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World Hepatitis Day- 28th July 2016

In 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th July. 

The Hepatology department will be having a stall in the main reception area of York Hospital on the week commencing the 25th-29th July 2016. The aim of this is to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, give further information regarding disease prevention and the different treatments available for patients.

Hepatology Service Launch Event 2016

York Hospital’s new specialised service focusing exclusively on liver disease received approval from the House of Lords at a recent event on the 21st January 2016 in York to celebrate its launch.

Susan Countess of Swinton, Baroness Masham of Ilton, made the special trip from the Houses of Parliament to join staff and guests from across the city for an afternoon discussing with the experts the new treatments available for patients with liver disease, as well as sharing future developments.

Baroness Masham remarked on the enormous financial cost of liver disease, a condition that is increasing in the UK while it declines in the EU. She congratulated everyone involved in the “vital new service” and expressed concern that liver disease is now the third biggest killer in younger people.

The service took almost four years to set up, thanks to Consultant Hepatologist Dr Charles Millson, who brought this particular area of expertise to York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Patrick Crowley, chief executive of the Trust, said: “Our ambition is to appoint the very best staff and harness their skills in providing services that directly benefit our patients. Thanks to Dr Millson for bringing his experience, motivation and determination to work with our commissioners to launch the service. It is a stunning example of a service that will provide long term benefits to people in the community we serve.”

Patients with diseases of the liver including fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer as well as viral hepatitis infections will be referred to the service.This means patients who would normally be referred to specialist services in Leeds and Newcastle can be treated at York and Scarborough Hospitals.

The Hepatology Department would like to thank all the patients and members of staff who attended the event.  

Alcohol Awareness Week

16-22 November 2015.

The Hepatology Department hosted a stand in the main reception area of York Hospital on Thursday 19 November 11am- 3pm, to raise awareness of alcohol issues and the impact it can have on our health and communities.

The Hepatology Team was joined by Louisa Morley (Substance Misuse Specialist Nurse at York Hospital) and charities North Yorkshire Horizons, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Lifeline Project who all offer local support to people whose lives have been affected due to alcohol and drug misuse.

This was a great opportunity for patients to come along and met the team and to be made aware of the alcohol support services available within the local community.

Further information:

North Yorkshire Horizons

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Atlas Lifeline

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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.