General Information / Our Commitment to You
The laboratories on the York and Scarborough hospital sites have been granted accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). UKAS provides accreditation to the internationally recognised standard:
ISO 15189 Medical Laboratories - Requirements for Quality and Competence
Accreditation is granted as a result of a successful external inspection and demonstration of full compliance with the standard by a process of formal audit that assesses the ability of the laboratories to provide services to the highest quality. Laboratories holding UKAS accreditation offer their users reassurance that they comply with these clearly defined standards.
Please click below to view our schedules of accreditation:
Clinical Biochemistry: UKAS 9744
Haematology: UKAS 9729
Cytology, Histology and Mortuary: UKAS 9736
Microbiology: UKAS 9724
York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is also licenced by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) the regulator for human tissue and organs (Post Mortem Sector): HTA 12093
The Quality Policy of Laboratory Medicine encompasses the values, drivers and motivations of the Trust mission statement as well as the Directorates own quality objectives: Click Here
This Quality Manual describes the Quality Management System (QMS) in use throughout this laboratory for the benefit of the directorate’s own management and staff, service users and accreditation and regulatory bodies. The QMS is the process developed to support the generation of an efficient and effective, high quality and appropriate laboratory advice, testing and recommendation service. It encompasses all elements of quality delivery, including management systems, quality assurance and quality control: Click Here
Web page 3 last updated: 20th February 2020
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.
If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time https://bit.ly/39ANleP
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.
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.
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.