Strike action update

Last updated: Friday, 29 September 2023

Strike action is taking place in October.

A 3-day strike is planned to take place from Monday 2 October until Thursday 5 October.

The strike action will impact services across Guy's and St Thomas' hospital and community sites.

To help us safely manage the impact of the industrial action we will need to postpone some appointments and procedures.

We'll contact you directly if your care or your child's care is affected to rearrange your appointment as quickly as possible.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this causes and thank you for your understanding.

Please continue to check back for further updates on how the strikes will affect our services.

Our emergency department (A&E) during the strike action

Our emergency department (A&E) at St Thomas' Hospital will remain open during the strike action to treat people who need emergency or urgent care.

We are likely to be very busy, and will prioritise treating patients who need care most urgently. This means you may have to wait longer than usual to be seen.

In the emergency department, we'll assess you or your child as quickly as we're able to. If we feel you need to stay, we will aim to treat you as soon as possible, based on the urgency of your clinical need.

If we think you could be seen elsewhere, we'll advise you on the most appropriate place to go. If you decide to stay, please be aware you could be waiting a long time to be seen.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this causes to your visit and thank you for your understanding.

If you need medical advice but it’s not an emergency, please consider using a different service to get the care you need. You could:

  • call NHS 111 or visit
  • make an appointment with your GP
  • go to a local pharmacist 

Contact us

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Phone: 020 7188 5577