NHS bosses in Barnsley are urging the public to be aware of disruption across services during the bank holiday period due to planned industrial action.

The action is due to take place from 8pm on Sunday to 8pm on Tuesday, during which time there will fewer nurses providing care in hospitals and across some mental health services.

Cathy Winfield, chief nursing officer, said: “We expect the planned action to impact on a number of NHS services and so we’re asking people to please choose wisely and consider alternative options than attending A and E or calling 999.

“We expect emergency and urgent care services to be extremely busy during the industrial action, which coincides with the bank holiday, so our communities are encouraged to visit their pharmacy or NHS 111 online where possible.

“However, it is still important that people who need emergency medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases.

“If you have scheduled appointments during this time, please attend as planned.

“You will be contacted if your appointment needs to be cancelled or rescheduled.”