Important message on rail and tube strikes

Posted on Friday 17th June 2022

As you may be aware, strike action is due to take place next week, which will affect all National Rail and London Underground services. Significant disruption to services is also expected on the days in between.

There will be London-wide strikes affecting Tube and other Transport for London services on Tuesday 21 June and services until mid-morning on Wednesday 22 June. 

In addition, there will be National Rail strikes on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June affecting Elizabeth line and London Overground services, and some Tube services, on strike days and until mid-morning on the days after strikes. Therefore, significant disruption to services is expected all week.

All appointments and admissions at our hospitals and community sites will still be going ahead as planned unless you are notified otherwise, but it means that you will need to consider alternative travel arrangements and allow extra time for your journey. Unfortunately, car parking space is limited at our hospitals and community sites and fills up quickly, so we recommend that you use other types of transport if possible.

We understand that some of our patients and families will be unable to make it to their appointment due to the travel strikes. We are therefore assessing which appointments could instead be carried out virtually, via a video call or by telephone, where this is clinically appropriate and safe. Your clinical team will contact you directly if your child's appointment can be changed to a virtual appoinment.

If you are not contacted to change your child's appointment to a virtual or telephone appointment and are unable to attend in person, please let your clinical team know as soon as possible. They will arrange to reschedule your appointment for you. 

Please be asssured that our Emergency Department remains open 24/7 and will not be affected by any strike action. It is important to attend if you or your child is in need of urgent medical care, or if you are advised to by 111 or another healthcare professional, as our team are always here to help you. We advise that you access the closest emergency department service to where you are located due to the travel disruptions.

Visit the TfL journey planner to plan your journey and visit the National Rail website for the latest strike information.