Junior doctors in the South strike

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NHS bosses in the South say patients face major disruption for five days from today, as the latest strike takes place during the hottest week of the year so far.

Junior doctors won’t be back in hospitals until 7 am next Tuesday.

We are being reminded to use GPs – out-of-hours services, and even pharmacies to help with minor issues and only to go to A&E in an emergency.

Heat advice from NHS Sussex:


Anyone can become unwell when the weather is hot. People who are at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell include:

  • older people aged 65 years and over (note change from previous guidance of 75 years of age and above)
  • babies and young children aged 5 years and under
  • people with underlying health conditions particularly heart problems, breathing problems, dementia, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, or mobility problems
  • people on certain medications
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people who are already ill and dehydrated (for example from diarrhoea and vomiting)
  • people who experience alcohol or drug dependence
  • people who are physically active and spend a lot of time outside such as runners, cyclists and walkers
  • people who work in jobs that require manual labour or extensive time outside
  • people experiencing homelessness, including rough sleepers and those who are unable to make adaptations to their living accommodation such as sofa surfers or living in hostels.
  • people who live alone and may be unable to care for themselves

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