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Advice for appointments

 

I am already a patient under the care of rheumatology, what will happen to my appointment?

All routine face-to-face appointments are cancelled for the foreseeable future. You will be contacted by phone or letter and appointments will be rebooked once the trust has taken the decision to see routine patients.

If you are struggling with your condition, please contact the helpline. Please leave ONE message only.

York & Selby Hospital patients. 01904 721854 or via email on rheumemailadvice@york.nhs.uk

Scarborough, Bridlington, and Malton Hospitals: 01723 385058

 

I have a new appointment for rheumatology, what will happen to my appointment?

All new patient clinics are cancelled for the foreseeable future. Routine referrals will be rebooked once the trust has taken the decision to see routine patients again.

Urgent referrals will be assessed by a clinician. You will be contacted by telephone. In a small number of very urgent cases, a face-to-face appointment may be needed.

 

I have been referred to rheumatology but have not yet received an appointment, what will happen?

If your appointment is urgent, your referral will be reviewed by a clinician to assess how soon you need to be seen.

You may be contacted by phone to discuss your referral. Some very urgent patients will be offered an appointment.

We are currently not accepting routine referrals from GP practices and therefore if you have not been given an appointment you will need to contact your GP once the pandemic is over to discuss referral.

 

I have an appointment for blood monitoring - should I still attend?

We advise patients to continue their medication and continue to attend blood monitoring. We cannot continue your medication safely without monitoring. We would advise that blood monitoring should ideally be taken at the GP or one of the non-acute hospitals (Selby, Malton & Bridlington). Asda in York is now closed for blood tests. Please check the hospital website to check sites open for blood monitoring.

You must not attend or if you are feeling unwell or someone in your household has been unwell

 

I have an appointment for an infusion at the day unit - should I still attend?

 From 6/4/20 the medical elective suite based at York hospital will be running from the Nuffield Hospital in York.

The Bronte and Lawrence units will continue running at Scarborough and Bridlington.

There will be some disruption to the day unit. We are offering infusions and injections for urgent cases. Some routine biologic and osteoporosis treatments may be postponed.

The day unit will contact you if your appointment is to be cancelled or has been moved to the Nuffield.

We will use infection control measures in the day unit to minimise the risk of infection.

You must not attend or if you are feeling unwell or someone in your household has been unwell within the past 14 days.

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From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here.

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