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COPD teams lead by example

The Trust’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) teams have been recognised for their best practice by the Royal College of Physicians National COPD Audit Programme.

Since April 2017 all acute trusts in England have been required to enter national audit data on every patient admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation of COPD.

This data is used to monitor the quality of COPD care delivered at different hospitals across the country, and allows comparison between different hospital trusts. Caroline Everett, Respiratory Consultant, explained: “The respiratory specialist nursing teams work extremely hard to review patients admitted acutely to York and Scarborough hospitals with exacerbation of COPD.

“They aim to review patients within 24 hours of admission and ensure that a ‘bundle’ of the vital elements of high quality COPD care are delivered to each patient.

“Many of these elements of care such as ensuring inhaler technique is correct, giving advice and support on smoking cessation, or referring patients for pulmonary rehabilitation are known to improve outcomes and reduce re-admissions for COPD patients. These would often be inadvertently missed without the intervention of the respiratory nursing teams. “Together with their admin support workers the nurses also ensure that information on this care is documented in the patient’s record and communicated with community and primary care teams at the time the patient is discharged from hospital.

“The results from the first quarter year of National Audit of this activity has confirmed that our Trust has met the required standard for best practice and is one of only 32 hospitals nationally to achieve this. This is entirely due to the hard work and dedication of the respiratory nursing teams at both hospital sites.”

As well as having entered a substantial number of patient records, the team in York were also commended for their spirometry results. This is the test used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air people breathe out in one forced breath. The team will share their best practice to support hospitals who are struggling in this area.

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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 https://bit.ly/39ANleP


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.