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Laura and Dan Tinker used the existing room in July 2017 following the birth of their son Arthur.  Laura knows how much difference the improved facilities will make:

“At the end of a very straightforward pregnancy we heard the words that no parent wants to hear – ‘I'm sorry, I can't find a heartbeat’.

Time stopped, a trap door opened and we fell.  We fell into total darkness, the unknown. We needed a safe place to retreat to in the agonising days that lay ahead and the bereavement room in the hospital gave us that safe place.  It provided somewhere to consider all our options, a place to speak to medical professionals in privacy and security, a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of a busy maternity ward and the other babies where we would have some of the hardest conversations we will ever have.

It provided us with time together as a family, with our son Arthur. It allowed us a place to take photographs and make precious memories with him. To hold him and read to him, to tell him how much he was loved. It provided the backdrop to the only time we would ever get as a family. It allowed Dan to stay with me for as long as I was in hospital.  It meant I wasn't alone.

The new bereavement room will provide parents with so much more than 4 walls and a bed, it will be a special place where they will make every single memory they will ever have with their baby. In those short days it will be their whole world, the place of the greatest hello and the hardest of goodbyes.”

Laura Tinker, January 2019
Arthur's feet and Dan's hands

Laura & Arthur





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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.