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York Hospital SCBU

The Special Care Baby Unit at York Hospital is a level two unit offering two intensive care cots and thirteen special care cots (two with high dependency status). The unit admits approximately 375 babies per year.

Care is provided by a consultant directed team of expert medical and nursing specialists trained in this field of medicine. Other supporting members of the team include physiotherapists, technicians from the x-ray, hearing an eye departments, pharmacists, a patient affairs officer, medical social workers, the hospital chaplain and the Special Care support group members.

Surgery is not performed in this hospital on babies. If this is required it will be undertaken at one of the local regional units by a paediatric surgeon.

We have two dedicated neonatal outreach nurses to visit babies and families at home after discharge providing medical advice as well as emotional support.

We have parental accommodation on site and a very active and well resourced parents support group and fundraising team.

The unit scores persistently well on parental feedback surveys in all areas and is noted to be particularly friendly and relaxed.

How to find us

The entrance to the Special Care Baby Unit is via the maternity unit entrance which is situated behind the main hospital. It is reached by turning off Wigginton Road a little further along from the main entrance as you come from the city centre. There is no access from the main hospital unless you are visiting via the maternity wards.

Our philosophy

Our philosophy is to maintain a safe environment, and one which encourages the highest standard of skilled, compassionate care for your baby. An environment which encourages the relationship between parents and their baby and promotion of the family unit.


Parents are always welcome on the unit, day or night, their contact is vital to the well-being of the baby. Open visiting is also available for siblings. Each day between 1pm and 2pm has been designated a 'quiet period' when the lights are dimmed and noise and activity in the area near the babies are kept to a minimum, with the exception where very ill babies need continuous care and attention. 

On the unit there are a selection of toys and booklets to entertain your older children when they visit. We do request, please, that your children are supervised/controlled at all times whilst visiting the unit.

For your comfort it is advisable for you and your family to wear loose and comfortable clothing as the unit is a very warm environment.

Meet the team

 Name Role  Contact 
Vikki Smith Ward Sister  (01904)726005
Bernie Wood Specialist community nurse for SCBU for the York area (01904)726005
Catherine Burbidge  Specialist community nurse for SCBU for the Selby area (01904) 726005

The entrance to the Special Care Baby Unit is via the maternity unit entrance which is situated behind the main hospital.


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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.