Industrial action update

On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February 2023 The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is taking strike action at a number of NHS trusts, including Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

The industrial action is a national dispute between the Government and Trades Unions about terms and conditions.

While we fully respect individuals’ right to strike, we are also committed to maintaining patient care as much as possible and providing the most essential services on these days.

Advice for patients

Appointments and services

If you have an appointment, please attend as planned. Please don’t call to check if your appointment is going ahead. If your appointment is affected by industrial action, we will contact you directly.

Visiting patients

We continue to welcome family members and loved ones to visit patients at our hospitals, please speak to your ward to arrange visits as usual.

Which service should I access?

  • If you have a life-threatening emergency, our ED is open 24 hours a day
  • If you have a minor illness or minor injury, local GP surgeries, pharmacies and MIUs are open
  • If you have an urgent medical problem that isn’t a serious or life-threatening emergency and aren’t sure what to do, contact 111 first by phone or online at – they will provide immediate medical advice and direct you to the best care for your needs
  • Self-care: Visit NHS 111 online for self-care advice for things like grazed knees, coughs and colds
  • Pharmacy: Visit your local pharmacy for headaches, upset stomachs, aches and pains
  • Minor injury unit: Attend your local minor injuries unit for urgent not life-threatening conditions and injuries such as sprains, fractures and burns. For the latest information on opening hours and services, visit the MIU pages.

More information about healthcare services across Somerset is available on the NHS Somerset website.

Useful links:

Visit the NHS England website for more information about the strikes, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions.