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    July 2017


Major advance in cancer care for Yorkshire as the county gets its first mobile chemotherapy unit
The first mobile chemotherapy unit in Yorkshire has been commissioned by the charity York Against Cancer to serve patients of the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The £700,000 unit will give patients from outlying areas, who would otherwise travel to the trust’s main hospitals in York or Scarborough, the chance to be treated closer to home. It will also ensure capacity at the main hospitals for longer or more complex procedures.

Once it takes to the roads this summer, the unit will call at Malton, Selby, Scarborough and Bridlington. With four treatment chairs, it will be able to accommodate up to 10 patients a day in modern, comfortable surroundings.
Youngsters take over hospital as part of Takeover Challenge!
Young people from Westfield Primary Community School in York took over the running of York Hospital recently, as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge.

The event gave young people the chance to 'takeover' parts of the hospital for the day. In doing so, they got to experience what it's like to be in a real work environment and take on important responsibilities.

The children also had the opportunity to ask questions about how decisions are made and understand the affect these decisions can have on young patients. Read More>>>
East Coast staff celebrate long service 
Members of staff, who, between them, have clocked up over 1,000 years of service, were honoured at a Long Service ceremony.

The annual event took place on 6 July at the Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough, where deputy chief executive, Mike Proctor, paid tribute to the dedicated and caring staff from across the Trust – many of whom have spent much of their working lives in the NHS.

Individuals honoured at the event were those who have reached their 25 and 40 year service milestone. Read More>>>
Patients urged to sign up to text messaging reminders   
A new text messaging service to remind patients of their appointments is being promoted across the Trust. In April, an online form for patients was launched which allows people to request to reschedule or cancel their outpatient appointment.

The form also captures patient consent to receive text message appointment reminders and over 80 per cent of people have opted to receive these so far. Read More>>>
Nikki Waterhouse Trust donation 
York Teaching Hospital Charity has secured a £15,000 donation from the Nikki Waterhouse Trust to pay for the completion of a new sensory room on the Children’s Ward at York Hospital.

The money will pay for the complete refurbishment of the current inadequate sensory space, providing a multi-sensory room for the ward which will bring many benefits to children of all ages in York Hospital. Read More>>>
Meet our Governors - Selby   
Following on from last month's first entry, we continue to introduce you to the governors from each of our regions.  This month it's the turn of Ann Bolland and Roland Chilvers, governors for Selby. Learn more>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

27 September 2017
York Hospital Boardroom
Time 10.45am
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

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

Meet this month’s Star Award finalists

The Star Award is the Trust’s monthly award programme for individuals, teams and volunteers, which recognises the achievement 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.

Beth Freer, Emergency Department Staff Nurse, Scarborough Hospital

Beth had an early awareness of a rapidly deteriorating, critically ill patient within her department. She acted without delay and had the courage to escalate to the emergency medical team, including members of critical care, to ensure that her patient received timely and appropriate care.

Beth had the presence of mind and ability to anticipate that time critical interventions would be needed and made herself available to assist by bringing equipment and medications that would be needed, without having to be instructed or directed. This level of anticipation and awareness of the likely treatment requirements for a patient makes a huge difference when treating critically ill patients and performing time critical interventions. She also simultaneously cared for the patient's relative by explaining what had happened and the likely course of future management.

Making the nomination, Greg Purssord, Specialty Registrar, wrote: “As an experienced member of the critical care team, this patient was one of the sickest I have encountered and Beth’s actions more than likely made the difference to whether this patient survived or not.”


Our other finalists this month were:

Louise Pearson, Administrator ED, Scarborough Hospital


Eye Clinic and Ophthalmology teams, York Hospital


Camilla Picknett, Antenatal and Newborn Screening Co-ordinator, York Hospital


Julie Preston, Theatre Sister, York Hospital


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

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