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Our strategy 2018-2023

Here is the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust strategy for 2018-2023.

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.

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Our strategic priorities and objectives have been developed and informed through listening exercises with senior clinical and
non-clinical leaders across all our sites, including a cultural review with a range of staff groups, an operational review, and our staff survey.

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We are asking visitors to help us protect patients from highly contagious winter infections by not visiting friends and relatives in hospital when you have been unwell or in close contact with someone with flu or norovirus.

We are experiencing a high level of norovirus and flu in our hospitals, which has resulted in the closure of wards and bays in order to stop the spread.  Closing wards can help to contain the viruses but visitors can play a huge part and we would ask you to think carefully before paying any non-essential visits at this time.

While viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds and influenza, commonly known as flu.  These infections are highly contagious, so when they are brought into a hospital environment they can easily spread to staff and vulnerable hospital patients.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK.  It's also called the ‘winter vomiting bug’ because it's more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.  Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.  It is a major killer of vulnerable people.  People aged 65 and over and people with long-term health conditions, including diabetes and kidney disease, are particularly at risk.  If you have flu, please stay away until you are better.  The virus is highly infectious and outbreaks can happen quickly.

Please stay away if you have signs or symptoms of either virus, and do not visit until you have been clear of symptoms for at least 48 hours.  If symptoms persist (more than 48 hours), the advice is to phone your GP or NHS 111.