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“Junior doctors……have penetrating insight into how things really work – where the frustrations and inefficiencies lie, where the safety threats lurk and how quality of clinical care can be improved” Bruce Keogh, 2009

We produce a monthly newsletter promoting a culture of safety and quality among junior doctors. The newsletter is distributed in printed form but will also be available for download from here. We may also provide supporting material/documents which can be found here.

To view issues of Patient Safety Matters click on the links below

Issue 1 March 2016

Issue 2 April 2016

Medicine Matters: Methotrexate

Issue 3 May 2016

Medicine Matters: Oral Chemotherapeutic Agents

Issue 4 June 2016

Issue 5 July 2016

Issue 6 August 2016

Issue 7 September 2016

Issue 8 October 2016

Issue 9 November 2016

Issue 10 December 2016

Issue 11 January 2017

Issue 12 February 2017

Issue 13 March 2017

Issue 14 April 2017

Issue 15 May 2017

Issue 16 July 2017

Issue 17 August 2017

 Issue 18 September 2017

 Issue 19 October 2017

 VIP Scoring on CPD

 Delirium Poster

Issue 20 November 2017

HIV Testing saves lives leaflet

Issue 21 December 2017

Issue 22 January 2018

Issue 23 February 2018

 Issue 24 March 2018

Issue 25 April 2018

 Issue 26 May 2018

Issue 27 June/July 2018


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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.