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Happy 70th birthday NHS

On Thursday 5 July the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday and the Trust joined the celebrations with a number of events and activities taking place across our sites throughout the week and on the day.

York Hospital lit up blue for the whole week and staff celebrated with around 20 7Tea parties across the Trust in support of York Teaching Hospital Charity. BBC Look North filmed at St Monica’s, the region’s smallest hospital, and BBC Radio York broadcasted their breakfast show from York Hospital on the day, featuring interviews with staff and patients. York Hospital Radio interviewed staff about their roles and covered York Teaching Hospital Charity’s Sparkling SevenTea party at the Hospitium in York.

On Saturday 7 July Bridlington Hospital celebrated its 30th birthday, as well as NHS70, giving visitors the chance to look behind the scenes. On the same day, Selby Hospital held an Open Day for the local community which raised over £2,000. And the inevitable selfie frame went on tour to help people celebrate.

Our Celebration of Achievement event will continue the NHS70 theme and we will be rounding off the year at our annual York Minster NHS Carol Service, a unique opportunity for NHS staff, past and present, to gather to take time out from their busy duties to give thanks and rejoice.

Scarborough babies welcomed with gifts

New babies born at Scarborough Hospital’s maternity unit were welcomed into the world with gifts and a party on the 70th birthday of the NHS.

Staff both past and present, along with patients and visitors, enjoyed tea and cake and the new babies were presented with goody bag with gifts of a heart shaped keepsake, a hand knitted cardigan and baby suit.

Debbie Hollingsworth, sister on Hawthorne Ward, said: “We’ve all had a wonderful time celebrating this special birthday for the NHS.  Staff from all roles right across maternity services joined in the fun with colleagues new and old.  Thanks to all our staff for their cake baking but most of all for the support from the local community.

“A big thank you to Scarborough Football Club for providing special commemorative baby suits for our newly born Scarborough babies, and to Andrea Willis and our local knitters for their gifts.”

York maternity welcomes NHS70 ‘baby’

Head of Maternity, Liz Ross, along with staff from the maternity unit, gave one local woman a very special birthday on 5 July. The team welcomed Jennifer Walker, who was born at York Maternity Hospital exactly 70 years before, to help celebrate her birthday with the NHS.

Jennifer relates the story of her mum being in hospital a week before she was born when she had to pay – much to her displeasure - and the week after when she didn’t!

Minster celebrations

Two lucky staff members joined the special service at Westminster Abbey after their names were picked at random. Sally Broad, Operational Manager Cytology and Sharon Rhodes, Healthcare Assistant, were chosen following a call in May for people to put their name forward. 

A number of staff attended the choral service at York Minster, hosted by Linda Nolan with an introduction by Jeremy Hunt.

Nurses revisit their past

In the same week, seven of our former nurses paid a visit to York Hospital.  Each of the nurses started their careers 40 years ago at the hospital and spent the day touring the site and reminiscing about their careers.


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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

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.