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Community Nursing

Community nurses, also known as district nurses play a crucial role in the primary health care team working alongside GPs and other health care professionals.  They visit housebound people in their own homes or in residential care homes, assessing the health care needs of patients, providing high quality holistic nursing care to patients who have a nursing need.

Community nurses have an important role in keeping hospital admissions and readmissions to a minimum and ensuring that patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.

As well as providing direct patient care, community nurses also have a teaching role, working with patients, their families and carers to promote self management and independence.

Community Response Team

We provide a community-based rehabilitation service that will respond to unplanned and urgent care needs; to help support and manage care of patients enabling them to remain safely in their own home whilst preventing unnecessary  admission to hospital and facilitating early discharge from inpatient units.

Our team consists of community nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and generic support workers.

There are currently two teams operating, one in Selby and District and another in the City of York - which also provides some services in Easingwold.  The service operates seven days a week, 8am until 10pm.  Referrals can be made to the service via hospital staff, GPs, community nurses and ambulance services.

Tissue viability specialist nursing

The Tissue Viability Service covers all aspects of wound care and pressure ulcer prevention and management.  The service is provided by specialist nurses who have extensive knowledge and expertise in this area. The service also provides leadership and education regarding clinically and cost effective tissue viability care to other health care professionals whilst developing, securing and ensuring the highest standard of patient care.

Access to the service is by referral.

Specialist cardiac rehabilitation nursing

We provide specialist advice, support and cardiac rehabilitation to patients who have suffered a heart attack and/or following heart surgery, with the aim of supporting patients to return to a full and 'normal' life.

Referrals can be made to the service via hospital staff, GPs, community nurses and patients and their families/carers.

Specialist Respiratory practitioners

Our specialist respiratory nurses give specialist advice and treatment options to improve the quality of life for patients and their families/cares living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions to promote self management and assist in preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital. They also offer advice, education and support to other health care professionals.

They are registered general nurses who have gained additional skill and expertise in respiratory conditions. Access to the service is by referral.

Heart Failure Specialists nurses

They provide specialist advice and practical support to individuals with heart failure, their families and carers, GPs and other health care professionals.  Patients can access the service via referral from their GP or hospital consultant.  For more information about this service click here.

Specialist Continence Advisory Service

The Specialist Continence Service comprises of a team of registered nurses who are specialists in the treatment and management of bladder and bowel conditions.  They provide services for adults running accessible clinics in local areas and providing home visits when required.  Our aim is to treat and manage bladder and bowel dysfunction where possible maintaining individuals' comfort and dignity.

They provide training for community-based health and social care staff to broaden and maintain knowledge of continence care for people in their own homes and in residential care. We also act as a resource for specialist information regarding continence for all health and social care staff.

They accept referrals from people experiencing bladder and bowel problems, their families/carers, community nurses, GPs, hopsital doctors and nurses, Social Services, voluntary services and Care Home staff.

Continence Advisory Service This service operates Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm (excluding public holidays).
Clifton Health Centre
Water Lane
YO30 6PS 
01904 724363 


Community nurses have an important role in keeping hospital admissions and readmissions to a minimum and ensuring that patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.




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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.