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The Wellbeing Choir at York Hospital

York Hospital Wellbeing Choir was founded by the Trust’s Arts Team in 2019 thanks to generous funding from York Teaching Hospital Charity.   In order to ensure sustainability the choir now runs on a self-funding basis, led and coordinated by Nicola Betts

Read on to find everything you need to know about the choir, and how to join!  Don’t forget to follow The Wellbeing Choir at York Hospital on social media for regular updates too.

Day: Wednesday (term time only)

Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Meeting Place: York Hospital Chapel, located on the main corridor near Junction 5.  The Chaplaincy Department will provide alternate facilities for quiet prayer and reflection during choir sessions.

Cost: £3.50 for regular choir members on a weekly pay as you go basis. Those popping in for a quick sing on their lunch break or simply passing by are very welcome to join in for free - no charge!

What is the Wellbeing Choir and who is it for?

A Wellbeing Choir is like a regular choir, with a greater focus on health and wellbeing. Studies show that singing greatly improves our emotional, mental, physical and social wellbeing, with a decrease in stress, depression and anxiety. These benefits are enhanced in a group setting, compared to singing alone.

The choir aims to give staff, patients and the general public the opportunity to experience these wonderful health benefits through singing whilst socialising with others, feeling good and having fun.

The fully inclusive choir sessions are friendly, relaxed and suitable for all abilities.

Who leads the choir?

Nicola Betts leads the choir, she has a wealth of experience as a community musician, music teacher and singer and her work includes leading community choirs and community music groups which aim to nurture creativity, self-expression and self-confidence across all ages and abilities.


To see up to date information regarding The Wellbeing Choir practice dates, up and coming events and other relevant news please follow them on social media, or click here to contact Nicola directly.

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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.

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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.