Dr Lara Alloway, chief medical officer at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our priority is delivering the best possible patient care, ensuring our services run smoothly and safely.

“We know from previous industrial action that disruption to services is unavoidable - some planned care has been postponed and we are working hard to ensure we can provide safe urgent or emergency care. This is a particularly challenging time, as our teams have also worked through a busy bank holiday period.

“We are urging people to support their local hospitals by keeping emergency departments free for those who need our care the most. Do not put off seeking urgent care in an emergency, however please only attend our emergency departments if it is an urgent and/or life threatening situation.

“Patients who have hospital appointments during this period should still attend as planned unless they have been contacted directly.”