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Amazing year for Research and Development

The Trust's Research and Development team are celebrating a fantastic year after smashing their target to recruit patients to clinical trials.

The region’s annual target for the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network is 65,000 patients which is divided between the 22 partner organisations, of which the Trust is one. Each year they set a target based on the current portfolio, previous history and the numbers of studies closing and possibly opening in the year.

Lydia Harris, Head of Research and Development, explained: “We were set a stretching target of 3539 patients to recruit into clinical trials in our Trust from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. It’s important that we meet this target as it determines our money flow into the Trust for the next financial year, which pays for all our research staff. 

“We’re delighted to have recruited 4552 patients to a whole range of clinical trials – that’s almost a thousand more patients than our target! Currently in York and Scarborough alone we have 147 research studies open to recruitment, 41 of which were opened this year. 

“This is a truly amazing achievement and thank you to everyone for their support, hard work and dedication.”

Patients have been recruited into clinical trials across a wide range of specialties at both York and Scarborough hospitals. 

Trust successes:

  • Highest recruiter in a national study for rheumatology with over 320 patients recruited to date
  • Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and the pain specialty group now sees York Hospital recruit 25 percent of the total number of patients in clinical trials in England
  • First UK patient recruited into national cardiology trial ARIADNE
  • 716 recruits since January 2017 for the Yorkshire Health Study, a questionnaire based study for anyone living in the Yorkshire area and assessing the health and lifestyle across the county
  • A gastro study, run in the Trust since 2014, has been adopted producing 700 recruits since March 2016

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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.