What is happening

Strike action is taking place at North West Ambulance Service on various days during February and March. All appointments and operations at East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals will continue - however if you rely on our patient transport service to get you to or from hospital, please consider alternative arrangements.

If you want to know more about industrial action, please click here to visit NHS England’s website

The Royal College of Nursing is also taking industrial action. This does not involve ELHT and will not impact on patients at the Trust.

Important information for you

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases - when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned. We will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.

On days where there is strike action, please only call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk).

There will be fewer ambulances on the roads during the industrial action being experienced by North West Ambulance Service and people with life-threatening needs will be prioritised. As a result patients whose conditions are not life threatening are unlikely to get an ambulance on strike days. 

It is also likely that 999 call handlers will be very busy. NHS 111 call centres will have fewer staff so please expect longer call response times. If you need non-urgent care, please visit NHS 111 Online.

Please click here for information about when to call 999 and click here for information about when to go to A&E.

If you need medical care

Please contact NHS 111 online if:

  • You need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency
  • You don't know who to call for medical help or you don't have a GP to call
  • You think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service; or
  • You require health information or reassurance about what to do next.

We will keep this page updated with the latest information.