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Appeal for knitters to help with dementia project

We are appealing for keen knitters to get involved in a new scheme to help patients with dementia.

The project aims to create knitted inventions called ‘Twiddlemuffs’ which will be given out to patients with dementia.

The knitted bands feature trimmings such as buttons, beads, ribbons and textured fabrics on both the inside and the outside. They will be given to patients with dementia who find that twiddling with the materials and the soft fabric of the wool help provides distraction and stimulation. 

Twiddlemuffs were first introduced at Warrington and Halton Trust and the idea has since been adopted by other hospital Trusts across the country.

Emma Day, Assistant Director of Nursing at Scarborough Hospital, said: “We heard about this project from our Dementia Support Worker and were keen to give it a go here at Scarborough Hospital.

“Often dementia patients can feel restless and agitated - Twiddlemuffs are designed to not only keep their hands busy but help stimulate their mind.

“The Twiddlemuffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation at the same time as keeping patient’s hands cosy and warm.

“We know that there are lots of keen knitters in the local community. We are appealing to them to put their skills to good use and to print off our easy pattern and to get knitting!

“The Twiddlemuffs will be given out to patients with dementia who will be able to take them home with them. We are hoping that the Twiddlemuffs project will become a permanent part of the wide range of work we are doing to support our patients with dementia.”

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is working to make its hospitals as dementia-friendly as possible and is working towards training 3,000 staff to become Dementia Friends, through attending a Dementia Friends Awareness Course.

To get involved in this project, you can download a copy of the Twiddlemuff pattern here.  

Please send your completed Twiddlemuffs to Emma Day, Assistant Director of Nursing, Woodlands House, Scarborough Hospital YO12 6QL.




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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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