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Learning Disability Services

Our Learning Disability Liaison Nurse, Jo Blades can offer support to you and your family.

If you need hospital care and have a learning disability, the Learning Disability Liaison Nurse can support you and your family. Hospital care might mean staying overnight in hospital or just going for an appointment. Jo will help you and the hospital staff get to know each other and will make sure the staff know how to make you feel most at ease.

If you have to come to hospital please contact her and she will find out how to make you feel comfortable in hospital. She can make plans and get information for the hospital staff. This will help you to get the care you need in the way that you need it.

If you are staying in hospital for a while Jo will make sure staff are using your plan. She will try and answer any questions you have and if she can't answer them straight away she will find out for you. Jo will also help your family and carers and answer their questions too.

The learning disability nurse also:

  • gives advice and training to hospital staff so that they give better care to you in the future
  • will attend other health group meetings to get your views when they can

Learning Disability Assistant

Scarborough Hospital also has a Learning Disability Assistant, Dennis, who works on the wards on a Tuesday.

Contact us

How to contact the learning disability service:

You can ask your carer or family to do this. Your community nurse or a person that supports you can also do it if you are unable to.

Telephone: 07795 126473

You can also email: Jo.Blades@york.nhs.uk

Service availability

The service is available from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm.

The service is available from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm

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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 https://bit.ly/39ANleP


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.