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Acute Pain Service

The acute pain service was established in 1990 and was one of the first in the UK.

We provide support and advice in the management of acute pain for inpatients. This includes:

  • Management of patient controlled analgesia, epidural analgesia and local anaesthetic nerve and wound catheters.
  • Management of acute pain due to trauma, pancreatitis and other conditions.
  • Advice regarding prescribing for acute pain.

The team consists of 2 consultant anaesthetists and 6 specialist nurses split between York and Scarborough hospitals.

If you are undergoing elective surgery you will receive information about postoperative pain relief at the pre assessment clinic. You will have a further opportunity to discuss pain relief with the anaesthetist on the day of your operation.

The management of your pain will depend on many factors including type of operation, your medical history and previous experiences.

Our aim is to help you manage and feel in control of your pain so that you can sleep and rest, breathe, cough and move effectively. This will help to reduce complications and shorten your stay in hospital. It may not always be possible to relieve pain fully but the team will help to reduce pain to an acceptable level to facilitate your recovery.

The team also provide formal education for all levels of nursing and medical staff. The service undergoes continual audit to monitor practice and provide evidence based care.

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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.