This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here. Hide this message

About us

Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a product of the NHS England Equality and Diversity Council designed to support the NHS to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and Diverse.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust agreed to adopt the EDS in November 2011 and held a grading day in March 2012 which included the development of our equality objectives 2012 - 2016.

Nationally in 2012 the implementation of the EDS was independently evaluated and subsequent consultation with NHS organisations developed a refreshed EDS called EDS2 that was launched in November 2013 allowing more flexibility for local implementation.

NHS England has mandated the Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) into the 2015/16 NHS Standard Contact.

EDS2 has 4 goals and 18 outcomes, with enough in common between the original and EDS2 for meaningful comparisons to be made over time.

1.   Better health outcomes for all

2.   Improved patient access and experience

3.   A representative and supported workforce

4.   Inclusive leadership

The outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and Boards. It is against these outcomes that performance is graded and action determined.

For more detailed information please click here to view “A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS - EDS2”

During 2014 - 2015 those with responsibility for equality and diversity at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Vale of York Clinical commissioning Group (CCG) agreed to work together with community representatives to make best use of time and resources and carry out EDS2 collaboratively.

Our EDS2 summary report is published here.


A-Z of Services



Chinese Poland

View all languages >

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)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

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.