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‘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”.


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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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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.


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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.


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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."⁠


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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.⁠


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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."


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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."


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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.


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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.”


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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!


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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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