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Art in York Hospital's Cancer Care Centre

We've worked with several freelance artists to provide art sessions in York Hospital’s Cancer Care Centre.  Patients, carers, family and friends, have enjoyed countless afternoons of creativity and companionship.

With thanks to York Teaching Hospital Charity and York Against Cancer for their generous funding.

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Kat Wood

Specialising in textiles, local artist Kat Wood joined us for a special Christmas project in 2018, going on to take the Cancer Care Centre artist role between April – July 2019.

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Kat’s own work focuses on large tactile felted artworks and smaller sculptural knitted and crocheted items.  She also runs workshops and textile classes around the UK to show others how to get the most out their own creativity.


Click here to find out more about Kat Wood.


Katrina Mansfield

Katrina joined the Cancer Care Centre’s creative team for a specialist theatre project between February and March 2019.  Participants learnt skills in set design; building cakes from expanding foam, making tea with epoxy resin and branches from toilet tubes and polyfilla.

 PHOTO - website montage - Katrina Mansfield

Katrina lives and works in York, but brought expertise in theatrical set design from London, where she worked in the West End for seven years.  Katrina is best known for her vivid Fluid Art, using layers of acrylic paint to depict abstract impressions of nature.


Click here to find out more about Katrina Mansfield.


Tanya McClelland

Illustrator, Tanya McClelland, worked with us in the Cancer Care Centre between January 2018 and March 2019.

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Tanya specialises in illustration, favouring bold styles, textures and bright colours.  She plans engaging themed sessions supported by inspirational quotes and new techniques.  Tanya also works at York Art Gallery; she loves to share her passion for art and creativity with participants.

Mim Robson

Freelance artist, Mim Robson, joined the team to provide arts sessions in the Cancer Care Centre between November 2017 – January 2018. 

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Mim is an artist and crafts-person specialising in ephemeral work including land art, sand art, natural materials and nature crafts.  She works with dark room and alternative photography techniques, traditional and heritage arts and crafts, henna tattooing and is an experienced art, craft and creative expressive workshop facilitator. 

Click here to find out more about Mim Robson.


Anne Hutchison

Anne Hutchison joined us as the Cancer Care Centre and ward 16 Artist for many years, helping patients to relax and take their mind off things through varied arts and crafts activities. 

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Anne is an experienced York based artist and teacher, working in a range of media. York Hospital is adorned with artwork made by those working with Anne over the years.


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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.