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Hundreds sign up to safety

Over 560 staff and colleagues from primary and secondary healthcare attended the Trust’s Patient Safety Conference, at York Racecourse on Friday 9 June 2017.

The conference, which attracted a mixture of medical staff, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals from right across the region and further afield, was the third conference of its kind for the Trust.

Chaired by the Trust's Medical Director, James Taylor, Chief Nurse, Beverley Geary and Chief Executive Patrick Crowley, the day was planned to coincide with the Trust’s clinical governance day to give as many staff as possible the opportunity to attend.

The day's agenda featured international and national speakers, as well as a number of local speakers.  The keynote speaker was Dr Lori Paine from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Baltimore, who presented on ‘Leading to High Reliability: A Cultural Transformation’.

James Taylor, Medical Director, said: "Sign up to Safety is a national initiative to help NHS organisations and their staff achieve their patient safety aspirations and care for their patients in the safest way possible.

"Organisations who Sign up to Safety commit to strengthen patient safety by setting out the actions they will undertake in response to five Sign up to Safety pledges, one of which is listening and learning.

"The conference gave us an invaluable opportunity to listen and learn. In addition it gave our staff, who work in all different roles, the opportunity to hear about the fantastic work that is taking place to improve patient safety - as well as what we need to do in the future to continue to reduce harm for our patients.”

During the day nearly 40 exhibitions from both internal, external and partner organisations, showcased their work and improvements in patient safety.  One of the exhibitions was for the Trust’s new ‘Institute’ - an innovative approach which will bring together a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience from across the Trust to drive innovation and change.

Awards were also made for the best abstracts for research or improvement work that represents a contribution in the area of healthcare improvement. This year 124 submissions were received, with the nine winning abstracts covering themes such as measuring and monitoring patient safety, patient centred care, teamwork and prevention of deterioration and harm.

The three winning posters came from Gemma Hancock, Tissue Viability; Michael Harness, Paul Hanna and Carmen Nusco, Dietetics; and Ben Richardson and Laurence Webb, Physiotherapy Department.

"The conference gave us an invaluable opportunity to listen and learn. In addition it gave our staff, who work in all different roles, the opportunity to hear about the fantastic work that is taking place to improve patient safety - as well as what we need to do in the future to continue to reduce harm for our patients.”

James Taylor, Medical Director





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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.

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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.