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'Living with and Beyond Cancer' event at York Hospital

A ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ event is being held at York Hospital, Monday 4 June 2018. The event, the first of its kind for the Trust, is an opportunity for anyone affected by cancer, including friends, family and carers, to find out more about the many support and community projects available to help support them.

The event is being organised by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with support from the York Teaching Hospital Charity. The Trust’s Lead Cancer Nurse, Jackie Frazer, explained: “Cancer survival is improving all the time and has doubled over the last 40 years. For a number of cancers, including breast and skin cancer, more than eight out of 10 people will survive their disease.

"Research has led to better treatments, new drugs, more accurate tests, earlier diagnosis and screening programmes - giving patients a better chance of survival, which is wonderful.

“With more and more people now living with and beyond cancer it is vital that support continues during and after treatment. This event is an unique opportunity to demonstrate what the Trust and other local charities and organisations are doing to support people affected by cancer.”

The event has been planned to coincide with National Cancer Survivorship Celebration Day, which this year falls on Sunday 3 June. The day aims to show the world that there is life after a cancer diagnosis - and it’s something to celebrate.

Jackie added: “With over 20 stands available there is sure to be something of interest for everyone - from Macmillan, York Against, Cancer Research - to a range of local charities and organisations. There will also be several teams and departments from the NHS Trust on hand to explain more about the work we do and offer advice. We look forward to welcoming anyone who would like to come along.”

The event takes place in the main foyer at York Hospital on Monday 4 June, between 11am-3pm. The event is free to attend and open to everyone. Refreshments will be available courtesy of York Teaching Hospital Charity and there is free parking for any attending the event. For more information contact MacmillanRecoveryPackage@york.nhs.uk

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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.