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What is the Trust doing?

Infection prevention is a top priority for everyone at the Foundation Trust but we need everyone to recognise their responsibilities as staff, patients and visitors.

Widespread activity is taking place across York Hospital to reduce infections and make the environment in wards and clinics as safe as possible for our patients, focusing on prevention, practices and procedures. This includes:

  • disinfectant hand gel at every bedside

  • screening of high risk patients for MRSA before they come into hospital for a scheduled operation. This will be extended to all patients by 2011

  • an in-house Domestic Service team

  • disinfectant hand gel dispensers at the point of care

  • adopting a policy of 'bare below the elbows' for staff working in clinical areas as this helps effective hand hygiene

  • screening any elective patient within the mandated screening groups for MRSA. More information on screening is available here.

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.

We are working hard to prevent infection in the hospital, but patients and visitors, as well as staff, can help us reduce infection risks.

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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.