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Why is a Foundation Trust different?

An NHS Foundation Trust can now manage their own budgets and  shape services to reflect local needs and priorities. Foundation Trusts are still monitored closely to ensure that they continue to provide reliable, safe and secure services for local people.

NHS Foundation Trusts remain fully committed to the core principles of the National Health Service. In other words, care will continue to be provided free of charge to those who need it.

Foundation Trusts are answerable to people in our local community who have chosen to become members of the Trust.

What is a Member and what are the benefits?

Joining the Trust as a Foundation Trust member is completely free and is a voluntary role.  As a member, the Trust is interested in what you have to say about:

  • The design of services that meet your needs. NHS Foundation Trusts have more freedom from central Government control to work with you to design services to meet the needs of the community.
  • The development of services. The Trust will consult on plans for the development of services. You will be invited to meetings and events, including the Annual General Meeting.

Benefits are:

  • Receipt of our newsletter Membership Matters providing news updates and opportunities for members to get more involved
  • Have access to a dedicated Membership Officer
  • Be able to vote in Governor elections
  • Be eligible to stand for election as a Governor
  • Invitations special Member Events
  • Invitation to the Annual General Meeting
  • Have the option of receiving Trust documents such as the Annual Report.
  • Receive exclusive NHS discounts

Will I have to give up a lot of my time?

How much time you choose to give to being a member is up to you.  You might just want to be kept up-to-date with developments or you might be keen to help us find out what local people need from their hospital.

How do I know if I am eligible?

You don't need any special skills or experience to be a member of our NHS Foundation Trust. Membership is free and is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

How will the Trust make sure my views are represented?

As an NHS Foundation Trust, our Council of Governors ensures that the views of members, as well as those of the wider community, are represented appropriately.

How will the Trust use my data?

The Trust is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.  This statement sets out how and why the Trust collects and uses your personal information, and how we protect it.

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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

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.