Skip to content

Strike action taking place from 30 April to 1 May

27 April 2023 - Important information for patients during nursing strike

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has confirmed that nurses will be taking part in a 48-hour strike from 8pm on Sunday 30 April until midnight on Monday 1 May.

The strike action will significantly impact some services run by the Trust. 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.

We are working hard to make sure we can continue to provide emergency and life-preserving services on the strike days. Our hospitals will be busy, so 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

Services on Tuesday 2 May – update

On 27 April, the RCN confirmed that the strike would finish at midnight on 1 May, which is an update on the original plan for the strike to end at 8pm on Tuesday 2 May.

As a result, we can confirm that all hospital services will run as normal on Tuesday 2 May, and any patient with a planned operation or outpatient appointment should attend hospital as usual on this day.

Thank you for your support and co-operation.