King’s Lynn hospital announces service cancellations over junior doctors’ strike

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn
GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn

Several clinics and operations have been cancelled at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, because of tomorrow’s planned strike by junior doctors.

Members of the British Medical Association are due to hold a 24-hour walkout, in which they will only provide emergency care, from 8am on Wednesday.

Clare Badenhorst, director of operations and service support at the QEH, said a short time ago: “As always our primary commitment is to the welfare of patients and the priority during our contingency planning has been, and will continue to be, their safety and care.

“We are doing our best to ensure the hospital operates as close to normal as possible during the strike, However, there will be a number of cancellations.

“As a result of the strike, in medicine, we have cancelled four clinics affecting a total of nine new patients and 24 patients with follow up appointments.

“In surgery, we have cancelled 19 general surgery slots and two elective operations. One orthopaedic clinic has also been cancelled which had nine patients due to attend.

”We have directly contacted all patients whose appointments have been affected and would ask anyone who has not heard from us, but has an appointment on the day of the strike, to attend the hospital as normal.”