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Infection prevention and control (IPC)

Ensuring strict infection prevention and control practice in hospitals is essential to stop the spread of infection and both patients and staff have important roles to play in protecting themselves and others.

We are working hard to reduce infections and make our hospitals as safe as possible for our patients.  We do this by focusing on prevention, practices, and procedures.  We monitor the clinical practice of our staff regularly to ensure the highest standards.

  • If you are able, keep your bed area tidy to help our staff
  • Avoid touching your dressings, catheters, drips and medical equipment
  • Send dirty clothing home in a sealed plastic bag as soon as possible
  • Encourage visitors NOT to come if they are ill
  • Ask the staff caring for you whether they have cleaned their hands - they really do not mind
  • Use the hand cleaning facilities at every bedside and ward entrance and encourage your visitors to do so as well
  • Please clean your hands before meals and wash them after you’ve used the toilet
  • Please do not sit on another patient’s bed.

Screening for MRSA

We want to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infection to people who come into our hospitals, including MRSA.  Infections can occur at any time but you may be particularly vulnerable to infection if you are having an operation or procedure.

MRSA is carried by about one in three people and lives on the surface of our skin, or in our nose.  Most people carry this without developing an infection.  However it can cause serious problems for some people so we work to reduce the risk of spread of infection by screening all patients before an operation or procedure.  Swabs will be taken to test for MRSA and a course of treatment will be arranged if necessary.

Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) annual report

The Chief Nurse of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is designated as the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC), a role outlined in the Hygiene Code 2006 (revised 2009). The DIPC produces an annual report, our most recent report can be accessed here.


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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.