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Our strategy 2018-2023

We are delighted to share our vision for the next five years by introducing our new strategy, which describes how we will meet increasing demands, think differently - and create and take opportunities to integrate with partners.

Having a strategy is crucial for our Trust.  It provides a picture of where we are heading as an organisation with milestones along the way, to help us check we are achieving our plans and to take further action if needed.  It doesn’t seek to describe every single action we must take, but it does describe our broad general direction of travel and importantly it begins to describe our ambitions for our Trust.  Being ambitious is important for our Trust, for each of us but most importantly for our patients.

The challenging environment facing us presents an opportunity for us to do this in new ways, working across traditional boundaries and seeking innovative solutions that will help all parts of our health and social care system become truly integrated around the needs of our communities.  We also know that the role of the hospital is changing, and we recognise the part we must play in preventing ill health.  Providing great care is the result of thousands of daily human interactions and the efforts of individuals working across multi-disciplinary teams.

In this strategy we describe how we will support our staff to do this.  We celebrate diversity whilst recognising our collective strength.  This strategy will guide us through the transformation required to deliver this alongside our values which remain constant. We always put patients at the centre of everything that we do.

To read 'Our Strategy 2018-2023' in full click on the image below.

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Listen to the Chair of the Trust Board, Susan Symington, share with you our vision for the next five years by introducing our new strategy, which describes how we will meet increasing demands, think differently - and create and take opportunities to integrate with partners.

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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.