Ambulance trust's plea during today's GP strikeBy Laura McCardle
June 21, 2012
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is encouraging people to consider their options during today's strike and avoid unnecessary ambulance call outs.
Last month the British Medical Association announced doctors would be taking industrial action today over major changes to their pensions, saying all emergency care would still go ahead but non-urgent cases would be postponed.
SCAS is urging people to think carefully about where to receive medical help, for example a pharmacy or walk-in health centre, if their GP surgery is closed.
SCAS, which will carry out all emergency and urgent care as normal, is also encouraging people to contact NHS Direct for advice on any symptoms they have.
Anyone suffering from a life-threatening emergency, such as a heart attack, severe loss of blood, difficulty breathing or a serious accident, should call 999 immediately.
For advice, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit www.nhs.uk/nhsdirect.