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Last chance to name your health hero 17 July 2015

Nominations for the Celebration of Achievement Awards 2015 are open for just another week and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is appealing to the public to nominate a staff member or team who they feel deserves special recognition at the trust’s annual staff award ceremony.

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Hospital summer placement scheme for York students 13 July 2015

York Hospital has launched an innovative scheme to give young people the opportunity for real paid work experience in a hospital environment. It is aimed at helping younger people get into employment and make informed decisions about their future careers. Sixteen year 11 students will earn the minimum wage in a variety of roles around the hospital this summer to get a taste of life in the NHS.

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New sexual health service is launched 30 June 2015

From 1 July, York and North Yorkshire residents will be able to attend one stop shop clinics for all their sexual health and contraception needs as a new and improved service is launched.

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Alzheimer’s Society CEO visits Scarborough Hospital to find out more about Dementia work 30 June 2015

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society have been working in partnership to provide in-house dementia support at Scarborough Hospital.

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Bridlington Hospital celebrates successful first year of Orthopaedic surgery 23 June 2015

Bridlington Hospital has celebrated its first anniversary since elective orthopaedic surgery relocated from Scarborough Hospital last April. The first orthopaedic procedure was performed at Bridlington Hospital on 28 April 2014. Since then until the end of April 2015, a total of 1,915 operations took place – that’s 817 joint (hip and knee) replacements.

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Blue Badge Parking at Scarborough Hospital 23 June 2015

Work is currently taking place at Scarborough Hospital to increase the blue badge capacity at the front of the hospital. This work will take the number of blue badge spaces from six to 27 in phase one, while phase two will produce a further 14 spaces.

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York Hospital staff get set for Workout at Work Day 22 June 2015

Staff at York Hospital have been learning how simple small changes can lead to a fitter and healthier lifestyle by taking part in the UK’s fifth Workout at Work Day on 19 June. Thousands of workers nationwide took part in the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s initiative, which aims to encourage employees to avoid poor work habits and take more exercise. The day also highlights to employers the benefits of having a fitter and healthier workforce.

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Keepsake books for premature babies receive charity boost 12 June 2015

A scheme to provide keepsake ‘journey books’ for babies born at Scarborough Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) received a boost thanks to a charity donation.

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Local student designs childrens equipment 10 June 2015

Children receiving physiotherapy at York Hospital can now benefit from new specialised equipment thanks to the talents of a local student. Seventeen year old Hannah Whitehouse, a sixth form student at St Peter’s school in York, has designed an adjustable set of steps especially made for children to help with physiotherapy rehabilitation.

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Bridlington epilepsy service 9 June 2015

A service in Bridlington for people with epilepsy has been so successful that sessions have increased from one clinic a month to two a week in just two years.

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We are asking visitors to help us protect patients from highly contagious winter infections by not visiting friends and relatives in hospital when you have been unwell or in close contact with someone with flu or norovirus.

We are experiencing a high level of norovirus and flu in our hospitals, which has resulted in the closure of wards and bays in order to stop the spread.  Closing wards can help to contain the viruses but visitors can play a huge part and we would ask you to think carefully before paying any non-essential visits at this time.

While viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds and influenza, commonly known as flu.  These infections are highly contagious, so when they are brought into a hospital environment they can easily spread to staff and vulnerable hospital patients.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK.  It's also called the ‘winter vomiting bug’ because it's more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.  Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.  It is a major killer of vulnerable people.  People aged 65 and over and people with long-term health conditions, including diabetes and kidney disease, are particularly at risk.  If you have flu, please stay away until you are better.  The virus is highly infectious and outbreaks can happen quickly.

Please stay away if you have signs or symptoms of either virus, and do not visit until you have been clear of symptoms for at least 48 hours.  If symptoms persist (more than 48 hours), the advice is to phone your GP or NHS 111.