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The Lord Mayor of York visits the Renal Unit 16 December 2014

Yesterday, The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress visited the Renal Unit at York Hospital to find out more about the work of the team and the self-care equipment that this year’s appeal will towards funding.

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Think before visiting the Emergency Department 15 December 2014

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to only visit the Emergency Departments at York and Scarborough in an emergency situation.

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Cancer care garden hads over to volunteers 1 December 2014

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Student artwork promotes HIV Testing Week 25 November 2014

This week during HIV Testing Week a piece of artwork depicting a microscopic view of HIV molecules is being displayed in the YorSexualHealth Clinic in Monkgate, York.

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Get Tested During HIV Awareness Week 24 November 2014

Monday marked the start of HIV Testing Week, a European-wide awareness week, which aims to encourage people to ‘Talk HIV Test HIV.’ During the awareness week, many extra opportunities to test for HIV are being made available across York and North Yorkshire.

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Occupational therapy highlighted this month 21 November 2014

There are over 29,000 qualified occupational therapists in the UK and more than 90 working for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, all who have been proud to celebrate their profession for November’s Occupational Therapy Week.

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Nurses highlight dangers of pressure ulcers for world awareness day 21 November 2014

World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day on 20 November was highlighted this week at York Hospital with an information campaign by the Trust’s dedicated specialist nurses who help prevent the risk of pressure ulcers.

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Snowdrop Appeal hits the target 19 November 2014

Just 17 months ago York Teaching Hospital Charity launched The Snowdrop Appeal which aimed to raise £120,000 to create a maternity bereavement suite at Scarborough Hospital. The target was reached last weekend after fundraiser Kim Harnett organised a fun day at Cayton which raised over £1200. The event was held in memory of her daughter Grace on what would have been her eighth birthday.

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Lord Mayor takes tea at York Hospital 10 November 2014

The Lord Mayor enjoyed tea and cakes at a recent visit to York Hospital where he attended a coffee morning arranged by the hospital’s fundraising team to support the Lord Mayor's charity. The team raised over £200 towards the fund which will be shared between York Teaching Hospital Charity (YTHC) and York Against Cancer. Funds raised from the Lord Mayor’s charity will go towards purchasing a machine to enable renal patients to manage their own dialysis treatment in a self-care unit and a new minibus for cancer patients who need to travel to Leeds for their treatment.

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Proud to be a living wage employer 7 November 2014

This week (2 – 8 November 2014) is National Living Wage Week a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage and Living Wage Employers.

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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.