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January 2018


Celebrating NHS 70
This year the NHS turns 70 and across the Trust we plan to join this special celebration.

A programme of activity is scheduled both nationally and locally that spans the whole of the year and will peak around the actual birthday of 5 July 2018.

Across the Trust teams from communications, arts, fundraising and volunteering have combined efforts to create a programme that reflects the present and past NHS, to appreciate how far this unique organisation has come over the past 70 years. 

Look out for the arts project capturing staff and patients in the NHS in a series of photographs which will provide the basis for an exhibition. There will also be music, poetry and fundraising events across the Trust all with the NHS 70 theme. Read More>>>
Work begins on York’s new endoscopy unit
Work has begun at York Hospital on what will be one of the most modern and largest endoscopy units in England.

The £10 million project will take around a year to complete and will increase capacity from three treatment rooms to seven, reflecting the growing need for endoscopic investigations nationally.

The building has been designed to increase capacity to meet growing demand, improve the efficiency of patient flow and enhance the patient experience. The new unit will deliver improvements to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy waiting times and increase the range of procedures offered, meaning fewer patients will have to travel to Leeds or Hull. Read More>>>
Region wide service to prevent heart attacks launches across Yorkshire
The region-wide screening service for people at risk of genetically high cholesterol had its official launch in York in December.

The Yorkshire and Humber Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) service, which has been hosted at the Trust, is being run at four hospitals across the region - York, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

FH is a deadly genetic condition that causes abnormally high cholesterol, which often leads to heart disease or even a fatal heart attack at a young age. It is estimated that up to 260,000 people are living with it across the UK, but around 85 percent are undiagnosed. Read More>>>
Canine companions provide comfort to hospital patients
A whole new breed of hospital visitor is brightening the lives of patients at York Hospital with the introduction of therapy dogs.

The Pets for Therapy (PAT) charity has provided three doggy guests, Otis, Betty and Rebus, who come into the hospital once a week providing a much needed boost for both inpatients and outpatients.

Evidence has revealed that spending time with, or petting, a dog or cat increases levels of wellbeing hormones and helps to combat feelings of loneliness. Petting or playing with an animal promotes a feeling of relaxation, which can help to relieve symptoms of anxiety and reduce physical issues such as pain. Read More>>>
Meet our Governors - Scarborough
This month we introduce the last of our Trust's public Governors as we turn our focus to Scarborough governor Richard Thompson. Learn more about Richard>>>

  Diary Dates  


Board of Directors

31 January 2018
The Boardroom
York Hospital

Time 10.45am
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

8 March 2018
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

News in brief

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Visitors urged to keep flu out of hospitals


Visitors to our hospitals are being urged to help protect patients and staff by reducing the spread of flu.

Flu, short for influenza, is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can prove fatal for vulnerable people, with those aged 65 and over and with long-term health conditions, including diabetes and kidney disease, particularly at risk.

Emma George, Assistant Director of Nursing at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are asking people who have been unwell with symptoms of flu not to visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for at least two days. This is really important because the virus is highly infectious and outbreaks can happen quickly. 


"We ask that people think carefully before paying any non-essential visits, and to keep hands clean and be vigilant about hand washing. This is to keep the virus contained and to help visitors keep themselves safe as well as their friends or relatives."

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