Junior doctor’s strike action from 7am on Thursday 27 June 2024 until 7am on Tuesday 2 July 2024

Junior doctors at major hospitals and GP practices in mid and south Essex are scheduled to strike for five days. They will walk out at 7am on Thursday 27 June until 7am on Tuesday 2 July.

Top tips for local residents

The NHS website has lots of advice for minor symptoms. Visit the NHS website.

Please make sure you think very carefully about what services you contact. If you need urgent health help, use NHS 111 online for healthcare advice.

If you have a scheduled appointment with an NHS service and you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.

GP phone lines are likely to be busier than normal, so please be patient as practice staff try to help as many people as they can. If you have a computer or smartphone, you can use the NHS App or your GP practice’s e-consultation service.

Your local pharmacist can provide some prescription medicines for certain conditions, if needed, without a GP appointment. conditions include earache (children 0-17), impetigo, infected insect bites, shingles, sinusitis, sore throat and urinary tract infections (UTIs) for women ages 16-64.

Pick up basic essentials like paracetamol, ibuprofen, plasters, antiseptic cream, allergy medicine and indigestion remedies from pharmacies and supermarkets for less than the cost of a prescription.

If you need to order prescription medication or repeat prescriptions, please allow 72 hours’ notice, to both the GP practice and the pharmacy.

Visit the NHS website for a full list of services at your local pharmacy. To find your nearest pharmacy, use the ‘Find a Pharmacy’ tool.
Adults experiencing a mental health crisis, can speak to a professional 24/7 by calling NHS 111 and selecting the option for mental health. For under 18s, call 0800 995 1000.

Date published: 21st June, 2024
Date last updated: 21st June, 2024