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Rheumatology Specialist Nurse Team

The aim of the Rheumatology Specialist Nurse role is to enable patients to maintain their physical, psychological and social wellbeing. This is achieved in a variety of ways including:

  • supporting patients at the time of diagnosis and providing ongoing support

  • providing patient education

  • providing counselling and monitoring for medications

  • co-ordinating care and referring to other health professionals as required

The Rheumatology Specialist Nurses in York offer an expert service and work closely with the Rheumatology Consultants and other Rheumatology Health Professionals to manage a caseload of patients and will:

  • review patients in clinic to assess the effectiveness of the current management plan, change treatment where indicated and provide ongoing education and support

  • provide advice by telephone or email to provides patients and health professionals with access to an expert clinician who is able to advise on all aspects of rheumatology care

  • assess, monitor and support patients receiving disease modifying and biologic therapies

  • refer to and liaise with other health professionals as required

  • provide a link between hospital and community services and liaise with voluntary organisations

The Rheumatology Specialist Nurses in York aim to deliver a continually evolving service for inpatients and outpatients with inflammatory arthritis and connective tissue disease by:

  • leading in the development, implementation and audit of nursing guidelines, standards, policies, protocols and care pathways within rheumatology

  • collaborating in the development of other documents within the Trust

  • working locally, regionally and nationally to develop the role as indicated by current and emerging evidence base, providing advanced nursing expertise and leadership at strategic level

  • delivering appropriate training and teaching for healthcare professionals within the hospital or community setting


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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.