Public warned to expect significant service disruption ahead of upcoming NHS industrial action
Health leaders are urging members of the public to use services appropriately ahead of planned 72-hour industrial action by junior doctors – with all NHS Trusts across Cheshire and Merseyside set to be impacted.
The NHS is asking patients to seek emergency care if they need to during industrial action and take simple steps to help ensure care is available to patients who need it most.
This includes using services wisely by going to NHS 111 online as the first port of call for health needs and continuing to call 999 in a life-threatening emergency.
The NHS is asking patients to use services wisely during industrial action and take simple steps to help ensure care is available to patients who need it most.
This includes using 111 online as the first port of call for health needs and continuing to only use 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.
The North West Ambulance Service is asking the public to call 999 only in life-threatening situations on days affected by industrial action.
The GMB union, Unite and Unison have confirmed their members will take part in strike action on Wednesday 21 December 2022. GMB members will also strike on Wednesday 28 December 2022.
For Organ Donation Week, the Trust's Chair of Organ Donation, Caroline Stein has put together the following message:
Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October is the official Organ Donation Awareness week. All over the country there will be local events, television, press and radio articles and some buildings will turn pink all to raise the awareness of this vital cause.
The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: A statement from Ian Haythornthwaite, Chair and Dr Susan Gilby, Chief Executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
“We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family on behalf of everyone at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Olympic gold medal cyclist Chris Boardman, MBE, has opened a new cycle storage unit for Countess of Chester Hospital staff as the Trust launched its sustainable travel strategy.
Boardman, who is currently leading government body Active Travel England to create safer streets for cycling and walking, cut the ribbon on the new secure space for staff to lock up their bikes complete with adjacent changing facilities to use before and after travelling to work.
The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor John Leather, has opened a new Health and Wellbeing Garden for Countess of Chester Hospital staff.
The new garden has been designed for doctors, nurses, physios, pharmacists, porters and all other hospital staff to use for rest and relaxation in all weathers, with raised planting areas, covered seating spaces and decorative artwork celebrating the NHS’ impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.