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Warning issued ahead of junior doctor strike next week

PUBLISHED: 13:40 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:40 20 April 2016

File photo dated 17/10/2015 of the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally in London, as a ballot is due to close that could lead to thousands of junior doctors going on an "all-out" strike for the first time ever.

File photo dated 17/10/2015 of the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally in London, as a ballot is due to close that could lead to thousands of junior doctors going on an "all-out" strike for the first time ever.

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Some planned operations and outpatient appointments have been postponed ahead of the junior doctors strike next week.

Junior doctors at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, and King George, Goodmayes, are set to walk-out from 8am to 5pm on April 26 and 27.

For the first time, they will not provide emergency care, unlike the three previous industrial strikes.

Ahead of the strike, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust has warned people not to come to its A&E departments during the strike unless they need emergency care – or they will be redirected to other services outside the hospitals.

Additional appointments will be available at GP hubs, and there will be 16 extra GPs working.

Akin Idowu, an A&E consultant at BHRUT, said: “This will have a huge impact on us and we’ll be focusing on providing lifesaving care.

“So please do not come to us unless you have a serious illness or injury, or we will not be able to treat you.”

“We never want to turn people away, but we will have to if people come to us who do not need emergency care.

“If you could be treated by a GP, that’s where you will be sent so that we can focus all our efforts on saving people’s lives.”

Pharmacies can give advice on more minor illnesses, and out-of-hours GP appointments can be booked until 10pm on the strike days by calling 020 3770 1888.

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