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League of Friends

Each of our hospitals is supported by a League of Friends, these are independent registered charities which work to help provide equipment and resources to improve patient care and comfort along with volunteers.

They work closely with our own hospital charity to provide items above what the NHS can provide – these range from small items such as face cloths and comfort pack to larger pieces of equipment and refurbishments.

Each charity is run by a committee of trustees who meets regularly to discuss requests for financial help and hold fundraising events.

Find out more or to get involved with your local League of Friends see the information below.


York Hospital

Friends of York Hospitals (Registered charity no. 500474), was founded in 1953 and is rooted in the local community.  The charity has two main roles: 

  • They provide hospital volunteers who help support patients and staff at York Hospital, St Helen's and White Cross Court.
  • They raise money to buy specialist equipment for the benefit of patients and their families with the hospitals.

For more information about their work visit www.foyh.org.ukemail them or call 01904 726762.


Scarborough Hospital

Scarborough Hospital's League of Friends (Registered charity no. 1069181), is run by volunteers to help make improvements for patients at Scarborough Hospital.

More information about them can be found within within the hospital, they have an information board inside the North Entrance.


St Monica's, Easingwold

Friends of St Monica’s Hospital (Registered charity no. 513694), were founded in 1969. They support the health and care services in the hospital and the area served by the surgeries at Tollerton, Easingwold, Stillington, Ampleforth and Hovingham with the purchase of equipment and services that cannot be funded by the NHS.

For more information about their work visit www.fosmh.org.uk, email them or call 01347 821849.


Malton Hospital

The League of Friends has been successfully operating since 1977 for the benefit of Malton Hospital and patients and families.

Its aims are :

  • To encourage interest in the work of Malton Hospital
  • To raise funds for Malton Hospital through fundraising
  • To provide any other objects or equipment found necessary from time to time for staff, patients and families

For more information about their work visit their charity shop at 11-13 Newbiggin, Malton YO17 7JE, email them or call 01653 698183.


Bridlington Hospital

Founded in 1953 the aim of the Bridlington Hospital League of Friends is to improve patient care and comfort.

Over recent years the Bridlington Hospital League of Friends has invested over £12,000 in the development of Bridlington Hospital helping make life more comfortable for patients.

From repairing a historic stained glass window in the chapel to providing £9,000 of new chairs for the Outpatients Department the Friend’s support of the hospital has been invaluable – helping improve the experience for staff, visitors and patients.

For further details about upcoming fundraising events or to contact the Friends please contact Rebekah Walkington, Hospital Secretary.


Selby Hospital

Selby Hospital is very fortunate to have the active support of The Friends of Selby War Memorial Hospital, who provide volunteer support and coordinate fundraising in the community for the benefit of the patients.

The Friends of Selby War Memorial Hospital can be contacted by calling 01904 724306.


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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.