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Music Education Group at University of York

Music Education Group (MEG) is an entirely student run, voluntary organisation that works largely in schools, but also in care homes, sheltered accommodation and within York Hospital.

MEG delivers a wide range of music workshops across these locations, including: samba, African drumming, general musicianship and composition.

The Arts Team coordinate sessions with MEG volunteers to deliver music workshops and performances across York Hospital, with direct patient benefit at the centre of all sessions.

Rachael - MEG

2018 - 2019

Rachael Stalker

Music Education Group Volunteer

Fizz - MEG

2017 - 2018

Fizz Margereson

Music Education Group Volunteer

Megan - MEG

2016 - 2017

Megan Dawes

Music Education Group Volunteer

“I joined MEG as a first year representative in 2016. I have played flute since the age of 9 and now play regularly in the University Symphony Orchestra and various opera productions. I enjoy dance and musical theatre alongside my classical music studies and my involvement in MEG.

"I began leading workshops in schools with MEG in the summer term of 2016 and became passionate about setting up sessions in the hospital, something MEG had previously been involved with. I work for an hour on the children's ward each week where activities range from singing pop songs to creating soundscapes based around the jungle or a storm. I then spend an hour on a Dementia or Stroke Rehabilitation ward, encouraging patients to sing (or shake!) along to a collection of familiar songs.

"Coming into the hospital is the highlight of my week, as I know that we are putting smiles on the faces of people who may not otherwise have smiled that day, through the simple power of music."


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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.