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The loss of your child

Bereavement Services can offer practical advice and support regarding what happens next. This will be an opportunity for you to discuss the next stages with you and look at all your options.

We can arrange a blessing if you wish, offer advice on registration and help with arranging to see your baby and help you create a memory box for your baby or child.

We also can assist with the funeral arrangements offering support and guidance to help make your choices. We can help with questions you may have and decision making, taking the pressure from you and giving you support at this very difficult time.

The Loss of Your Baby booklet

The Loss of Your Child booklet

Baby Loss under 24 weeks

Bereavement Services can offer support and advice should you need it.  We can organise a blessing assist in making memories and we can also offer guidance when it comes to making funeral arrangements following your wishes.      

Baby Loss over 24 weeks

Bereavement Services can offer support and advice should you need it. We can organise a blessing assist in making memories and we can also help make funeral arrangements following your wishes.  The registration of baby must be completed before a baby can be buried or cremated if he/she was born alive and then died or was a stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy.

Unexpected death of a child

Following the death of a child who has died unexpectedly at A&E or the children’s ward, it will be necessary for the Consultant Paediatrician and the police to visit the child’s home. This is an essential part of the process and we recognise this is distressing.

All sudden, unexpected deaths have to be reported to the Coroner by law.  To establish the cause of death the Coroner will order a post mortem.


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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.