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Getting ready for a hearing test  - 'GO' games 

You can help us by playing a few simple games with your child to help them prepare for a hearing test. Here are two games you can play.

You need bricks (or ring on a stick) and a box:

  • Put the box (or stick) in front of your child
  • Instruct your child to 'wait' and 'listen' until you say GO
  • Let them put a brick in the box (or ring on a stick) on your command of GO
  • Repeat until your child waits, listens and performs on your command
  • You can then try this game with your mouth covered by your hand. In this way your child must listen for your voice
  • You can vary the intensity of your voice from loud to quiet.

You need bricks (or ring on a stick), a box and a drum:

  • Put the box (or stick) in front of your child 
  • Instruct your child to 'wait' and 'listen' until you make a sound such as a clap or bang a drum
  • Let them put the brick in the box (or ring on the stick) in response to the sound
  • Repeat until your child waits, listens and performs the action in response to each sound you make
  • You can try this game when they cannot see you make the sound. Sit or stand behind them so they cannot see you make the noise. In this way your child must listen for a sound before performing the action
  • You can vary the intensity of the sound from loud to quiet 

Playing these games teaches your child to wait and listen for a sound and then perform an action. It can really help us get an accurate hearing test. If your child does well with a particular toy at home, why not bring it with you on your next appointment.



You can help us by playing a few simple games with your child to prepare them for their hearing test

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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.


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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 www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

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.