THE NHS Trust has confirmed disruption as British Medical Association (BMA) union members will strike on the Isle of Wight for 72 hours next week.

Junior doctors, who are members of the BMA, are due to take part in strike action for a continuous 72 hours, from 7am Monday (March 13) to 7am Thursday (March 16), in an ongoing dispute between unions and the Government over pay.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust said it is working with its teams to safely manage the impact of the industrial action and continue to provide continuity of care for patients.

Isle of Wight County Press: St Mary's Hospital in NewportSt Mary's Hospital in Newport (Image: Google Maps)

St Mary’s Hospital emergency department will remain open for those who need urgent care during this period.

If you have an appointment planned for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday on the Isle of Wight:

  • The NHS Trust will contact any patients directly with appointments on those three days who will be affected by the industrial action.
  • If you do not hear anything, you are asked to attend your appointment as planned.
  • If you need medical care, contact your GP as usual.

Isle of Wight County Press: Disruption has been confirmed for St Mary's HospitalDisruption has been confirmed for St Mary's Hospital (Image: Newsquest)

You can also call NHS 111 or visit NHS 111 Online if:

  • You need medical help fast, but it is not a 999 emergency
  • You do not know who to call for medical help, or you do not have a GP to call
  • You think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service
  • You require health information or reassurance about what to do next.
  • For symptoms and advice if you have a child unwell at home, visit the Healthier Together website or download the app.