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    February 2018


Going for gold
The Intensive Care Unit, G3, Ward 26, Ward 11 and Ward 39 (pictured) at York Hospital and Lloyd Ward at Bridlington are celebrating after achieving ‘Gold’ standard against the Trust’s Ward Accreditation Tool - awarded for scores of 95 percent and above.

The Tool, launched in November 2016 following a successful pilot, has 10 sections which have been developed to include specific aspects of ward care - such as nutrition and hydration, falls, dementia and patient experience.

The results help the Trust understand where practice is of a very high standard, as well as helping teams understand where wards may need some support to achieve the standards set. Read More>>>
The NHS at 70 - we need your stories
The NHS turning 70 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to look at the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information, and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff - the everyday heroes - who are always there to greet, advise, and care for us.

To commemorate this significant anniversary, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is seeking stories and memories from patients, workers, volunteers and the public.

Can you remember the beginnings of the NHS? Have you been a porter, a radiographer, a surgeon, a cleaner or held any other post in the NHS? Do you have a long term medical condition treated by the NHS? Or perhaps you were the first baby born in one of our hospitals under the NHS? Whatever your story, the Trust is keen to collect it.
New outdoor area for Scarborough discharge lounge
A new outside area has been created outside the discharge lounge at Scarborough Hospital so that patients can enjoy the fresh air while waiting to be discharged.

Staff on the unit put in a request to York Teaching Hospital Charity to convert a tiny space between the windows and wall after patients had commented how nice it would be to sit outside to wait for their transport when the weather was nice.

The area is directly outside the lounge itself, and the floor to ceiling windows mean that staff can keep a close eye on patients. Read More>>>
Cervical cancer campaign highlights work of cytology labs
A cervical cancer prevention awareness campaign in January highlighted the vital work of the Trust’s cytology laboratory in helping prevent cervical cancer in our region.

Cytology comes under the laboratory medicine directorate and the screening service covers one of the biggest geographical regions in England, receiving samples from all of North Yorkshire, Hull and East Riding and also Northern and North East Lincolnshire. The team processes around 95,000 tests a year, playing a valuable role in the prevention of cervical cancer in the region.

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35 with nine women diagnosed with the cancer every day.

Three quarters of cervical cancers can be prevented by cervical screening, and January’s campaign emphasised the fact that that screening in England is at a 20 year low. Read More>>>
Celebration of new dialysis unit
Ahead of World Kidney Day (8 March) the renal team have been celebrating the ‘official’ opening of York Hospital’s new shared care unit for dialysis patients.

The unit offers shared haemodialysis care where patients can retain a high level of independence but still have the reassurance of a trained staff member around.

The occasion was marked by David Worth who was one of the first consultants to work in the renal unit and played a significant role in creating dialysis services in York. Read More>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 28 March 
The Boardroom
York Hospital
Time 10.45am
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

Thursday 8 March
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

News in Brief
Faces of the NHS

Follow the Trust throughout the year as we share an inspiring collection of photographs and stories from our staff, and what working for the NHS means to them. You can follow the project on Twitter, Facebook or the Trust’s website by searching for #facesoftheNHS.

Support our charity by walking in our shoes


How far do you think you walk in a day at work?  York Teaching Hospital Charity is launching a brand new campaign called 'Walk in our Shoes' to help raise money to support the vital extras that our staff need to provide the best care possible for patients. 


Anyone can take part in 'Walk in Our Shoes'. You set your own goal, decide whether you will track your steps over the course of a week, a month, or even longer and finally share your story with your social circle so they can support you.


Register today for your free fundraising pack, pedometers are available for £10. It’s a great way to challenge yourself, keep fit and support your hospital.

To register please visit

Remembering Alan Maynard

Former chairman of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Alan Maynard, sadly passed away at the start of February, aged 73. 

Alan worked with the Trust in a non-executive role for over 20 years, including 12 as chairman, before retiring from the Trust in 2010.

Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive, said: “Everyone is very sorry to hear the sad news about Alan, who we all remember with great fondness. I was privileged to work with him throughout his time with the Trust and regarded him as both a colleague and a friend. He had a profound influence on those he worked with andwas an inspiration to many.

“Alan made a tremendous contribution to improving all our understanding of the role of healthcare at a national and local level, and was a lifelong champion of the NHS. We are grateful and proud of his long and valuable contribution to the Trust. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Babies remembrance service

Parents and relatives who have lost a baby are invited to join a special service of love, thanksgiving and remembrance this Mother’s Day (Sunday 11 March).

The service has been organised by York’s stillbirth and neonatal death charity, SANDS, and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It will be held at York Hospital’s Chapel and starts at 10.30am. The service is open to anyone affected by the loss of a baby, regardless of faith or belief.

If you would like to find out more about the service please contact York Hospital Bereavement Services on 01904 725392.

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