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About equality and diversity

The Equality Act 2010 has replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act.  It simplified the law, removing inconsistencies and making it easier for people to understand and comply with. It also strengthened the law to help tackle discrimination and inequality.

As part of the Act a public sector equality duty came into force; the Trust consciously thinks about the three main aims of this Duty as part of the process of decision making:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

The Trust also takes account of disabled people's impairments in making decisions about policies or services which might mean making reasonable adjustments or treating disabled people differently to non-disabled people in order to meet their needs.

Our approach to equality and diversity is to follow the social model, originally linked to disability but applicable to all protected characteristics with the view that "Loss or limitation of opportunities to take part in society on an equal level with others due to social an environmental barriers" therefore we aim to provide accessible premises and services for everyone embedding equality and diversity into everything we do.  To lead this work the Trust has a Fairness Forum.

To measure our equality and diversity performance we have adopted the Equality Delivery System (EDS) as recommended by the NHS England Equality and Diversity Council.

Information to demonstrate how we meet the public sector equality duty can be viewed here.

Our equality objectives can be viewed by clicking this link.

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to contact us. Should you wish to comment, compliment, or have a concern please click here.

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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 https://bit.ly/39ANleP


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.