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    May 2017


Trust marks Dementia Awareness Week in a very special way
Ward 37 at York Hospital officially opened its new ‘Café 37’ dementia activity room on Tuesday 16 May - a safe space on the ward, open to patients and their visitors.

The concept of the activity room is to help improve the overall wellbeing of patients with dementia, by encouraging mobility and to give patients the opportunity to engage in conversation, as well as join in with activities.

The café was funded with money raised by York Teaching Hospital Charity’s 'Roaring 20’s Ball', held in July 2016. The ball inspired the charity’s Dementia Appeal, launched earlier this year, which aims to raise £200,000 to provide a better experience for patients living with dementia throughout the Trust.
Amazing year for Research and Development
The Trust's Research and Development team are celebrating a fantastic year after smashing their target to recruit patients to clinical trials.

The region’s annual target for the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network is 65,000 patients which is divided between the 22 partner organisations, of which the Trust is one. Each year they set a target based on the current portfolio, previous history and the numbers of studies closing and possibly opening in the year. Read More>>>
Midwives offer local mums-to-be a calm and natural Hypnobirth 
A new antenatal programme which helps train women to have a calm and natural birth is now being offered across North Yorkshire.

Specially trained midwives from the Trust are teaching mums-to-be Hypnobirthing, a technique where they learn self-hypnosis to induce deep relaxation for a stress free birth. Read More>>>
Labour of love repairs historic gates  
Historic iron gates installed over 150 years ago on the site of York Hospital have been lovingly restored to their former glory in partnership with York Civic Trust.

The hospital was built on the site of a number of sports fields and a children’s play park. One of the fields was for the exclusive use of the boys of Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School and the iron gates were put in place on the boundary to Bridge Lane. Read More>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

31 May 2017
York Hospital Boardroom
10.45am start

Council of Governors

15 June 2017
Malton Rugby Club

York Older People's Survey

City of York Council and its partners are asking for older people across York for their views on how they can keep them healthier, happier and more independent for longer. The survey asks for answers and suggestions on a range of issues including; social life, health, their local community and how they access information.

The survey, which is open for comments until Tuesday 30 June, is available online at
Time to say thank you to Trust's army of volunteers

The Trust will be celebrating the work of its 300 volunteers’ as it takes part in the ‘Big Celebration’, as part of National Volunteers Week.

National Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1-7 June 2017. The week is an annual celebration of the remarkable contribution that volunteers make across the UK each and every day.

The week provides the perfect opportunity to recognise the work of the Trust’s army of volunteers.

Kay Gamble, Deputy Lead for Patient Experience, explains: “Volunteers at the Trust fulfil a variety of roles to assist in enhancing patient experience. Although volunteers do not perform any clinical roles, they are able to get hands on experience of what it is like to work in a hospital environment and to work alongside hospital staff as part of a team.

"We have a range of volunteering roles available across our hospitals and in various departments, from dining companions to dementia volunteers. We have volunteer visitors and welcomers to chaplains and charity workers.

If you would like to know more about volunteering, visit the volunteering pages on the Trust website.
Nurse pin badge competition

The Trust celebrated Nurses’ Day (12 May) and recognised the valuable contribution of its newly trained and qualified nursing staff, by inviting nurses, past and present, to design a pin badge unique to the Trust.

The winning design will be worn, from the autumn of 2017, by all qualified nurses on completion of their preceptorship, as well as trainee nursing associates, advanced clinical practitioners and associate practitioners who have trained and qualified at the Trust.

For an application form, design sheet and full terms and conditions click here.

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