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Patient leaflets on Preparing for Surgery

 

What you need to know when coming into hospital for surgery
This leaflet gives information about how to get ready for your surgery and what to expect on the day of your operation.

Enhanced recovery pre-operative carbohydrate loading
This leaflet is to give you more information on how to take the carbohydrate drinks before surgery. You will be prescribed these drinks at your pre-operative assessment.

Incentive Spirometer
This leaflet is aimed at patients who have been given an incentive spirometer before their operation.

Injectable Anticoagulants
This leaflet is about an injectable form of anticoagulant that thins your blood. It may be given to patients during and after hospital admission.

Epidurals and Patient Controlled Anaesthesia (PCA) for pain relief after surgery


This leaflet gives basic information to help you prepare for your pain relief after your operation.

Opioid Type Pain Killers
This leaflet is about opioid type pain killers that can be given to patients during and after hospital admission.

Recovering from major abdominal surgery
This is a guide about physiotherapy and exercise which will help you in your recovery after major abdominal surgery. Major abdominal surgery is when you have had either a large cut (incision) in your abdomen or complex keyhole surgery on your bowel or abdominal wall.

Post-operative Confusion
After surgery, some people may experience confusion, also known as ‘delirium’. This leaflet gives you some brief information on what may cause this and how our patients can prepare for it.

Your Child's Anaesthetic

Information leaflet about your child's anaesthetic

Caudal Anaesthesia

This leaflet should help you understand a caudal anaesthetic (also known as a ‘caudal block’).

My Going to Surgery- Puzzle Book

My Going to Surgery- Colouring Book

Preparing for complex abdominal wall hernia surgery

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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 https://bit.ly/39ANleP


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.