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LIVEX – Volunteers wanted

The Trust is currently looking for volunteers who would be willing to act as casualties for each exercise from the Trust Governors. Volunteers would be needed for both days (i.e. the 2 and 3 July or the 5 and 6 July) and would need to be prepared to have special effects make up applied to them, to mimic the look of some of the types of injuries that have been seen in recent terrorist incidents (e.g. stab and shrapnel wounds). Volunteers would need to work with Trust clinicians, the Army and Yorkshire Ambulance Service on the day to help create a realistic training environment for our staff.

This is a fantastic, one off opportunity to support and contribute to the training and development of our front line clinical staff who might need to respond if the worst were to happen. Reasonable expenses will be paid and lunch will be provided on both days.

As we are all too aware, the threat of a significant mass casualty incident occurring in the UK, possibly arising from terrorist activities continues to be severe. In North Yorkshire we are determined to ensure that we are doing everything we can to be prepared for such an incident. Training and exercising our key frontline NHS staff, so that they have experience of working in this uniquely challenging situation, and are familiar with how to put into practice the Trust Incident Response Plan is an important part of being prepared.

In the week of 2nd July 2018 the Trust is running a Simulation Mass Casualty Live Exercise (LIVEX) with the support of the 2 Medical Brigade of the Army, at the Army Medical Services Training Centre (AMSTC) in Strensall, outside York. The exercise will involve recreating the Emergency Department of either York or Scarborough on the floor space of the AMSTC using partitions and fake walls, and then adding equipment, phones, IT and consumables to the space to make it as real as possible. For the duration of the exercise the recreated department will be staffed will a full complement of York Trust Emergency Department staff for the duration of the exercise.

The plan is to run two exercises during the course of the week of the 2 July 2018 - one for York Hospital staff and then one for Scarborough Hospital Staff. Each exercise will be two days long and encompass one day for training all exercise participants (including casualty volunteers) and then the following day for actually doing the exercise.  The York Hospital exercise will be on the 2 and 3 July and the Scarborough Hospital exercise will be on the 5 and 6 July.

If you wish to take part, please email Rebekah Walkington at Rebekah.Walkington@york.nhs.uk by Friday 11 May. Please state which set of days you can do or if you are really keen whether you can do both.  Please be aware that we will also need to register you using your email address if you volunteer to take part.

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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.


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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

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