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Our services

Care of Older People

The Service

  • Three acute wards for older people (Wards 23, 26 and 35)
  • A joint older people and psychiatric assessment unit (Ward 37)
  • An acute stroke unit (Ward 36), caring for adult patients of all ages who have suffered from a stroke
  • A stroke rehabilitation ward (Ward 39), caring for adult patients of all ages who require rehabilitation following a stroke
  • An older people’s hip fracture ward (Ward 25), caring for older people patients who have fractured their hip
  • An acute medical unit for older people (AMB) for acute admissions to clinically stabilise patients before being transferred to our downstream wards.

We also have two community rehabilitation hospitals for older people based at Whitecross Court (off Haxby Road) and St Helen's (off Tadcaster Road).

Outpatient clinics are held at York Hospital, The New Selby War Memorial Hospital, Pocklington and the Community Hospitals.

Who's Who

  • Clinical Director - Dr Mike Harkness
  • Directorate Manager - Jamie Todd
  • Matrons - Alice Hunter and Michael Mawhinney

Meet The Team

Consultant Special Interest Telephone number

Dr M Harkness

Falls and orthopaedic liaison

01904 726989

Dr G McGonigal

Mental health for older people

01904 726989

Dr R Davison

Acute medicine

01904 726989

Dr D Heseltine

Parkinson's Disease, Rehab Hospital, White Cross Court

01904 725607

Dr A J Corlett

Endoscopy and Education

01904 725607

Dr D M Ronan

Community Care

01904 725607

Dr S Kesavan

Mental health for older people

01904 726185

Dr S Irwin

Acute Medicine

01904 726185

Dr R Hampson

Falls, Rehab Hospital St Helen’s

01904 726185

Dr J Ali

Acute Medicine, Rehab Hospital St Helen’s

01904 726185

Dr R Griffin

Frailty (Rapid assessment)

01904 726185

Dr P Wanklyn


01904 725932

Dr P Willcoxson


01904 725932

Dr R Mir


01904 725932

Dr D Wong

Mental Health Assessment & Liaison Team (MHALT)

The Department of Elderly Medicine provides both acute medical and rehabilitation care to people over 75 years of age





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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.