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Electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA)

An Electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) is a recognised assessment tool that allows an individual with a cancer diagnosis to identify their most significant concerns at key points along their cancer pathway.

The assessment covers a wide range of concerns that an individual may have about any area of their life. These concerns can be Physical, Spiritual, Financial, Emotional and Practical. The needs identified on the eHNA are discussed with their Key Worker to create a Care Plan and discuss possible solutions. The Care Plan will summarise the actions of both the professional and patient.

A copy of the Care Plan will be given to the patient and their GP.

Benefits of completing an eHNA

The eHNA & Care Plan can make a big difference to the overall experience of their care. It can help people realise that their concerns are important and not unusual. It opens the door for discussion and it can help further inform people about further support.

  • It can help you identify concerns that have been on your mind

  • It isn’t just about looking at the symptoms of cancer - it helps your Key Worker understand what is important to you

  • Your Key Worker can refer you on to other services that may be beneficial to you

  • Personalised individual care, tailored to your concerns

All individuals with a cancer diagnosis should receive an eHNA at diagnosis, end of treatment and at other significant phases during their treatment. You can request an eHNA at any time by contacting your Cancer Nurse Specialist team.

If you would like more information click here.


Interested in helping to develop Cancer Services in York & Scarborough? Click here for Focus Groups available in York & Scarborough

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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.