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    July 2018


LIVEX18 - Trust runs successful mass casualty incident test
This month the Trust, supported by the Army Medical Services Training Centre (AMSTC), successfully delivered a live training exercise to test the Trust’s Major Incident Response Plans.

LIVEX18, was an immersive simulation exercise based in AMSTC’s hospital trainer, which is used to train the military’s medical response to major incident and conflict situations - ranging from the response to the Ebola epidemic to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over 400 participants, including doctors, nurses, managers, allied health professionals, porters and security staff took part in the exercise - giving both Scarborough and York’s hospital teams the opportunity to test their response in the first and largest exercise of its kind. Learn more>>>
LIVEX18 - Governors report
Following LIVEX18, governors Jeannette Annes, Sheila Miller and Roland Chivers put together a report on their experience at the exercise.  Click here to read the report
Happy 70th birthday NHS
On Thursday 5 July the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday with the Trust joining the celebrations by hosting a number of events and activities acround our sites throughout the week and on the day.

York Hospital lit up blue for the whole week and staff celebrated with around 20 7Tea parties across the Trust in support of York Teaching Hospital Charity. BBC Look North filmed at St Monica’s, the region’s smallest hospital, and BBC Radio York broadcasted their breakfast show from York Hospital on the day, featuring interviews with staff and patients. York Hospital Radio interviewed staff about their roles and covered York Teaching Hospital Charity’s Sparkling SevenTea party at the Hospitium in York.

On Saturday 7 July Bridlington Hospital celebrated its 30th birthday, as well as NHS70, giving visitors the chance to look behind the scenes. On the same day, Selby Hospital held an Open Day for the local community which raised over £2,000.
  Find out more about how the Trust celebrated NHS70>>> 
Hospital charity helps drive improvements for dementia patients at York A&E
On Monday 2 July, work started to improve the reception area at York Hospital Emergency Department to make it a more dementia friendly environment thanks to an injection of cash from York Teaching Hospital Charity’s Dementia Appeal.

The project will see the installation of a new reception desk, which will make it easier for patients to register for their arrival. There will be improved signage installed to help patients living with dementia and other mental health conditions to negotiate the busy Emergency Department and a new private room where patients can have a private and calming discussion when they arrive.

Seating will be replaced in the waiting areas to make it more comfortable for patients and visitors.  Learn more>>>
Local mental health project wins share of national funding
A new cubicle specifically for people with mental health problems will be provided at York Hospital Emergency Department (ED) thanks to government funding. The £4,900 award comes from the Department of Health and Social Care’s Beyond Places of Safety Fund.

The application for funding was made in partnership with the mental health liaison team from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS Trust. The team is based in York ED and sees patients who are considered to require a mental health assessment.

Mike Lee, ED Operational Manager, said: “The Emergency Department is a busy and highly pressurised environment, which isn’t suitable for patients who are vulnerable or who have mental health problems. 

"This funding will mean that we can create a more suitable, safe environment which will improve patient experience and ensure they get the best support we can offer.”
Learn more>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 26 September 
The Boardroom
York Hospital
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

Friday, 21 September
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

Other News
Celebration of Achievement 2018 - Nominate now

The nomination period for the annual Celebration of Achievement awards is coming to a close and the Trust continues to look for your nomination for this year's Patients' Choice award.

The Patients' Choice award is given to an individual or team who has made significant improvements to the patient experience by asking for and acting upon feedback, in order to improve the areas that patients say matter most to them.

If you have had a positive experience with a member of our staff, give them some deserved recognitions and nominate now at the Patients' Choice award section of the Trust website.  Nominations close on Tuesday 31 July.

Trial set to reduce HIV cases

Congratulations to the sexual health and pharmacy teams on successfully recruiting 24 patients at York and nine patients at Scarborough hospital to a study that assesses the impact of a treatment for patients with a high risk of contracting HIV.

The PrEP Impact trial is a ground-breaking preventative medication which, when taken routinely alongside contraception, has been proven to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by over 90 percent.

Lydia Harris, Head of Research and Development, said: “PrEP treatment, whilst expensive, could bring significant cost savings to the NHS by greatly reducing the burden on Sexual Health and genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic resources by reducing the HIV positive population. The study aims to document this impact and help implement this hugely beneficial treatment for all patients. It aims to recruit 10,000 patients nationally.

“The trial has involved a lot of organisation by the teams due amount of medication and geographical locations of the sexual health clinics. However, Dr Ian Fairley, Angela Aylett and Poppy Cottrell-Howe have handled this seamlessly – resulting in us fully recruiting to the trial well before the closing date”.

Support our charity

Did you know you can keep up to date with the news and events directly from York Teaching Hospital Charity? Click here to sign-up.

There is a varied programme of challenges to get involved in and several other ways you can support them to make a difference to our hospitals.


If you are interested in supporting the charity, please email the Fundraising Team for more information at 

or call 01904 724521.

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