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Trust wins award for bowel disease test

A special test, the faecal calprotectin diagnostic test, has been introduced to help doctors to identify which bowel conditions can be treated by GPs and which will need specialist hospital treatment. The test can distinguish between inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis which can involve an operation, and non-inflammatory bowel diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

James Turvill, Consultant Gastroenterologist, explained:  “Faecal calprotectin is a marker of bowel inflammation and is normal in IBS but raised in IBD.  Using this new care pathway will mean most people with IBS will be diagnosed without the need for invasive tests.

“The diagnosis can be difficult for GPs as similar symptoms are present in both IBS and IBD.  This can result in many people with IBS having unnecessary hospital investigations before their condition is diagnosed. People can be tested when they see their GP which reduces the amount of patients who need to come to hospital for these investigations.”

Before the new testing method was introduced half of patients referred to hospital had a colonoscopy, but less than five percent were found to have IBD.  This puts a lot of pressure on endoscopy services as well as being a very expensive way to diagnose the condition.

Working with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, James Turvill and his team have created a resource pack for GPs which is being used throughout the region and is expected to roll out nationally.  Feedback from GPs has been extremely positive.

Richard Stubbs, Interim Managing Director at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, commented:  “We are delighted to have won this Medipex NHS Innovation Award.

“As an Academic Health Science Network, we are committed to making it easier and quicker to implement innovations that are better for patients and deliver efficient and cost-effective treatments and services.

“It is a fantastic example of how we are working with our members to deliver service improvements for patients across the region.”

“It is a fantastic example of how we are working with our members to deliver service improvements for patients across the region.”

Richard Stubbs, Interim Managing Director at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN





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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.