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Patient services across Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust are running normally today (Monday 18 November) as a small number of staff take industrial action.

The Trust is reminding all patients who have appointments to attend as usual today and tomorrow after two unions representing some of the staff in support and estates services such as catering, cleaning, security and portering called for strike action today and tomorrow.

All operations, clinics and appointments are running as normal, along with maternity and accident and emergency services. No services or clinics have been cancelled today as a result of the action.

UNISON, the biggest union representing support and estates staff, announced on Sunday evening that it will not be taking part in the current action.

Frimley Health chief executive Neil Dardis said: “We are totally focused on ensuring that it is business as usual for our patients and that they can access the great care they expect from us every day of the week.

“We are very grateful to the many staff who volunteered for alternative duties to ensure patient services run smoothly.”

Following productive discussions, UNISON and the trust jointly agreed to explore alternative options, including whether it is possible to keep staff employed by the NHS. Both sides believe the options have the potential to resolve the current dispute.

UNISON stated they will not take further industrial action and in return the trust will not progress its existing wholly owned subsidiary plans while alternative options are fully explored jointly.