The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has confirmed up to 100,000 nursing staff will take part in strikes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland next month.
But while members of the union will take action at half of the locations in England where the legal mandate for strikes was secured in November, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has not been selected as one of those locations.
Therefore, RCN member from the Trust will not participate in the industrial action planned for 15th and 20th December - although that could change if further action is taken in the New Year.
So patients at our sites will not be affected by the first round of strikes, and if strikes do take place at our sites in the New Year, we will work in partnership with the RCN to ensure patient safety is maintained.
The RCN are likely to share further communications and we will share this as a latest news item when available.
The union has repeated calls on the UK government to accept its request for negotiations to resolve the dispute over pay and patient safety.