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NHS70 celebrations

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust kicked off the NHS70 celebrations at the start of the year with a campaign to collect 70 faces of the NHS and showcase them on social media and on the Trust’s website.  The campaign has proved popular on Facebook with a regular interaction from colleagues, friends and patients and has prompted interest from the local media.

A call to the public for their stories of the NHS resulted in emails (and even letters!) from residents across the region coming forth with their experiences as staff and patients. We heard from staff about their family history in the NHS - Maria who came from Italy over 50 years ago with barely any English and worked as a cleaner at York Hospital whose granddaughter works now works there, Cynthia’s vivid description of the life of a radiographer back in 1948, and current nurses who were now third generation in their family.  Patients have contacted the Trust describing how they wouldn’t be here now without the NHS, particularly the tale of three year old Polly who survived a catastrophic heart incident and whose grateful grandmother claims ‘if one aspect of the NHS had failed her that early morning and for next few weeks she would not be with us.’

York Hospital will light up blue for the whole week as staff celebrate with around 20 7Tea parties across the Trust.  There is an abundance of media activity planned across the area including BBC Look North, who will feature St Monica’s, the regions smallest hospital and BBC Radio York will be broadcasting live from York Hospital on the day - featuring interviews with staff.   The inevitable selfie frame will be on tour to help staff celebrate!

York Teaching Hospital Charity will be hosting a SparklingSevenTea party on the day at the Hospitium, York.  Guests will be treated to a sparkling welcome drink and classic afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Hospitium, Museum Gardens.

On Saturday 7 July Bridlington Hospital will be celebrating its 30th birthday, as well as NHS70, and to help celebrate the hospital doors will be thrown open to friends, families and visitors to showcase the great work of the hospital - both past and present.  Visitors will be able to visit Yorkshire’s flagship mobile chemotherapy unit , drop in on the wards, take a unique behind the scenes tour of the hospital facilities, food taste in the canteen… and much, more!  For the younger ones there is a unique opportunity to jump on board visiting emergency response vehicles - from an ambulance, fire engine, police car to a coastguard vehicle.  They can also have their face painted, call in at the outpatients department to have a plaster cast and even watch our surgeons hard at work as they perform ‘operations’ in the theatres!

On the same day, Selby Hospital will also be hosting a free-to-all summer fayre.  Planned between 1.00pm-4.00pm, friends, family and colleagues are invited to help Selby Hospital celebrate 70 years of the NHS. There will be plenty of fun for the family as stalls, bouncy castles, food and much more will be there to enjoy throughout the day.

We will be rounding off the year with 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.  This year there will be a special reading from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

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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.