Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has announced a ‘business continuity incident’ due to the upcoming industrial action that will take place from 8 pm on Sunday, April 30, to midnight on Monday, May 1.
The 28 hours of strike action will see many of the hospital’s nursing staff take part, causing the hospital to be unable to staff to its usual nursing ratios.
GOSH has been working hard to ensure that there are enough nursing staff to care for all patients, but it has had to make some difficult decisions about the care that can be provided during the strike period. To ensure that safe care can be delivered, the hospital is exploring different options, including increasing the numbers of doctors, physiotherapists, pharmacists, and other care staff on site.
Patients and their families are being informed about the care that can be provided during the strike period. The clinical team will contact each patient’s family to help explain whether they need to stay in the hospital, can be transferred to a hospital closer to home, or can return home. Changes to the plan of care, such as being cared for by a different nurse or team member or being placed on a different ward, may also be explained.
During the strike period, most parents and carers usually remain with their child throughout their time at Great Ormond Street Hospital to support with basic care needs. GOSH has thanked patients, families, and carers for their understanding during this difficult time.
A picket line will be set up at the main entrance of the hospital on Monday, May 1, from 10 am to 4 pm. GOSH has informed patients and their families that there will be an alternative entrance signposted for them if they do not wish to use that entrance, and staff will be available to help them find their way.
GOSH has urged patients and their families to speak to their clinical team or contact their Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) via email or telephone if they have any further questions or concerns.