Help us to help you during the Ambulance service staff from GMB and Unison trade unions industrial action on Wednesday, 11 January 2023.

  • Services across the Fylde Coast are currently under a lot of pressure, with staff working incredibly hard to meet demand.
  • Ambulance service staff from GMB and Unison trade unions will take industrial action on Wednesday, 11 January 2023.
  • This means reduced ambulance crews but also reduced 999 and 111 call handling staff.
  • We need the help of patients and the public to ensure our services are available for those who need them most.
  • Please look at alternative options available for accessing NHS services if your condition is not urgent. Pharmacy teams can give advice on managing everyday illnesses, or you can find self-care advice online at
  • Advice is also available from NHS 111 online at The online service can provide the same advice and help as the phone service. You will be directed to the best service for your needs if you’re not sure what to do and a clinician call will call you back if needed.
  • If your symptoms get worse or do not improve within 72-hours, then get in touch with the GP practice.
  • We are still here for you if you are worried about symptoms that won’t go away.
  • You can also ‘help us help you’ by ensuring you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including having your booster and flu vaccination, if eligible.
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