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Medicine for the Elderly

The Department of Elderly Medicine provides both acute medical and rehabilitation care to people over 75 years of age. Some of our specialist areas listed below provide services to adult patients of all ages.

At York Hospital

  • Three Acute Elderly Wards (Wards 23, 24 and 25).

  • A Joint Elderly and Psychiatric Assessment Unit (Ward 37).

  • An Acute Stroke Unit (Ward 36), caring for adult patients of all ages who have suffered from a Stroke.

  • A Stroke Rehabilitation Ward (Ward 39), caring for adult patients of all ages who require rehabilitation following a Stroke.

  • A Hip Fracture Unit (Ward 29), caring for adult patients of all ages who have fractured their hip.

We also have two Community Rehabilitation Hospitals for the Elderly based at Whitecross Court (off Haxby Road) and St Helen's (off Tadcaster Road).

Outpatient clinics are held at York Hospital, Selby War Memorial Hospital, Tadcaster, Pocklington and the Community Hospitals.

Our Wards at York Hospital are

  • Elderly Acute Wards - 23, 24 and 25

  • Joint Elderly & Psychiatric Assessment Unit - 37

  • Acute Stroke Unit - 36

  • Stroke Rehabilitation Ward - 39

  • Hip Fracture Unit - 29

Our Community Rehabilitation Hospitals are

  • White Cross Court, Wilson Drive, Huntington Road, York, Tel: 01904 641464.

  • St Helen's, Nelson Lane, Tadcaster Road, York, Tel: 01904 700651.

 At Scarborough Hospital

The Haworth Unit is a rehabilitation Unit for elderly people who have a wide range of medical problems. The unit also treats patients who requires blood transfusion and infusion of medication as well as other procedures, on request.

The Haworth Unit is strictly for medical treatments. Patients are referred via GP's, wards at Scarborough Hospital at a Consultant's request and Outpatient Clinics.

The Unit is open Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 16.45pm. To contact the unit directly call 01723 342278.

Please note we have extended our visiting times on the Elderly Wards at York Hospital. Click here for details if you are visiting a patient on these wards.


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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.