Update for our patients and families on industrial action

28 Apr 2023, 11 a.m.

As you may be aware, many of our nursing staff will be taking part in 28 hours of industrial action from 8pm on Sunday 30 April to midnight on Monday 1 May (this means overnight Monday into Tuesday).

We have been working hard to make sure that we have enough nursing staff to continue to care for all patients at the hospital. Having carefully reviewed our staffing levels over the strike period, currently we are unable to staff the hospital to our usual nursing ratios.

We have had to make some difficult decisions about the care we can provide over the coming days. We have been exploring lots of different options for delivering care, including increasing the numbers of doctors, physiotherapist, pharmacists, and other care staff on site. Please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to ensure your child will still receive safe care, but this may look a little different to usual.

This is a fast-moving situation, and we are closely monitoring how we can best support our patients and families.

What this means for you and your child

To be able to provide safe care, we are working to identify which patients can safely go home, and either start or resume their care later, and those who do need to remain in hospital.

Your clinical team will be in touch with you to help explain if you/your child:

  • needs to stay in hospital;
  • can be transferred to a hospital closer to home; or
  • can return home.

Your clinical team will talk you through any changes to the plan of care for you/your child. For example, you might be cared for by a different nurse or team member or be placed on a different ward.

We know that most of our parents/carers remain with their child throughout their time at GOSH and support with basic care needs. This is especially important during the strike period and we want to thank you in advance for your continued support.

There will be a picket line at the main entrance of the hospital on Monday 1 May from 10am to 4pm. If you do not wish to use that entrance, there will be an alternative entrance signposted for you. Our staff will be around to help you find your way.

Who can I speak to if I have further questions?

This is a difficult situation, and we know that this may cause you added worry or concern. Please speak to your clinical team or contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) via email pals@gosh.nhs.uk or by telephone on 020 7829 7862 if you have any further questions.

Finally, we want to thank our patients, families and carers for their understanding at this difficult time.

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