Salisbury District Hospital (SDH) consultants are joining others from across the NHS in strike action on Wednesday, September 21, delivering what has been described as a “Christmas Day” level of service.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said on its website that this means that “while emergency care will be provided, no elective care should take place.”

The strike action by consultants will be followed on Thursday, September 21 by a full walkout of junior doctors, which will continue until 7am on the morning of Saturday, September 23.

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SDH issued an announcement via its Facebook page informing members of the community of what to expect during the industrial action.

SDH said the hospital would be very busy during the strike action and that the “hospital's focus will continue to remain on ensuring patient safety and that critical services are maintained through this strike period.”

The hospital added that those who need help with a minor injury or illness can consult a GP, pharmacy, or attend the Salisbury Walk-In Centre out of hours.

The hospital also reminded patients to proceed to their appointments as planned if they have not been contacted by the NHS for rescheduling.