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   September 2017


Children’s Ward celebrate new Sensory Room opening
A new Sensory Room in the Children’s Ward at York Hospital has opened. The interactive Sensory Room, designed by the hospital play team and clinical staff, will be used to calm anxious children, aid communication, therapy sessions and play for children of all ages.

A donation of £15,000 was granted after a successful application was made by York Teaching Hospital Charity to The Nikki Waterhouse Trust earlier this year. The Hospital’s play team and clinical staff led on the design to ensure it can benefit the maximum number of children of all ages with a range of medical conditions.
COPD teams lead by example
The Trust’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) teams have been recognised for their best practice by the Royal College of Physicians National COPD Audit Programme.

Since April 2017 all acute trusts in England have been required to enter national audit data on every patient admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation of COPD.
This data is used to monitor the quality of COPD care delivered at different hospitals across the country, and allows comparison between different hospital trusts. Read More>>>
Mobile chemotherapy unit takes to the road 
The first patients in the region were treated at the brand-new mobile chemotherapy unit (MCU) when it took to the road this month.

Teams from right across the Trust including finance, estates, infection prevention, domestic services, IT, purchasing and procurement, transport, nursing and cancer information and support services collaborated to support the project.

The unit will visit Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals, Malton Rugby Club and Selby Hospital each week on fixed days to treat those patients who are having regular cycles of chemotherapy. Read More>>>
Will writing scheme   
During 2-13 October local solicitors are generously giving their time and expertise for free to support York Teaching Hospital Charity to write wills for people.

There is no charge to have your will written, however the charity ask that you support them by making a donation or legacy in return for the time donated by your solicitor. There will also be appointments available for staff in York and Scarborough Hospital which can be booked through the Fundraising Team.

For more information and to receive a Will Writing Scheme leaflet and form please call 772 4521 or email
Meet our Governors - Hambleton District
We continue to introduce you to the governors from our region.  This month the spotlight is on Catherine Thompson, who is Governor for the Hambleton District. Learn more>>>
Membership Matters survey; tell us what you think   
We are continuously looking to improve what we communicate to you - and how. This short online survey will help us ensure we are communicating about the news that matters to you.

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and is 100% anonymous. Your feedback is important to us and will help us shape future editions of Membership Matters. Complete survey>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

29 November 2017
Postgraduate Centre
Scarborough Hospital

Time 10.45am
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

7 December 2017
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

Meet our recent Star Award finalists

The Star Award is the Trust’s monthly award programme for individuals, teams and volunteers, which recognises the achievements of those who have made a difference by doing something extra in their everyday work for patients, visitors or colleagues.


Below you can read more about each of our recent finalists.

Elizabeth Allen, Community Discharge Liason Nurse

Community Discharge nurse, Liz Allen, was nominated for the role she played in helping an end of life patient make her way home. Realising the importance of the situation to the patient, Liz was able to use her local knowledge and contacts to secure her patients request to go home, despite a number of barriers that threatened to undermine the patient's wishes.

The patient's wishes became Liz's focus. She liaised with the patient and family to ascertain what their needs and expectations were and secured the necessary package of care. This fulfilled the patient’s desire to go home and was all accomplished the same day the patient made their wishes known. Liz did her utmost to ensure the patient experience was a good one and visited the ward to keep the patient and family informed of her progress.


Our other recent finalists were:

Diogo Martins, Theatre Nurse, York Hospital


Tracey Rix, Catering Operative, Selby Hospital


Vicky Mulvana-Tuohy, AHP Senior Manager, York Hospital


Sue Wood, Healthcare Assistant, York Hospital


You can read all about their stories on our dedicated Star Award Winners page.

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