NHS Industrial Action Update

NHS industrial action continues on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th February.

IMPORTANT - Due to strike action, the St Helens Urgent Treatment Centre is operating as appointment only.
Please call 111 if you think you need to book an appointment or visit a walk in centre in Knowsley, Halton or Liverpool.
NO walk-ins accepted.

Royal College of Nursing members at a number of NHS organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside plan to join strike action on the same day as Unite and GMB members of North West Ambulance Service.
Industrial action by North West Ambulance Service staff is planned on the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 16th - GMB members only
  • Monday, February 20th - GMB members only
  • Wednesday, February 22nd - Unite members only
  • Monday, March 6th - Unite and GMB members only
  • Monday, March 20th - Unite and GMB members only

Meanwhile, industrial action by Royal College of Nursing members is planned on Monday 6th February and Tuesday 7th February and is set to impact St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who run Whiston Hospital, St Helens Hospital and the St Helens Urgent Treatment Centre which may impact on opening hours on strike days.

For up to date information you can visit their strike page here

Strike action is also taking place at the following NHS Trusts:

  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Please visit the individual Trust website's strike page for more detailed information on impact to services.

What if I need medical help on a strike day?

Anyone that requires medical help during this time should think before dialling 111 or 999, but they should not hesitate when someone is seriously injured or ill, and their life could be at risk. When it's not an emergency, please use the online symptom checker at 111.nhs.uk

NHS 111 Online can tell you:

  • Where to get help for your symptoms
  • How to find general health information and advice
  • Where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine
  • How to get a repeat prescription

More information about when to call 999 and when to go to A&E is available via the national NHS website.

What if I have a hospital appointment on a strike day?

If your appointment is affected, the hospital will contact you directly by phone. If you are not contacted, please attend your appointment as planned. You do not need to contact the department in advance.