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Meet our Governors - Whitby

Stephen Hinchcliffe

Stephen Hinchcliffe - Governor of Whitby

Stephen has been the Governor for Whitby and Esk Valley for 5 years. During that time he has endeavoured to work with the Trust after the merger, to enhance community and hospital services both at Whitby and Scarborough.

Significant improvements have taken place at Scarborough Hospital with a new modern ward, department upgrades and car parking. He feels York Trust have worked very hard to develop the efficiency of community services in Whitby and the Esk Valley before the transfer to NHS Humber trust.

Stephen worked initially in printing technology, post university in Liverpool , he did physiological research into hormonal control of gastric secretion.

He was then in teaching for 35 years and has the National Head Teacher qualification. After retiring he became a partner in a gardening business for 4 years, before moving back to  Whitby.  Stephen is a Local Authority Governor for 2 schools, as well as his role with the Trust.

Stephen continues to work hard as a Public Governor within the Trust to further the development of Scarborough Hospital, to provide high quality services to Whitby and Esk Valley residents when they make their choices for treatment. He is committed to working with the Trust to offer local consultant clinics across a range of services in Scarborough and Whitby.

Stephen has involved himself in many of the Trusts vital committees and this has been very important in developing his understanding of the structure and management of one of the largest geographical Health Trusts in England.

Whitby and the Esk Valley has an unusual position in terms of health provision with its geographical position linking it to South Tees and Hambleton/Richmondshire, as well as York/Scarborough.

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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.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.