Keep away from A&E during the latest junior doctors’ strike – unless it’s a genuine emergency.

That is the message from bosses at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax this week.

Junior doctors are set to walk out of all departments, including A&Es, between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27.

The doctors – members of the British Medical Association (BMA) and those below consultant grade – are to stage the walk-outs in protest at new contracts which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has imposed on them.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, which runs both hospitals, has cancelled hundreds of appointments and some operations to cope with the first ever all-out doctors’ strike.

The trust says it has drafted a plan to ensure its A&E departments will be staffed to deal with emergencies.

But hospital chiefs are urging those with non-emergencies to seek help elsewhere, such as by ringing NHS 111.

Trust A&E director Mark Davies said: “To be able to continue to provide safe care when we are without our junior doctor colleagues for two days makes this a huge challenge not just for the hospital colleagues but also for all our partners as well.

Dr Mark Davies, clinical lead of A&E at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust

“We have been planning extensively to ensure the healthcare system locally is able to cope with this pressure.

“We want to be able to ensure we are able to care for the most poorly and injured patients during these times and we would ask the public to try and support us, where possible, by only coming in with emergency conditions.”

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Local NHS bosses are also encouraging GPs to extend the hours of their surgeries during the strike.

Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group chairman Dr Steve Ollerton, also a Skelmanthorpe family doctor, said: “GPs in Greater Huddersfield will be playing their part in support of our hospital partners.

“We have encouraged our GP practices to free up more urgent appointments and offer extended hours in their surgeries.”

Dr Alan Brook, chairman of Calderdale CCG, added: “For A&Es to continue to deliver safe care we must all support them across the whole of the healthcare community.”

Junior doctors are staging the strikes in protest at their new contracts which redefine their normal working hours.

Doctors’ union the BMA says the new contracts will lead to a net loss of earnings and junior doctors working dangerously long shifts.