoyal Surrey County Hospital has produced a robust contingency plan following the announcement by the British Medical Association (BMA) that junior doctors would strike today.

The industrial action will be take place from 8am on Wednesday February 10, to 8am on Thursday February 11.

Our priority is always to provide a safe level of care for all of our patients.

The Trust will continue to offer a full emergency service during the strike, but is advising people to use A&E wisely.

We would like to remind people that their GP, 111, walk-in-centre and pharmacist may be able to help them.

In a real emergency they should attend A&E, but if they have a minor injury or ailment they may have to wait, as we prioritise patients according to clinical need.

For all day and outpatient appointments, we are planning to maintain as many of these as possible, so unless patients are contacted by the hospital, they should come for their appointment as normal.

We are expecting the hospital to remain busy even after the industrial action has concluded and as a result would ask people to keep A&E for those who really need it.

We would like to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding during this period.

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