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   December 2017


NHS Carol Service
The annual carol service for NHS staff from around the region was held on 6 December, heralding the start of Christmas for the many who attended. For almost four decades, NHS staff, past and present, have gathered at York Minster each Christmas, taking time out from their busy duties to give thanks and rejoice.

A choir of over 200 local NHS staff rehearse at their separate locations in the weeks leading up to the service, only coming together on the day of the service to sing the programme of carols together for the first time.

The service is now organised and sponsored by the Trust who will continue on the long tradition. Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive, said: “The carol concert is a very special occasion and it means a lot to those who attend. The combination of the spectacular setting of York Minster and the atmospheric singing of the choir really celebrates and honours those who work for the NHS. For the many who will be working over the Christmas period, it kicks off the festive season in style.
Big switch on at York and Scarborough hospitals
December saw the switch on of the Christmas tree lights at Scarborough and York hospitals thanks to the generosity from some local donors including York Christmas Trees, John Wright Electrical Services, Wainwright Bathrooms and Major Tony Viney.

Over the festive period, patients and visitors can now enjoy seeing both trees lit up with sparkling lights. The switch on of the lights was celebrated at both sites with the hospital choirs performing carols for everyone followed by mince pies.
Volunteers given seasonal treat
This year’s York volunteers were treated to a Christmas lunch in Ellerby’s restaurant courtesy of York Teaching Hospital Charity. The charity’s own volunteers, York hospital volunteers and those from The Friends of York Hospital were invited to the three-course lunch as a thank you for all their hard work over the last year.

Chief Nurse Beverley Geary said: “The work of volunteers is vital to our organisation and we can’t thank them enough for their dedication. They make life that little bit better for many people in hospital in so many different ways. Whether their role is to welcome visitors, serve beverages on the wards, support patients as a dining companion or visitor, or to help raise funds we are extremely grateful for their help.”
Knitted angels bring cheer
Tiny knitted angels are set to bring festive cheer to staff, patients and visitors at some of the Trust’s hospitals this Christmas. Knitters in the local community, staff and Friends of the Chaplaincy department have been busy with their knitting needles since October, and weeks of tired fingers later, hundreds of woolly angels are now ready to hit some of the Trust’s hospitals this Christmas.

The woollen angels will be hidden around the hospitals and are free to take home by those lucky enough to stumble across one. Each angel has a prayer tag attached, kindly funded by York Teaching Hospital Charity, which reads, ‘May God richly bless you and all those you love this Christmas and New Year.’

The angels were the idea of Louise Grosberg, one of the Trust’s Chaplains. Louise said: “My hope is that this small act of kindness will bring a smile to the faces of patients, visitors and staff who will be working over the Christmas period.”


  Season's greetings from the Chair  


"Our Trust understands and knows that the sustainable future of health services for all of our population will rely on partnership working - that is to say working with all those involved in delivering healthcare in our region from acute trusts like ours to GP surgeries, from social services to third sector health care charities: perhaps most importantly however will be our engagement with those we serve - our members.

"I would like to thank all of our members, on behalf of the Council of Governors and the Board of Directors, for their ongoing interest and support of their local NHS. We constantly seek to improve the services we offer and are ever-grateful to our members for the support they provide.

"Our members will know that this has been a hugely challenging year for the NHS, nationally and locally, and the year ahead is likely to be just as difficult. All that said, our Trust will continue to strive to be the very best we can possibly be and will stay true to our compassionate values of putting our patients at the heart of everything we do, of caring, respecting one another, listening and seeking to be helpful.

"With this in mind, our Trust wishes all of our members the compliments of the season and looks forward to your support in the year ahead."

Susan Symington
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

News in brief

Christmas cheer around the Trust



Players and officials from York City Football Club visited the Children's Ward at York Hospital, to deliver gifts and spread a little Christmas cheer. Manager Martin Gray and a number of first team players were on hand to meet children and parents.


Thank you to the Bridlington Lions Club who kindly supported the York Teaching Hospital Charity’s Dementia Appeal by donating £558. It will be used to purchase large calendar clocks and activity packs. The activity packs are full of reminiscence items that can help engage patients in conversation as they recall memories and items such as jigsaws, dominoes, music games and CDs.


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