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Meet the team

Clinical lead

Mr Richard Hanson is our clinical lead and a consultant ophthalmologist. He treats patients with diabetic eye disease at York Hospital. He is responsible for ensuring that you receive the right care at the right time, and in the right place.

Lead for Diabetes

Dr Jonathan Thow is a Diabetologist and Endocrinologist who specialises in the treatment of diabetes and an advisor for the programme.

Programme manager

John Featonby is responsible for managing, planning and maintaining the service, and making sure we can meet future demands.

Deputy Programme manager

Lisa Hamilton supports the programme manager and is in charge of the day to day running of the programme. 

Administration manager

Jo Booth oversees the administrative team and provides the failsafe for our programme.  She ensures the patient database is maintained and all the eligible people with diabetes are invited for screening.

Grading lead and training manager

Shelley Widdowson is responsible for training and quality assurance of the graders. She is a senior grader for the programme.

Screening lead

Johanne Moyle provides support and training for the screeners in the community.  She is a senior grader for the programme.

Locality managers

Craig Dennis (Scarborough), Martin Whipp (Harrogate), and Martin Fletcher (York) supervise and co-ordinate the locality-based screening team.

Screening and grading team

The team works out of 3 sites in North Yorkshire. We have an office in York, Scarborough and Harrogate.  The screeners are qualified to capture the images for grading and to assess the retinal images for signs of diabetic retinopathy.

In the team we have qualified slit lamp examiners and senior graders who are also optometrist for York Trust.

Administration team

The administration team is the first point of contact for people who ring the programme.  They deal with all aspects of the programme management system including the appointment booking and results letters.


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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.