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Celebrating National Volunteers Week 29 May 2015

National Volunteers Week takes place next week from 1 – 7 June 2015. The week is an annual celebration of the remarkable contribution that volunteers make across the UK day in, day out. York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is getting involved in the week in many ways, not only to make people aware of the volunteering opportunities available within the Trust, but to thank volunteers for their hard work and generosity.

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Trust holds inaugural Patient Safety Conference 26 May 2015

Over 280 staff, from all roles and responsibilities across York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust attended the Trust’s inaugural Patient Safety Conference.

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Trust does something new for Dementia Awareness Week 19 May 2015

York Teaching Hospital is working hard to be a Dementia Friendly organisation and is getting onboard the Alzheimer’s Society’s Awareness Week and 2015 campaign to #dosomethingnew by launching a number of new initiatives to support patients with dementia.

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Scarborough first for global research study 19 May 2015

Research staff at Scarborough Hospital have good reason to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day (20 May) after becoming the first team in the world to recruit a patient for a global research study to improve treatments for breast cancer.

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Three wards closed at Scarborough Hospital 14 May 2015

An urgent plea has been issued from health professionals at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust asking people to think carefully before paying any non-essential visits to Scarborough Hospital.

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Appeal for knitters to help with dementia project 12 May 2015

Scarborough Hospital is appealing for keen knitters to get involved in a new scheme to help patients with dementia.

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Hospital shines bright to raise awareness of skin cancer 8 May 2015

Specialist skin cancer nurses at York Hospital are warning people not to let sunburn catch them out this summer by providing advice and information to help prevent and detect skin cancer.

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New DVD supports life after cancer 30 April 2015

A groundbreaking DVD to support those living with a cancer diagnosis has been produced by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to help patients get the support they need.

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Tour de Yorkshire: Plan ahead for hospital visits 24 April 2015

The first ever Tour De Yorkshire is taking place from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May 2015 – Bank Holiday Weekend.

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First Self Care Dialysis Unit opens at Harrogate Hospital 10 April 2015

A new Self Care Dialysis Unit officially opened at Harrogate District Hospital today which will allow kidney patients to manage their own dialysis treatment. This is the first Self Care Dialysis Unit in the country.

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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.