British Medical Association Strike Action – Thursday 21 June

Members of British Medical Association are taking industrial action this Thursday, 21 June. Patients are being assured that all emergency and urgent care will be provided.

All GP surgeries will be open as usual but some may be providing a reduced service by treating only urgent cases.  Local hospitals will also continue to see patients for urgent and emergency appointments.

If you have an appointment scheduled for the 21 June and have not been notified of any change, you should attend.

Remember, A+E and 999 services are for people with a life threatening or serious condition that needs immediate attention, such as a heart attack, a stroke, breathing problems, or a serious accident.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust is working with local providers in all areas to minimise disruption to patients. Our Walk in Centres and GP Out of Hours services will be fully staffed.

Please see below for information about where to access treatment if you are unable to see your doctor.

  • Hangover, sore throat or cough?

Self care. Very minor illnesses and injuries can be easily treated at home using medicine cabinet essentials like plasters, bandages, antiseptic creams and over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol and cough medicine.

  • Diarrhoea, runny nose, painful cough or headache?

Visit your local pharmacy. Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional and can give you the advice and medicines you need to treat yourself when you have a common health problem which does not require attention from a doctor or nurse.

  • Vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or back ache?

See your GP. Make an appointment with your local GP when you have an illness or injury that will not go away. These will be booked in before or after Thursday 21 June.

  • Cuts, rashes or strains?

Visit an NHS walk-in centre or minor injuries unit. If you need medical treatment or advice that does not need a visit to A&E, an NHS walk-in centre or minor injuries unit is the best choice. You do not need to make an appointment and you will be seen by an experienced nurse.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides Walk In Centres in Leigh, St Helens and Widnes, which will be fully staffed on 21 June. Details are available here.

  •  Choking, chest pain, severe bleeding or blacking out?

Go to A&E or call 999. If you need immediate emergency care for serious illness or life-threatening situations, go to A&E or call 999.

  • Unwell or unsure?

Call NHS Direct. If you are unsure or have any questions, call 0845 4647 or visit

Bridgewater GP Out of Hours services will be fully staffed and operating as normal on 21 June.

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan GP Out of Hours can be contacted Monday to Friday from 6.30pm until 8am on 01942 829911.

Warrington Emergency GP Out of Hours can be contacted Monday to Friday from 6pm to 8am on 01925 650999.

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