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What is Videofluoroscopy?

It is a moving x-ray of you swallowing showing the mouth, nose and throat, which is recorded. The Consultant may also scan your gullet if appropriate.

Why am I having this assessment?

The assessment is to try and find out why you are having difficulty swallowing food and/or drinks.

Where should I go for the appointment?

Please go to the main X-Ray Department at York Hospital, you can ask for directions from the main reception.

What should I bring with me?

You do not need to bring anything with you. You will be asked to change into a gown to protect your clothing from the barium; there are cubicles for privacy. You will also be asked to remove any necklaces, earrings and jewellery from your face and neck.

What if I have any special dietary requirements?

If you have any special dietary requirements please ring the Speech and Language Therapist as soon as possible, before your appointment, to discuss these further.

Should I starve beforehand?

No, you can eat and drink as usual.

When is the appointment?

The Videofluoroscopy Clinic is held on a Tuesday morning, your exact time will be written on your appointment letter. The appointments usually last about 30 minutes.

What happens during the assessment?

You will sit next to the x-ray machine and be asked to swallow different foods and drinks mixed with barium (a safe fluid that shows up on x-rays).

Who will be there?

Two Speech and Language Therapists will be present as well as a Radiographer and for some clinics a Radiologist too. We have a commitment to student training within the hospital and there may be students present in the clinic. If you would prefer them not to be present please tell the Speech and Language Therapist before you attend.

What happens afterwards?

The Speech and Language Therapist will discuss any initial findings with you and arrange for you to come back for a more in-depth follow-up if necessary. There may be opportunity for you to see the images at the follow-up appointment if you wish. A full assessment report is written and sent to your GP and Consultant (if applicable).

Any other information I should know?

Sometimes the liquid barium used may cause constipation. It is therefore advisable to drink plenty of fluids for the 24 hours after the assessment.

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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.