Dr Lara Alloway, chief medical officer at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, says “Our main priority remains delivering the safest patient care, and ensuring our services run smoothly and safely. We have planned ahead and worked with our staff and healthcare partners to manage our services in the best way to keep any disruption to a minimum whilst the industrial action takes place.

“We are asking people not to 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.”