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About us

Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was granted its licence as a Foundation Trust on 1 April 2007.

Although still part of the National Health Service family and subject to NHS quality standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection we are not directed or controlled by the Secretary of State for Health, 

One of the greatest benefits of being an NHS Foundation Trust is that the structure helps us to work more closely with local people and service users to help us respond to the needs of our communities.

Other benefits include the chance to maximise financial freedoms, have more control over our money to improve facilities and achieve a better balance between national and local priorities.

How we are structured

There are three main components to the way an NHS Foundation Trust is structured:

  • A membership community made up of local people, patients, carers, staff from partner organisation and staff employed by the Foundation Trust

  • A Council of Governors elected from the membership community and also including representatives from the Trusts key partners in health and social care (the term Board of Governors is also used by some Foundation Trusts to describe this body)

  • A Board of Directors made up of a Chairman and Non-Executive Directors (appointed by the Council of Governors) a Chief Executive (appointed by the Non-Executive Directors) and Executive Directors (appointed by the Chief Executive and Non-Executive Directors).


Our vision is to be collaborative leaders in a system that provides great care to our communities

To deliver our vision, our mission is:

  • Deliver safe, quality services in partnership with our communities
  • Live our values
  • Deliver excellent integrated care through the transformation of services
  • Lead the way in education, research and innovation to continuously improve care
  • Provide a rewarding place to work

Our values support putting patients at the centre of everything that we do by:

  • Caring about what we do
  • Always doing what we can to be helpful
  • Respecting and valuing each other
  • Listening in order to improve

A fundamental part of being an NHS Foundation Trust is the way the organisation is structured. It is based on the involvement of local people, patients, carers, partner organisations and staff.

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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.