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Heart Save Cards

Heart Save cards - Trustwide

The Heart Save cards are a credit card size aide memoire for patients who have had a cardiac event. The card provides the patient with concise evidence based information of what to do in the event of experiencing chest pain.

The current version of the card is made of laminated card as opposed to the plastic one. Our hope that this will be more user friendly for the patients and will slot easily into a wallet or purse.

One of the patients says, "As an ex cardiac rehabilitation patient I am impressed with the new version of the Heart Save Card. It is much slimmer and neater than my previous one and fits very nicely into my mobile phone case” 

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PET-CT specialist scanner for East Coast cancer patients

Previously all cancer patients from York, Scarborough, Malton, Bridlington and Selby needed to travel to other hospital sites to get access to this essential diagnostic test.  The closest PET-CT scanners are located at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, St James in Leeds and the James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough. 

The specialist scan means that clinicians can more quickly identify the presence, location and severity of cancers and the information is used to help ensure patients receive the right treatment.

Currently the scanner is on site one day a week and can complete 14-16 scans per day.  The service is being run in partnership with the UK’s specialist provider of diagnostic and healthcare solutions, Alliance Medical Limited, whose mobile unit will be located in a newly created area on the ambulance roadway near the current A&E department.

Christine Norris, Cancer Improvement and Performance Manager, who has led the project, said:  “I’m thrilled to be able to deliver services more locally and avoid patients and their families having to travel long distances for a diagnostic test, which will hopefully make things a little easier for them.

“As well as being great news for our patients, it is a fantastic opportunity for our staff who are able to use their specialist skills to report these scans locally, providing a service to patients and working more closely with their referring clinician.

“It’s been around two years in the making and a huge team effort from departments across the Trust, our partners and in particular the York and Scarborough Hospitals Charity who have helped fund this vital service.  Despite challenges and delays due to the pandemic, this new service will support our cancer patients for many years to come and we are rightly proud of being able to provide this locally.”

York and Scarborough Hospital Charity provided £110,000 to help get the project off the ground.

Rachel Brook, Charity Operations Manager, said: “Travelling for these scans is time consuming, costly and tiring for patients and their families especially when they are going through such an emotional time.  Being able to support this type of project is fantastic and I’m sure our dedicated fundraisers would agree.”


Sympathy cards for bereaved families

We are honoured to have funded sympathy cards for the Bereavement Services Team thanks to your donations. The cards are sent out to families who have had a family member pass away in the Trust's care. Lead Nurse for End of Life Care, Kath Sartain says, "This is an important acknowledgement following a death of a loved one. We have over 2,500 deaths per year in the Trust and we send these to all families affected by a loss."

The cards are sent out a few weeks after a bereavement with knitted hearts for the families. Jess in Bereavement Services says, "We often receive lovely letters back from the families, thanking us for the card. It can be such a comfort to families who are going through a tough time."

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New automated system transforms critical care

Thanks to your donations, a new clinical information system for critical care will transform the care received Trust’s sickest patients as the service moves from paper based records to automatic data collection.

Consultant Anaesthetist, Rinus Pretorius, explained: “Some of the biggest problems with paper systems for intensive care patients included incomplete recording especially in emergency situations, loss of data, misunderstanding of hand-written recordings and prescriptions and the time it takes for clinical staff to use such systems."

“This long awaited upgrade will take the quality of patient care to the next level, improve the safety of medications and in the longer term it will help develop auditing and research.”

The project has been paid for partly from Trust funds and a phenomenal £300,000 top up from York and Scarborough Hospitals Charity – the largest single award the charity has made to any project in the Trust.

Andrew Bertram, Finance Director, said: “I’m very proud to have supported this project and I’m delighted for the team in critical care for finally being able to launch this crucial advance in clinical care in their service. Funding projects like this is really at the core of improving quality and safety for our patients and without it we could not have got this project of the ground.”

The new system collates all the information about the patient and can be viewed at the end of the patient’s bed, data is collected in real time and reports can be viewed in much more detail.

Gillian Valentine, Sister on ICU, added: “This is an exciting system that enables us to give continuous advanced clinical assessments, treatment and care planning for our patients. It will promote communication between the Multidisciplinary Teams and the scope for research and development is phenomenal.

It will allow our nursing staff to have more time delivering bedside care as the need for writing observations, care plans will be eliminated as the system provides complete patient records.

Ultimately this is all about our patients and being able to deliver up to date gold standards of care."

The system finally rolls out in January at York ICU, much to the delight of staff on the unit, and will follow in February at Scarborough Hospital.

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Tonometers, Ophthalmology

This kit will allow patients to been seen more quickly and allows staff to get further on top of our ever-increasing backlog due to the pandemic. Due to our backlog we are holding data capture clinics to try and reduce harm to patients. 

These data capture clinics include the tonometers – which determines eye measurements.  These measurements will provide the clinicians the information they need to ensure patients are prioritised to come clinic or be discharged.  Patients will be safer as they will have their measurements reviewed in a virtual clinic prior to being seen in clinic and can be fast-tracked, or discharged if appropriate.  

Glaucoma is a condition that damages the eye’s optic nerve; intraocular pressure builds up and can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

The pressure can sometimes fluctuate during different times of the day; in a standard one -off clinic appointment it is possible to underestimate the amount of pressure in the eye, for this reason the clinician may opt to measure the pressure throughout the day.  This is known as intraocular pressure phasing and is carried out by a clinician, every hour on the hour for a full day, this is time consuming and disruptive for both the patient and the clinician.

I-Care Home tonometer is a revolutionary way of allowing the patient to undertake home monitoring in a quick, effortless and effective way, meaning that they no longer need to attend hospital for a full day.

The monitoring for changes between clinic visits can help reassure the clinician and the patient that their therapy is adequate and that the patient is compliant with treatment. If the eye pressure is not stable, then the clinician can recommend additional treatment or tailor the eye drop regimen to stabilize the pressure before permanent loss of tissue or visual field occurs.

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Reusable water bottles for ICU, Scarborough Hospital

Currently on ICU, staff have to continuously wear FFP3 masks due to the nature of critical care and aerosol generating procedures and the current state given the pandemic. Due to the nature of wearing these masks for even over an hour they become very hot and the masks filter the air removing some moisture making it uncomfortable and drying for staff. Most of the staff are working a minimum of 11 hours a days where staff can only have a refreshment break when the staff leave the unit which is hard to facilitate given the nature of the work required on ICU and having enough staff to release these breaks as to get a hot drink as it takes a minimum of 20 mins.

The bottles would help to facilitate a quick comfort break as they would be prefilled and allow staff to get off the unit for a quick 5 mins to get a cold drink before continuing their work in the unit which is a lot easier to facilitate.

Critical Care Educator, Matt Marks says, “The water bottles that I am distributing to the Nurses, Doctors, Ward Clerk/Data Clerk, Domestics and physios who have all gratefully receive the bottles and has been a well needed morale boost within the current climate

These bottles have helped staff to have an opportunity to get a quick cold drink and relief from wearing hot PPE and industrial face masks when dealing with critically ill patients both Covid positive and Covid negative.”


Arts in Hospitals, Trustwide

Artwork is so important to our hospitals, and it carefully selected or designed for the clinical spaces, creating a calming atmosphere, decrease anxiety and contribute to the healing process.

Arts Team Manager, Griselda Goldsbrough explains “The Arts Team provides a varied, ongoing programme of artistic enhancements to improve the environment and experience of being in the hospitals buildings and community based centres for patients, staff and visitors.

Art is such an important part of health and well-being. Research has shown that the use of the arts in hospitals can reduce stress and depression, increase staff morale, decrease a patient’s length of stay and even contribute to the reduction of the use of some medications.”

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Calm Rooms for staff, Trustwide

Thanks to your donations, along with money raised from NHS Charities Together, last year we have been able to fund ‘Calm Rooms’ for staff in across our hospitals. The idea is that if staff feel overwhelmed or need to take a time out from a stressful situation, they can visit the calm room and have some time to relax and gather their thoughts.


Feedback was incredibly positive and we’re delighted that we could offer this to staff amidst these difficult times.

Stress Awareness Day (insta & FB)Mental Health Support webinars for staff, Trustwide

Thanks to your donations, we have funded a number of projects to help reduce stress around our hospitals. Throughout the day, we’ll be sharing stories of just some of these projects and how they have benefitted both staff and patients

First up is recording equipment that we were able to provide for our Staff Wellbeing teams to create short webinars and videos on a range of staff support topics (eg emotional wellbeing, sleep, healthy eating etc). 

Ruth Dixon, Consultant Psychologist (Staff Wellbeing) says “We have lots of ideas for stress related videos, this may be a couple of minutes of anxiety management techniques, a breathing exercise, the ‘stress bucket’, mindful movement etc.  Our aim is really to support staff, but these things are pretty universal, so using Facebook or other social media is a nice speedy way of getting information out to people and keeping it fresh and up to date”

This is a fantastic project that will continue to support staff’s mental health for years to come. The videos are sure to be released in the coming months, so watch this space!


Memory boxes - Bereavement Services

The Bereavement Team work extremely closely with families of those who have lost loved ones and sadly these families often have young children who have to learn to process grief and loss.

The team noted that through the provision of a memory box, they can help the process in the initial stages of loss through items which are child engaging.

Leanne Covey in the team says, “Providing a memory box for a child allows them to create precious memories and gives them some comfort throughout the grieving process. Some examples of items that the memory box contains are a biodegradable balloon on which the child can write a message and release this balloon in a private memorial to their loved one.  Ink print kits to allow the child to have a precious hand print of their loved one which can be cherished and kept in the memory box is another inclusion. Children often draw pictures and write messages as a way of expressing their grief, feelings and memories of their loved one and the memory book would provide a place for the child to do this.”

The boxes also contain a book called ‘Muddles, Puddles & Sunshine’, allowing the children and their loved parent/carer to complete the activities in the book together and to talk about their feelings and their grief together.

Also included are bubbles to allow children to ‘blow a kiss to heaven’, two small teddy trinkets where one is placed with the parent/relative who has passed away, while the other remains in the memory box.

Leanne also explains that the box is white to allow for children to decorate them however they like and make them more personalised to them.

After he sadly lost his wife, Richard Crinnion and his family received support from the Bereavement Team, which included providing one of the memory boxes for his children. Richard spoke of how the boxes helped his children to process and work through the grief of losing their Mother.

So impressed with the care his family received, Richard set out to fundraise for more boxes. He took on the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge in order to allow the team to purchase more boxes.

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Thanks to your donations,  a number of toys and activities have been funded for children while they receive speech & language therapy. These toys and equipment are used in Clifton, Easingwold, Tadcaster, Selby, as well as being used for schools and home visits across the Trust.

Cath Brown, Advanced Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Speech and Language explains "We are really, really thankful to all of the fundraisers and donors. Therapy can sometimes be boring, so it’s nice to have something new and exciting for the children, so we are very grateful to receive it”

Other equipment that has been funded for AHPs working with children includes special supportive chairs, which help to give therapy to children with different needs.

Cath says “Sometimes children need stability to concentrate while undergoing therapy, and equipment such as these chairs need to give them that”

Laura ParlourExpiratory Muscle Strength Trainers in Scarborough

Thanks to your donations, the Speech & Language Therapy team can provide therapy using an Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainer. This small yet powerful piece of kit is used as part of a 5 week program to help patients with conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS, COPD or patients who had suffered strokes.

Laura Parlour, AHP Team Manager, explains “We recently had a patient with Parkinson’s disease who struggled to talk. After using the EMST for 5 weeks, her speech was much better, so much so that she could even call her sister! The consultant was really pleased with the outcome & the improvement with her swallowing”

“The Speech Therapy team are really excited to offer patients such an effective treatment to patients and to see the impact of the therapy has on their impairments & quality of life”

This is just one example of how a simple piece of equipment funded by the charity can have a big impact.

Eileen WatsonNelsons Court Rehab Unit Equipment

Thanks to your donations, a number of pieces of equipment for Nelsons Court Rehab Unit have been funded to benefit patients receiving a range of therapy from AHPs.

Items funded included additional adjustable stools, Elbow gutter frames, turntables, walkers and Zimmer frames, beautifully modelled by Betty!

Eileen Watson, AHP Team Leader, explains “To have a range of equipment means all sizes and needs can be catered for, so families don’t have to bring equipment from home and there isn’t a delay transporting it from different sites."

Having the additional equipment also means that patients can progress through therapy with no time delays, helping them get better more quickly.

Eileen says “Thank you to the charity and all its wonderful fundraisers and donors who made this new equipment possible, we really do appreciate your support!”

Thank you once again to Eileen and all our amazing AHPs for the work that you do across the Trust!

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Activity packs for Renal patients - Trustwide

Thanks to your donations along with donations from Shandy Hall and Kidney Care UK, the Arts Team have been able to fund activity packs for Renal patients.

Artists Tabitha Grove and Poppy Love Oldham had been previously working face to face with patients, developing their creativity whilst supporting their wellbeing. There was a gap to fill when the artists could no longer visit so the Arts Team sent out a patient survey to the wards to find out how we could best support patients.  The most popular answers to the question about what are the best things about doing art were “It distracts me” and “It’s worthwhile for my wellbeing.

The team said, “After liaising with staff on the wards we realised it was important to create a pack of activities that patients could use independently, without the need for staff intervention.  During dialysis patients have one arm hooked up to a machine so they don’t have full use of both arms. We decided to keep things relatively simple whilst offering a wide selection of activities.”

While they don’t replace the role of an artist on the wards we believe the activity packs will provide distraction for the patients during their dialysis and have a really positive impact on their wellbeing.

Palliative Care books

Info books for children - Palliative Care

Thanks to your donations, the Palliative Care Team have been able to fund ‘Winston’s Wish Foundation’ info books which focus on providing support to children when a parent/relative is seriously ill or may have died.

The team say, “We find these books invaluable. Sadly we hope this event is not a common occurrence but unfortunately in these difficult times it is important for our palliative care patients to have information around communicating with their children or grandchildren around death. Wherever possible we try to advocate that parents should be involved and these books are a key source of reference and information to help with these sometimes challenging conversations.”


Time out day for Senior Nursing Staff - Trustwide

Thanks to your donations, Senior Nursing leaders & Matrons from across the Trust were able to attend a ‘time out’ day at the Community Stadium to look at a project they could lead on that would make a massive difference to patient quality and care. Teams chose various projects to focus on such as handover to wards, nutrition and they work and communicate across teams.

The main element of the day was for the staff to have a time out, meet face to face and reflect on  a very difficult few years. Chief Nurse Heather McNair attended and encouraged the teams to take on new projects if it was to positively impact patients, and not have to constantly seek permission.

Feedback from the day has been incredibly positive, with staff members saying:

“It was so lovely to meet people for the first time and put faces to names.”

“The session was really supportive and encouraging.”

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Saebo MAS equipment - Johnson Ward, Bridlington Hospital

Thanks to your donations, the therapy team on Johnson Ward at Bridlington Hospital have been able to purchase a Saebo MAS which helps patients with upper limb weakness. It works by removing gravity, so the patient’s arm is unweighted allowing for improved movement and function. By allowing the Saebo MAS to support the arm, patients can perform exercises to strengthen the weakened shoulder and elbow.

Staff on the ward say, “Prior to receiving this piece of equipment us therapists would provide ‘hand over hand support’ to the weak upper limb. This involves holding and supporting the upper limb in dynamic movements for long periods of time. Hand over hand support can be physically challenging and can mean that more staff are needed to complete tasks and treatment sessions. Finally it enables patients to have more fluid movements in function, controlled and driven by them. It is a great rehab tool to direct the return of strength and movement.”

Patients have commented on the new equipment, saying “I think it’s fantastic and I can really see how it has helped”, and “it feels like I have control over my arm again!”

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Training mannequin - Clinical Education Team, York Hospital

Thanks to your donations, we have been able to fund a training mannequin for the Clinical Education Team.

The team say, “We can now provide regular teaching and support for staff, patients and students that previously we were unable to do. This has allowed us to demonstrate the practical tasks alongside, the theory and eLearning that are provided by the trust; we can then sign staff off as competent on their OSCE’s efficiently. We use the mannequin at least once a month to provide both Trache training and practical NG insertion Training to a variety of the Multi-disciplinary Team in the hospital.”

Since purchasing the mannequin, the team have been able to train over 100 staff already! They can also teach this clinical skill on the preceptorship programme to all the newly qualified nurses which was a new aspect they were able to offer October last year.

The team received a call from a Nurse a few months ago who had an acutely unwell patient requiring a Ryles tube insertion for a small bowel obstruction. The team were able to go down to the Emergency Department (ED) and assess the Nurse in placing the tube whilst they were still in ED. Previously  this would wait until the patient was in theatre or up on the ward, increasing the risk of aspiration and deterioration potentially having a detrimental impact on the patient.

The team would like to say a huge thank you to donors for helping to fund this incredible and useful tool in their training.

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Artwork in NHS Depts - Community Stadium, York.

Thanks to your donations and Friends of York Hospital, the Arts Team for the Trust has been able to install some fantastic artwork in the NHS departments of the Community Stadium in York.

The new artwork certainly brightens up the departments, giving them a more contemporary, welcoming feel and less clinical for patients in waiting areas.

Staff were asked to pick from a curated selection of paintings from The Scott Creative Arts Foundation Gallery (SCAF); helping to give a feel of more ownership to the project.

The Arts Team commissioned artwork by emerging artist, Russell Hughes to work with the idea of ‘Community’ for the Blood taking department at the first reception area you come to when you arrive at the NHS departments.

Russell Hughes is an artist and printmaker, based near York, who has created abstract landscapes, suggesting North Yorkshire’s rolling hills and colourful fields.

He undertook research which involved randomly selecting fourteen postcodes from in and around York, reflecting the use of the Community Stadium by York residents.

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Cranial Ultra Sound Scanner - SCBU, York Hospital

Thanks to your donations, SCBU have been able to purchase a cranial ultra sound scanner to identify changes within the neonatal brain that would alter management of care.

Staff Nurse Gail Lindley says, “These ultra sounds are performed on any preterm infants who are born before 33 weeks gestation and any preterm that is critically unwell regardless of gestation. The scan is entirely pain free and non-invasive that looks at the frontal, lateral and axial surface of the brain. The scan can identify anomalies within the brain which may have an effect on development later in life.”

The early diagnosis allows families to gain information, understanding and support from the medical staff.

Gail went on to say, “The purchase of the scanner has been of a great benefit to SCBU. It has allowed us to perform timely ultra sounds with clear images that can be printed and saved in the baby’s notes for future reference, or shared with other departments within the neonatal network.”

Tiny Habit Behaviour Design certification - Nutrition and Dietetics

Aimee NewtonThanks to your donations, Specialist Bariatric/Surgery/Gastroenterology Dietitian, Aimee Newton has been able to complete a course to look at behaviour change in a different way.

Aimee says, “Often people want to make lots of big changes, which are reliant on willpower, which as we know can come and go. This method does not rely on willpower and the secret is making the changes so tiny anyone can do them. These tiny habits may seem insignificant at first, but it can allow people to gain momentum to build up to bigger changes. This can then promote even bigger changes, such as changes in someone’s mind set.”

The course has provided Aimee with the skills to helping coach patients through this process. 

Patients have been wholly positive, saying things like:

“I can’t believe how the habit of smiling at myself in the mirror is changing me.  I usually look in the mirror and think, you’re so ugly, or you’re so fat, or you look so old. But by smiling at myself in the mirror I am seeing a positive side of me.  I have put make up on more and it has made me feel so much better about myself.  And I even ate at the table yesterday.”

“I don’t usually drink any more that 1 to 3 small drinks in a day or some days I wouldn’t have a drink let alone any glasses of water.  I drink large amounts of water every time I am in the kitchen or passing now. I am hoping to continue with all my new tiny habits!”





Refurb of the Radiology Registrar's Room - York Hospital

Thanks to your donations, we have been able to refit the Radiology Registrar’s room to provide a higher quality reporting environment. The room had not been updated for 20 years and with a National shortage of Radiologists, the department is in local competition with other local Trusts in recruiting trainees. With the improved workday accommodation, the department now hopes this will improve reputation and overall standing with trainees, encouraging them to return.

Dan Petty, Consultant Radiologist says, “Patients will benefit from increased report turnaround efficiency. The room will enhance the training experience for our trainees and demonstrate their importance to us. Providing a more ergonomic appropriately lit reporting environment for them to report in will enhance the quality of the reports that they produce and the quality of care that they give to our patients whilst they are with us.”

Feedback from other staff members in the department:

“The refurbishment in the registrar office has been a brilliant refreshment for the radiology registrars. The provision of new lockers, furniture including a couch and new chair, as well as an adjustable desk and dimmable lamp has improved the ergonomic layout as well as the ambience. We are very grateful, Thank you.” - Ebrahim

“The refurbishment has been something which as a trainee I know we are so grateful for. Having such a fresh space for ourselves definitely makes us feel welcome and settled into the department - a space to not only work but also safely store our belongings and to have a rest during on calls is something we are all so appreciative of.  I am envious of the incoming trainees who get to enjoy it for the next 6 months!” – Ujani


Attendance at the European Cystic Fibrosis Annual Conference 2021 

Thanks to your donations, Respiratory Specialist Nurse, Beverley Hibberd was given the opportunity to attend the European Cystic Fibrosis Annual Conference 2021 through charitable funding.

Beverley said, "Scientists and Health Professionals from all over the world attend this meeting to share knowledge, research, developments and improvements in care which supports standards for professionals to deliver."

Beverley goes on to say, "The developments in Cystic Fibrosis over the last few years have been vast and life changing for many of our patients. The expertise knowledge from the professionals coming together enables me and other health professionals to empower children with cystic fibrosis and their families in this rapidly developing area of health care, striving for excellence towards a life unlimited."

Beverley showed her support for 'Wear Yellow on Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day' (18/06/21)!

Dr Lottie Cowell

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology

Thanks to your donations, Dr Lottie Cowell (who works in the trust's Neuropsychology team) has been able to enhance her knowledge and learning through a postgraduate diploma!

Lottie says, "The course has provided me with the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge base in the neuropsychology field, which I have then been able to apply directly to my clinical work - providing therapy, psychoeducation and cognitive assessments to patients who present with a range of neurological difficulties. I am hopeful that my overall learning from the course will directly benefit my patients’ experience across York and Scarborough Neuropsychology services. I have recently completed my first year exams and I am looking forward to starting the second half of the course later this year."


Amputee & Vascular Rehab Infographic - York Hospital

Thanks to your donations,  we have been able to provide an infographic for Ward 11 at York Hospital.

The Infographic has clear images and descriptions of different types of surgery and things patients can do to aid their own rehabilitation and recovery. As well as being a useful resource for patients the infographic is also a great learning resource for all ward staff and students. It has helped to promote active recovery, help to end PJ Paralysis and aid with 24 hour rehabilitation principles.

Amputee Advanced Clinical Specialist, Scott Caul says, "Thank you so much for choosing to fund this project, I can’t thank you enough for supporting the Amputee and Vascular Patients to help recover quicker and get home sooner."

Other staff members have said, "This will be an invaluable resource for patients, relatives and staff to help people to understand what surgery they have had or are having and take charge of their own recovery."

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Tea party - Ward 25, York Hospital (Inspire Project)

Thanks to your donations, we were able to approve an application to the Inspire Project for a tea party for patients on Ward 25 at York Hospital!* 

Staff members on the ward applied for funding for a weekly tea party for 4-6 patients each time to be part of to enjoy time away from the clinical ward environment. The tea parties also incorporated activities that involved functional tasks and enjoyable games to improve physical and mental wellbeing for patients. 

The aim was to help promote independence on the ward to assist with returning home. Patients come in following a traumatic experience and this gives them the opportunity to spend time with other patients especially if they may not have visitors for a variety of reasons. It improves social interaction and shared experience whilst on the ward.

*Before Covid-19

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Posters & badges for deaf awareness – Trustwide

Thanks to your donations, new posters and badges have been purchased by Audiology, to highlight the importance of communication tactics and deaf awareness.

During the pandemic lots of people have struggled with masks, but for those who are hard of hearing, they take away lip-reading clues.

Audiologist, Nina Brown says, “I saw these posters on social media about 2 years ago, and bought some for the York waiting area with my own money. We frequently got positive feedback from both staff and patients about the posters, and we noticed that patients were often discussing the communication tactics on the posters with their relatives, prior to their appointment.”

The posters have been bought for all the sites covered by Audiology and will help more patients and staff to improve their understanding of communication tactics and deaf awareness.

One patient even said, ‘I like your posters – I should get them for my family to read at home!’

Nina went on to say, “When you’re doing a busy clinic you can forget to face patients properly and speak clearly, but it’s so important to always do this to support communication with all patients, as anyone might have trouble hearing.’ These posters prompted us to have a bit of discussion about how we can be Covid-safe without it impacting on the quality of the care of patients who lip-read.”

Nina and her colleagues in Audiology wanted to thank donors for helping to improve communication skills and deaf awareness across the Trust.


Sara Stedy standing aid - ICU, York Hospital

ICU in York had a very outdated turntable to support patients to stand. It was a very impractical piece of kit for the and was often labour intensive taking 3 members of staff to stand a patient. There was no resting seat once stood so it made transferring patients quite tricky and time limiting at times.

Your donations have helped to ensure the team can continue to provide the best possible care and to promote recovery for these patients. They purchased two Sara Stedy standing aids.

Senior Physiotherpaist, Scott Caul says, "The Standing Aids are a massive help in helping patients to recover from Critical Illness. The two Sara Stedy aids are an invaluable piece of kit, allowing patients to transfer with less members of staff, more safely due to having time to sit between stands/transfers, with less risk of falls and getting standing quicker to help their recovery off the unit and home."


‘E-Skin’ silicone colour scanning & mixing device - Inspire Project

Historically, silicone colour mixing is done by the highly skilled Prosthetist working with the patient in attendance, to mix the clear silicone base material with colour pigments to individually colour silicone, ready to create a realistic and life-like facial prosthetic for patients.

The process is extremely time consuming, with the patient sitting for prolonged periods (often 1.5 to 3 hrs) in a clinical setting, this is often an uncomfortable experience and the result can be variable depending on local factors such as ambient room lighting, outside sunlight and room temperature.

Thanks to your donations, patient appointments will be quicker and more comfortable, with better results. This also creates extra sessions to be available to other patients, so improving the service efficiency further.

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Refurbishment of mortuary viewing room, Scarborough Hospital

Caring for patients at death, as in life, is vitally important. It is essential that the bereaved relatives are given space and time to grief in an appropriate setting. It is distressing for families as they view their deceased family member, therefore the experience and environment is essential. The quality and compassionate care delivered in Scarborough mortuary is excellent, however the environment experience was extremely poor, and did not adhere to the importance that end of life care is emphasized.

This refurbishment has meant that staff can now welcome families into a space that is warm and welcoming. This will put them at ease and make their experience the best it can be given the circumstances.

Mortuary Technician, Chris Williams said, “Having this refurbishment will make such a difference to the relatives that come in here.  Just something as simple as a nice comfortable chair to sit on whilst they sit with their loved one is so important. We haven’t been able to have anyone into visit since Covid, so we are pleased to have used this time to make such beneficial improvements to all”.


Prayer rooms & ablution facilities - Scarborough Hospital

Thanks to a BAME grant from NHS Charities Together, we have been able to refurbish male and female Muslim prayer rooms at Scarborough Hospital. We have also created ablution facilities, installing wudu stations in male and female wash rooms to support ritual washing before prayer.

Thanks to generous donations you have made, both male and female prayer rooms were redecorated, re-carpeted, have new blinds and lighting and have new shoe shelves. The prayer rooms have to be neutral colours, with no décor or furniture and have a prayer mat on the floor.

The ablution facilities include wudu wash stations, specific sanitary ware used for ritual washing, an appropriately specified WC , along with relevant fixtures and fittings for accessibility, a wash hand basin, hand dryers which are positioned to safely dry both hands and feet after ablutions, and a place to sit to take shoes and socks on and off. Lockers have also been fitted and the windows have had privacy screening applied.

Work will be starting in summer on ablution facilities for York Hospital which are also being funded by NHS Charities Together.

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Thanks to your donations, Healthcare Science Associate Practitioner, Laura Jeffery has been able to complete a Molecular Biology and Genetics course, allowing her to meet the educational standards for obtaining an Institute of Biomedical Science Certificate of Competence to become a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist.

Laura says, "This course has given me experience of appraising methods for the study of human chromosomes and DNA and use of software tools for the analyses and interpretation of molecular biology data. I studied principles of the methods used to study human chromosomes and DNA, epigenetics, the identification of genes for Mendelian diseases, testing and screening for genetic susceptibility. Up-to-date knowledge of clinical genetics within the team will help deliver laboratory support to clinical trials with genetics components and improve the experience of R&D Laboratory service users."

Laura also expressed her thanks to our fantastic donors for allowing her to complete this fantastic learning opportunity.

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Healthy Bladder & Bowel Education Course - Paediactrics, York Hospital

Thanks to your donations, prior to Covid-19, a selection of the Bladder & Bowel Specialist Nurses were able to attend an education course on continence training in children with additional needs. This included how to attain bladder and bowel control and teaching children with additional needs how to sit on the toilet, dependent on their mobility.

Feedback was excellent, with Nurse Lisa Greenman saying colleagues were very impressed with the day and thanked the charity and donors for funding the course.

Shockwave therapy

Shockwave Therapy Machine - Bridlington Hospital

Thanks to your donations, we have been able to purchase a shockwave therapy machine for Bridlington Hospital. The treatment was previously only available in York so now being able to offer it on the East Coast will support demand there.

Having a local service will encourage patients to have this non-evasive procedure which can have the same positive outcome as surgery. There is no recovery time, no surgery risk and has proved highly successful. It is a 5 to 10 minute treatment weekly for three to five weeks and can be performed by the consultant and or a senior physiotherapist.

Senior Physiotherapist, Mark Tennant says, "It involves pulsing mechanical shockwaves at around 10hz through the damaged area to breakdown scarring. The treatment encourages an inflammatory response that aids tissue regeneration and recovery. There is a great body of evidence that this works well. It means we can treat conditions such as calcification of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, tendonitis and plantar fasciitis."

Warm winter coats - Community Teams
Winter coats

Thanks to your donations, we have been able to supply everyone in our Community Teams with warm, durable coats for the winter. The teams were over the moon with their new coats, describing them as "lovely and warm" and "very smart."

The fleece part is detachable so the teams can use it as a cardigan in the warmer months, so the coat can be used in some capacity all year round.

The teams want to thank you for your donations and allowing this to happen.

Lilac Ward Reminiscence Pod and itemsInspire Project - Reminiscent pod for Scarborough Lilac ward

Ward Sister, Debra Mears works on a busy surgical ward at Scarborough Hospital with the majority of patients being elderly and increasingly those with dementia.

After putting in an Inspire Project application, Debra said, "The elderly love to talk about their old days and what luxuries they didn’t have and patients with dementia often only remember the things in their past. We chose the vintage tea room as we have majority of female patients and we could set these pods up in a bay for them."

The pop-up pods consist of a an old record player to play music from the 40s and 50s, photo albums, newspapers, games and a tea set.

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Inspire Project - Educational tools for children

Community Nurse, Martha works with schools and parents to ensure children have medical needs met whilst at school. Following an Inspire Project application, your donations have helped Martha in her role. We were able to purchase a giant set of teeth to show children how to brush their teeth and keep up with dental hygiene, along with a male and a female doll to help show children how their bodies change during puberty.

Martha says, "The children now have visual support with their learning. They feel relaxed and are more likely to ask questions about their health needs. Parents are really pleased with the additional support around puberty and body development as this can be a difficult subject to talk about."

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Aromatherapy for labour ward - York Hospital

Thanks to your donations, the maternity ward at York is able to offer the use of aromatherapy in labour and childbirth. You have helped to fund diffusers for maternity patients.

Staff on the ward say that many woman have more positive birth experiences and the aromatherapy can help to alleviate some of the anxiety around labour.

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Refurbished staff area - Laboratory Medicine, York Hospital

Thanks to your generous donations, the charity is pleased to have funded the refurbishment of the staff room in our Laboratory Medicine Department!

The department has over 200 staff, who require a clean separate area to eat and drink which is not permitted in the laboratory. It is particularly important in recent times to have a comfortable space to unwind, with staff working hard to keep up with increased demand due to Covid-19.

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ICU infographic - Scarborough Hospital

Following the resounding success of the ICU/Critical Care infographic at York Hospital, we've been able to fund one for Scarborough Hospital too. The staff were overjoyed with the new addition to the department and explained how it will help families of patients understand the different equipment which can appear scary and worrying.

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Dementia and Audiology course - York Hospital

Hearing loss and dementia are two of the most chronic conditions affecting older people. As our ageing population grows, the prevalence of both conditions is expected to increase. Dementia and hearing loss have similar symptoms so whilst the cognitive impairment is addressed, hearing loss will often go undiagnosed.

Senior Audiologist, Jenny Douglas says, "There was a growing need for a member of the team to be specialised in the treatment and management of dementia, specifically within audiology and this course enabled to do that. I used the course in conjunction with internal dementia training and the emerging leaders’ course."

Jenny goes on to say, "The funding and training has enabled me and the department to set up a specialist dementia friendly clinic for those that have been diagnosed with dementia or cognitive decline at York Hospital. This is a specialist clinic with trained staff, regular follow-ups and specially developed information packages to enable better access to patients who are living with dementia. Without the funding for the training course, none of the above would have been possible."

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Palliative Care wedding boxes - Scarborough Hospital

Thanks to your donations, we have been able to fund assorted decorations and items for wedding ceremonies.

Sue Salt, Admin Assistant in Palliative Care says, "Often when a palliative care patient requests a wedding/renewal of vows in hospital this has to be organised quickly. Once the formalities are checked, it is a real team effort from ward staff, chaplaincy, catering staff and palliative care staff to work together to make this as special an occasion as possible."⁠

Helena Demir, Vicky Angell, Jennie Booth and Joe Fenton_2Bedside lockers - Trustwide

Rachel Brook, Fundraising Manager, said: “As usual we have our generous donors to thank for raising funds for projects like the new bedside lockers. This is a typical example where we can fund the extras to improve facilities above and beyond the NHS for the benefit of patients.”⁠

Jennie Booth, Lead Nurse Medicines Management, explained: “We have looked at every aspect of how we can make the lockers more practical and easy to use for patients as well as taking into consideration patient feedback."⁠

The first batch have been installed at Selby Hospital, White Cross Court and St Monica’s Hospital.⁠

020920 Learning Disabilities Team SGHActivities for patients with learning disabilities - Trustwide

Thanks to your donations, the Learning Disability Liaison Team & Safeguarding Adults Team were able to purchase a range of activities including; sensory lights, DVD players, CD players, colouring and craft activities, iPads and magnetic body boards which help explanation when discussing planned treatment.

Last year, the team completed a sponsored bike ride for the hospital charity to enable them to raise funds to purchase this equipment.

They said, "In our role, we wanted to be able to provide those with learning disabilities, a range of equipment and activities to provide distraction to patients and help them feel less anxious when in hospital."

Romina RodriguezNursing top up degree - York Hospital

Thanks to your donations, Staff Nurse in Theatres at York Hospital, Romina Rodriguez was awarded with a £2,000 bursary towards her top-up degree nursing course at Leeds Beckett University.

Romina says, "I have been a staff nurse at York Hospital for over 5 years. Currently holding a Diploma in Nursing, I feel the need to develop academically in order to maintain my knowledge and keep my skills up to date. Our NHS is in continuous development and to undertake higher education is the way to provide current evidence based care to our patients."

"I have been able to share this information at my workplace encouraging my colleagues to use these tools to find their own ways to improve their practice."

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British Society of Rheumatology Nursing education course - Trustwide

Thanks to your generous donations, Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adele Arton was able to attend a 2 day education and training course in Newcastle to broaden her knowledge.

The course enabled Adele to understand key clinical features in diagnosing common inflammatory disorders and corresponding radiological features. It helped her understand how to increase the effectiveness of a drug counselling consultation and effective patient education. Adele also said it helped her learn how to deal with patients who have common problems with blood results and have contacted nurse helplines or are attending monitoring clinics.

Adele said, "I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this well-structured, friendly and intensive learning event. A big 'thank you' to York Teaching Hospital Charity for enabling me to secure a place on this beneficial and memorable event."


Rota stand for DEXA Scans - Scarborough Hospital

A new rota stand was needed to transfer patients from standing to a seated position for their scans. Patients requiring a DEXA scan may need one to determine whether their health issues have left them with a calcium deficiency which can in turn affect their bones and result in other health problems.

The scan takes place on a bed and requires the patient to be lying down. The new rota stand enables patients to be moved safely, with dignity and in a controlled manner; making the experience so much better for both the patient and staff.

Scarborough Theatres Transfer Trolley

Patient Transfer Trolley- Scarborough Hospital

You have made it possible to fund a new patient transfer trolley for the Theatres team at Scarborough Hospital. Any patient transfer to other hospitals requires a huge amount of equipment so a specialist trolley is needed to ensure the patient is kept safe.

Theatres team leader Claire Jackson said, “The previous trolley was over 15 years old and with the generous help of the hospital charity, we were able to purchase a new one which enables the safe, effective and often time critical transfer of patients when they are seriously ill. The trolley is compatible with ambulances meaning when the team is ready to safely transfer the patient an ambulance crew assist.

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Bereavement Survival Kits - York & Scarborough hospitals (Inspire Project)

The Bereavement Services team support up to 250 bereaved families a month within York & Scarborough hospital, offering support to those who need it at a difficult time of loss.

The simple idea of offering a tangible memento for people to link with at home came at a minimal cost but acts as a reminder that the care and thoughts extend beyond the boundaries of the hospitals.

Bereavement Officer, Trish Bell said "The funding has enabled us to offer these kits to help people interpret their own values, beliefs and needs, potentially making all the difference in someone's life." 

The survival kit is made available for families to choose and focuses on 7 days to represent each day of the week; containing 7 small trinkets that are linked to a short quote written on card.

Trish said "the kit would help to support people's mental health when they are at their lowest with a gentle, warm approach to show that we care."

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Respiratory Bags, Scarborough Hospital

The Respiratory team provide care to many patients within the hospital and these patients can often be on different wards across the site, meaning that there is a lot of movement for the team. Many of their patients require minor procedures that can be done at the bedside and this comes with the need for the equipment to carry out the procedure.

Respiratory Clinical Teaching Fellow, Ru Rupesinghe realised she was spending a lot of time on the wards gathering all the equipment she needed to carry out the procedure and felt that this wasn't the best use of her time. So she applied for funding for a carry case which could hold all of the equipment she needed and could be easily carried around with her.

She said "It’s a simple enough item that has made a huge difference to my time. I can now treat patients more effectively and my time is used more efficiently."

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British Association of Skin Cancer Nurse Specialists Conference

Skin Cancer Specialist Nurses, Helen Pape and Emily Shephard attended the annual British Association of Skin Cancer Nurse Specialists Conference in Birmingham.

Emily said "This was a perfect opportunity to network with other NHS Trust's and share best practices so we can constantly improve patient experience."

Helen said the funding from York Teaching Hospital Charity had enabled her to liaise with reps and on-site consultants about the potential future of a nurse-led service. Emily advised that this would enable patients to have longer appointments, with specialist nurses leading the service from diagnosis to follow up and education following treatment. "The conference was great and I am excited about the next steps we are trying to implement across the Trust to become a more nurse-led service."

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PhD Research in Patient Safety

Clinical Fellow in Patient Safety, William Lea is being given the opportunity to gain more advanced qualifications through PhD research.

William’s research focuses on looking at how our hospitals can find new ways to make healthcare even safer. William says “I am involved in patient safety and quality improvement work at the Trust, and I hope that my research will directly support us to be safer and provide the best quality of care we can.”

Radiology Room

Radiology Duty Room at York Hospital

The Radiology Duty room has been fully refurbished thanks to your donations.
The room is a place for the on-duty radiologist to discuss results, give advice and quickly answer questions from GPs, Doctors and Radiographers from across the Trust. The department are overjoyed with the refurbished room, which means patients will be diagnosed and treated quicker.

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Oxygen Wristbands on Ward 34, York Hospital

Ward 34 at York Hospital were able to apply to charitable funds for Oxygen Wristbands for their patients. The colour coded bands help staff to identify the patients’ target saturation range; ensuring the correct level of Oxygen is prescribed.
The wristbands are a simple and effective method to ensure patient safety, acting as an immediate visual prompt for staff. The staff on the ward were over the moon when they received them!


Simulation Baby in Emergency Department

To help train multi-disciplinary teams in dealing with procedures on babies. For example; infant airway management, defibrillation, insert of IV lines and blood sampling.

The SimBaby can simulate a baby breathing and crying. It can also be programmed to replicate a serious illness such as Meningitis, allowing for staff to work on a realistic scenario. With realistic anatomy and clinical functionality it is suitable for training of routine care through to emergencies that may be critical.

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Infographic in ICU at York Hospital

Consultant Robert Ferguson was able to apply to charitable funds for this infographic.
Robert explained how it helps families understand equipment & procedures in the Critical Care Department as it can be a very frightening and confusing time for them.

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New chairs in Scarborough Hospital Fracture Clinic.

We were able to buy comfier, movable chairs for the Fracture Clinic at Scarborough Hospital. The staff are certainly happy with the improvement!

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Royal College of Nursing Credentialing for Advanced Level Nursing Practice.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist, Maxine Rawle, was able to gain formal recognition of her level of expertise and skill in her clinical practice, leadership, education and research.

Having successfully been awarded the credential, Maxine is now included on a publicly available database of credentialed nurses and has a badge and certificate to reflect this.
Maxine was the first IBD Nurse in the Country to gain this credential!

Without donations from our supporters, we would not have been able to fund this and we are thrilled that Maxine now has the recognition she deserves and can support and reassure patients from a more knowledgeable background.

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