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Planned surgery

Arranging your surgery

Once you and your surgeon have agreed that an operation is necessary, you will be placed on his waiting list for surgery. The waiting list department manage the co-ordination of your surgery and patients are booked based on clinical need and in chronological order. 

The waiting list department will contact you directly to agree a date for your surgery and will confirm this date in writing.


Before you come into hospital for planned surgery, we will assess your general health to make sure you are able to have an anaesthetic and an operation safely. For Bridlington, any patents who meet certain criteria will be treated. Patients with higher risk factors will have their care transferred to York and have their surgery there.

You will need to bring with you:

  • Your completed Home Environment Questionnaire
  • An up to date repeat prescription of your medicines or your medicines in their original packaging
  • A list of all the illnesses and operations you have had
  • A fresh sample of urine

At pre-assessment you may have a number of investigations including:

  • Blood tests to check whether you are anaemic and to match your blood in case you need a blood transfusion
  • An Electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart beat
  • An x-ray of your hip joint, unless an x-ray has been done recently
  • A urine test to exclude infection
  • Your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration oxygen levels, height, weight, and body mass index

MRSA screening test

At your pre-assessment appointment, we will give you the enhanced recovery carbohydrate drinks to take home with you. You will need to take these before you come in for your surgery.

Joint school

This is where you will meet a physiotherapist and occupational therapist who will explain about your stay in hospital and assess your mobility and management at home.

You will meet a member of the physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams. They will:

  • Assess and advise on your individual mobility and rehabilitation needs
  • Supply you with appropriate walking aids and teach correct usage
  • Teach an initial exercise programme in preparation for your surgery
  • Supply you with temporary equipment or aids at home if you need them

Click here to find out more information about coming into hospital, going home, after surgery care and rehabilitation.





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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.