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Celebrating NHS 70

This year the NHS turns 70 and across the Trust we plan to join this special celebration.

A programme of activity is scheduled both nationally and locally that spans the whole of the year and will peak around the actual birthday of 5 July 2018.

Across the Trust teams from communications, arts, fundraising and volunteering have combined efforts to create a programme that reflects the present and past NHS, to appreciate how far this unique organisation has come over the past 70 years.

Look out for the arts project capturing staff and patients in the NHS in a series of photographs which will provide the basis for an exhibition. There will also be music, poetry and fundraising events across the Trust all with the NHS 70 theme.

Susan Symington, Chair of the Trust, said: “This year is a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate the organisation that we’re so proud to work for. Taking the time to appreciate all that our staff do, and have done throughout the years to care for patients and ensure the smooth running of our hospitals and services, is hugely significant.”

A regional highlight will be a music concert in York Minster on 5 July which is open to all. The fundraising team are planning a tea party for patients and staff, a themed fundraising afternoon tea on 5 July, and activities with schools.

The volunteering team will call for people to donate 70 hours of time to coincide with National Volunteers Week, and will focus on our own volunteers and their stories.

And the communications team is on the search for your stories.

So much has changed over 70 years, we would love to hear the memories of long serving staff members, family stories of the early days of the NHS, local knowledge and connections and even how our newest recruits feel about being part of the NHS. It’s the people who work within the NHS who make it the organisation it is, and we would love to hear from you. We have a whole year to celebrate so get in touch and we’ll share all your wonderful thoughts and memories!

Contact elaine.vinter@york.nhs.uk or call 772 1592.

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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.