We are experiencing disruption to pathology services across our hospitals – particularly blood tests
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Strike action involving radiographers in July

22 July 2023 - Important information for patients during radiographer strikes

The Society of Radiographers has confirmed that its members will be holding 48 hours of strikes at King’s, and a number of other hospitals, from 8am on Tuesday 25 July to 8am on Thursday 27 July.

The strike action will impact some services run by the Trust, and we may need to postpone some non-urgent appointments and procedures scheduled for the strike days that require imaging or radiography input. This includes services at King’s College Hospital, Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington Hospital, plus some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup.

Our teams will contact patients directly if we need to re-schedule your operation or appointment. However, if you have an appointment at any of our hospitals on these days, please assume this is going ahead unless you have been told otherwise.

Helping us manage demand

As always, 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:

In our Emergency Departments (A and E), we will assess you as quickly as we are 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 feel you could be seen elsewhere, we will ask you to do so and advise you on the most appropriate place to go. If you then decide to stay, please be aware that you could be waiting a long time to be seen, as demand for emergency care is high at present.

Please treat all staff with respect during this busy time. Thank you for your support, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.