Caring for your Child

Caring for your Child

Hello and welcome to Child Health

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust looks after the care and development of infants, children, and adolescents – from birth through to 18 years.

The team includes paediatric consultants, nurses and child development staff who provide a wide range of general and specialist child health services to babies, children and young people living in and around York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Malton, Whitby, Selby and Easingwold.

We have Children’s Wards and Special Care Baby Units (SCBU) at both York and Scarborough Hospitals and we also provide Outpatients and Therapy Services from York and Scarborough, as well as from our other Community Hospitals.  

Our vision is to be recognised locally and nationally as delivering safe high quality services that meet the health needs of our children and young people whilst supporting parents and carers, through appropriately trained, motivated and skilled staff working in a suitable child friendly environment. 

To find out more about us, our mission, the team and how to leave feedback please click on the boxes below.

If you would like to know more about services and organisations for children, young people, parents, carers and practitioners in and around York please visit the YorOK website and the North Yorkshire County Council website.

What happens when you need an operation?

Concerns about having an operation are natural.  To help you and your child understand the procedure once you are in hospital watch our film below:

Meet the play team

Play is important for children and young people, especially when in hospital.

Our friendly and highly-skilled play teams provide specialised therapeutic play to help children cope with their diagnosis, condition, treatments and procedures.  The play teams also provide general play activities to help normalise a child’s experience at hospital. 

As part of this, on both of our children wards there is a play facility staffed by team members, and stocked with books, toys and games.  Watch the video to see our play teams in action:

Child in Charge at York Hospital

On Thursday 22 June 2017, young people from Westfield Primary Community School in York took over the running of York Hospital, as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge.

The event gave young people the chance to 'takeover' parts of the hospital for the day. In doing so, they got to experience into what it's like to be in a real work environment and take on important responsibilities. The children also had the opportunity to ask questions about how decisions are made and understand the affect these decisions can have on young patients.

Our video below shows some of the valuable feedback our Trust was given by the brilliant pupils.


Meet the teams


Our Mission



Your Child's
Hospital Journey