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Sepsis campaign hits hospital wards

To celebrate World Sepsis Day on Thursday 13 September the patient safety team were out in force raising awareness throughout the Trust.  As well as hosting information stands giving leaflets to staff and members of the public about how sepsis can be spotted, the team held events across the Trust to raise awareness. The teams took ‘trolley dashes’ around the wards with videos and a quiz and held mini-teaching sessions.

They have also produced new pocket cards with a reminder of the Sepsis 6 warning signs, which were given out to frontline staff.  Dr Gemma Williams is the Clinical Leadership Fellow in Sepsis for the Trust.  Gemma has been working with the patient safety team since August and her role for this year focuses predominantly on sepsis.

Gemma explained: “Sepsis is a condition where the body is fighting an infection such as a chest infection or a urinary tract infection, but then the body starts attacking itself as a result of an overreaction to this infection.  When this attack starts shutting organs down this is known as severe sepsis which can progress to septic shock.

“We know that roughly 150,000 patients per year are admitted to hospital in the UK with sepsis and roughly 44,000 people sadly die because of problems related to sepsis. The treatment of sepsis is mainly with antibiotics and fluids and the earlier these can be given to patients the better their chances of recovery.

“Ideally, this treatment should be given within 60 minutes of patients arriving in the hospital if they have sepsis or if patients are already inpatients, within 60 minutes of it being identified.”

Early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing



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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.