Strike: Sheffield folk today urged to use A&E for emergencies only

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HEALTH bosses in Sheffield have urged people to stay away from A&E except for emergency care today, as more than 7,500 health workers walk out on strike, writes Ben Spencer.

All outpatient services and non-emergency, non-vital procedures have been cancelled at the city’s five adult hospitals - the Northern General, Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford.

Non-striking staff and resources have been redeployed to cover emergency care and other vital services such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and dialysis.

At Sheffield Children’s Hospital most services will be operating as normal, but some outpatient services have been cancelled, including orthopaedic, reporatory and metabolic bone disease clinics. Check www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk for the latest information.

Children’s home visits will not be affected.

Richard Parker, deputy chief operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We would ask that wherever possible people help us by not using A&E unless they need emergency care, this means we will be able to concentrate staff on caring for those most in need.

“We will provide the same level of service as would be expected on Christmas day.

“We are putting systems in place to ensure that appointments and procedures are rescheduled as quickly as possible.”