RUH cancels appointments over doctors' strike action
Industrial action by doctors has led to the cancellation of around 40 appointments at the Royal United Hospital today.
The hospital has advised people not to attend its accident and emergency department today unless really necessary.
Doctors who are members of the British Medical Association have voted to take industrial action, and will treat only those patients who need urgent or emergency care.
A hospital spokesman said: "The trust has been working closely with staff to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum and that patients continue to receive good quality, safe care and treatment. All patients who need urgent or emergency treatment will receive this on the day.
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"This will include all inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment."
Inpatients will receive the normal level of care, but around 40 routine hospital appointments and procedures booked for today have been postponed.
The RUH says it has been trying to keep this figure to a minimum, and that patients who are affected are being contacted by staff.
Some GPs in B&NES have also voted to take industrial action.
Twelve practices in the area are taking some form of action, with five cancelling routine appointments.
Visitors are also being asked to stay away from two wards at the RUH after outbreaks of the winter vomiting disease.
The hospital is asking visitors to stay away from the Waterhouse ward and the surgical admissions unit until the restrictions are lifted.
Family members who have had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting in the past few days are asked not to come into the hospital, to stop the bug spreading.
Two other areas, the Midford Ward and the respiratory ward, have reopened after being affected by the bug.