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Happy First Birthday to our YorSexualHealth Team!

This month YorSexualHealth is celebrating its first birthday since launching its new integrated service on 1 July 2015.

Over the past year thousands of local people have accessed YorSexualHealth's services which provide one stop shop clinics for both sexual health and contraception.

The service has received great feedback from patients, which is shared on their website. One user contacted the team to say: "The team were friendly, extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the centre. Their professionalism and team spirit shone through at every opportunity. Thank you for such a valuable service."

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is commissioned by City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council to deliver integrated sexual health services.

The introduction of YorSexualHealth Centres in York, Northallerton, Selby, Scarborough and Harrogate has helped improve access to services alongside additional community clinics which are located in GP surgeries and higher education facilities.

Liz Hare, Partnership and Communications Lead at YorSexualHealth, said: “We're delighted to be celebrating our first anniversary. Our aim has been to develop a service which meets the needs of local people and we will continue to develop the service over the coming year. 

"We have just launched our virtual STI testing services which means that rather than visit one of our clinics, you can now request a free and confidential postal testing kit for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis making it even easier for people of all ages living in York and North Yorkshire to get tested!"

For more information about virtual testing or to order a kit click here.    

For more information about accessing sexual health and contraception services visit or call the central booking line on 01904 721111.

01 July 2016

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The YorSexualHealth team at Monkgate celebrate their first birthday!




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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

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.