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   November 2017


York Hospital Turns it Purple for Pancreatic Cancer
York Hospital joined some of the UK’s most famous landmarks in turning its lights purple in honour of the thousands of individuals and families affected by pancreatic cancer each year.

The ‘Turn It Purple’ campaign highlights the fifth deadliest cancer in the UK by turning the UK purple every November, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Cold cot donated to York Hospital
York Hospital has received a cold cot which offers parents, who suffer the heartbreak of losing their baby, the chance to spend more time with them to say goodbye.

The emergency department has been given a cold cot by York Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) and the family of a baby who died aged 16 days old.

The cot regulates the baby’s temperature, allowing parents to keep their baby with them a little bit longer to say goodbye. The baby is able to stay in the cold cot for around two weeks. Read More>>>
Antibiotics? Ask a professional
November highlighted the national campaign to raise awareness of resistance to antibiotics. This year's theme urged people to seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic so antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate. They become ‘antibiotic resistant’ so that the antibiotic no longer works and the more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it.

Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, never saved for later or shared with others. It is important to use antibiotics in the right way, the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time for the right duration. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic resistance.  Learn more about the campaign at NHS choices>>>
Hospital Radio looking for new volunteers
York Hospital Radio, the charity which broadcasts to patients in York Hospital, is looking for volunteer request collectors to visit the wards, in addition to volunteers to provide back-up help to its sports broadcasters. The request collectors will be given full training, and will be responsible for visiting selected wards during the daytime, meeting suitable patients, and taking details of the music they would like to hear on the radio station.

In addition, the radio station is also looking for volunteers who would like to help with its sports shows by collating information about scores and scorers, and by preparing audio clips from other sources for broadcast during the show. Anybody interested in finding out more should email or call 01904 628800 and leave a message.
Meet the Governors - York
The Council of Governors consists of public governors and staff governors who have all been elected by their constituencies.  It also includes nominated representatives from the Local Authority, University and other partnership organisations.

You can find out more about the role of our governors here. This month the spotlight is on our York Governors. Learn more about our York Governors>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

29 November 2017
York Hospital

(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

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

Research News

Neurology team recruits first for EXIST 3 trial

The Trust has become the first in the UK to recruit a patient onto EXIST 3, a rollover study following on from the previous EXIST study. This means that the neurology research team will continue to monitor patients with tuberous sclerosis complex and refectory seizures that have so far proven to benefit from continued treatment of the drug Everolimus.

Adele Arton, Research Nurse, said: “Unfortunately this drug has not yet been approved by NICE to use in the NHS for these specific neurologic conditions. However, this is where research really does provide great opportunities for patients to partake in new, exciting upcoming trials within the Trust. By continuing to undertake this study here at York, it is not only helping to show improvements into managing these conditions but is striding towards providing the evidence needed to support licencing this drug for future use.”


Other News

Christmas ‘lights on’ ceremonies

York Teaching Hospital Charity are inviting staff and public to the “lights on” ceremonies at York and Scarborough Hospitals.

Both events take place at 5pm on Thursday 30 November, and will see Christmas trees - kindly donated by individuals and businesses - lighting up York and Scarborough Hospitals. The Christmas trees will appear at the South Entrance of Scarborough Hospital and at the raised grass area, adjacent to the multi-story car park on Wigginton Road. Small choirs will be present at both ceremonies to sing a melody of popular carols - so be prepared to join in!

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