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    October 2019



Getting together to celebrate with pride

For one night only, staff scrapped the uniforms and sensible shoes to step up and enjoy the limelight, celebrating their achievements at a glittering ceremony at Scarborough Spa.


Over 320 staff and guests from across the Trust gathered to recognise the work of colleagues who have gone over and above in their work. The Trust’s annual staff recognition ceremony, the Celebration of Achievement Awards, is fully funded by sponsorship and showcases the excellent work taking place throughout the organisation.

The ceremony was hosted by Chief Executive Simon Morritt who took the opportunity to publicly recognise all the wonderful work that takes place in the Trust.
Simon said: “The Celebration of Achievement Awards have become a valuable and highly regarded way of honouring colleagues who have excelled in their achievements and service for the Trust and to the patients, families and clients we serve.

“Every year we face increasing challenges and the pressures we face have never been greater. The awards reflect the excellent work taking place in the Trust and it is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the contributions of our staff and services. “Every day in the NHS, dedicated teams and individuals go to extraordinary lengths to provide exceptional care and fantastic services.”

Click here to read all about the winners and finalists in our Celebration of Achievement special.

New multi-million pound home for endoscopy officially opened

York Hospital’s new £10million endoscopy and GI physiology unit, one of the most modern and largest endoscopy units in England, has officially opened.


The unit, which has taken just eighteen months to complete, will significantly increase capacity to reflect the growing need for endoscopic investigations nationally and is expected to provide around 15,000 treatments each year.

The new unit is a two-storey building, incorporating seven endoscopy procedure rooms on the first floor, one equipped with radiology facilities. The unit’s upper floor accommodates two sizeable plant rooms - one for air-handling units to serve the treatment and recovery spaces below, and an adjacent ‘wet’ plant room. It also houses staff changing facilities, meeting rooms, and a seminar room with direct audio-visual links to the endoscopy rooms, to allow live steaming for training purposes.

The clinic will be led by a team of consultants and supported by highly trained healthcare professionals. Mr Srinivas Chintapatla, Consultant Surgeon and Care Group Director, who has been instrumental in the design, development and build of the new unit, explained more: “The new unit, one of the most modern and largest endoscopy units in the country, is an exciting development for the Trust.

“We used to do endoscopy in three rooms, so moving to a seven room unit will deliver significant improvements to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy waiting times and increase the range of procedures offered.

“In the new unit we will be using advanced technology, like endoscopy simulators, and we will be introducing new procedures like transnasal endoscopy, which means that patients having a gastroscopy will be more comfortable.

“The unit will allow us to teach and support the next generation of nurse endoscopists to develop their skills and we will also be in a position to hold courses to teach endoscopy which will raise the profile of the unit nationally.”

To read the full story, click here.

New enhanced approach to surgery at Scarborough Hospital

Patients on the East Coast are to benefit from a new enhanced approach to delivering general surgery, which aims to ensure that residents in Scarborough continue to receive surgical care close to home.


Mr Marco Baroni, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and clinical director for surgery, explained: “It’s well documented that general surgery in Scarborough has been in a fragile position for some time and it has become increasingly difficult to maintain a 24 hour surgical rota on the East Coast. In the summer of 2018 the departure of two surgeons from Scarborough Hospital exacerbated the situation and since that time York consultant surgeons have been providing cover at Scarborough Hospital, supported by locums.

“Over the past few months surgeons from across the Trust have worked together to develop a solution which seeks to preserve services in Scarborough. I am pleased that from today (Monday) there will be a rota of 18 general surgeons, all working Trust-wide. They all have on call commitments, as well as providing planned surgery at both sites with an increased range of sub speciality services.”

Emergency care will continue to be provided at both main sites, with 24/7 consultant on call cover. The Trust has also been successful in recruiting in recent months, which means there is no longer a reliance on temporary locum staff to provide surgery.

Contamination scenario tests emergency teams

Following last year’s LIVEX mass casualty exercise, York and Scarborough emergency departments were tested with a new scenario - their response to a contamination incident.

The half day exercise was created to test plans for a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminated patient presenting for treatment. The scenario was a group of students and farm workers had been contaminated with an unknown substance and needed to be brought into the emergency department for decontamination and then treatment. Staff in the department sprang into action with their response plan which included erecting a special tent to shower the patients, and the deployment of specially trained members of staff in protective suits to decontaminate the patients.

Once again the teams used volunteer members of staff from the Trust and students from Hull and York Medical School who had casualty simulation make up applied to give the exercise realism. Their treatment involved decontamination by being showered and scrubbed by emergency staff in protective suits, then being taken into the emergency department to be seen by the clinical teams. The contamination was diagnosed and treatment included prescribing antidotes.


Richard Chadwick, Emergency Planning Manager, said: “York and Scarborough communities can rest assured that the Trust has the appropriately trained staff and equipment should we have to respond to a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident in the future.”


  In brief  


Board of Directors
Wednesday 27 November 2019
York Hospital

Read the latest Board papers

Council of Governors


The next Council of Governors is on Wednesday 11 December 2019 at Malton Rugby Club, between 1.30pm-3.00pm.


The Council of Governors meet four times a year in public and is chaired by the Trust Chair.  Trust members and members of the public are very welcome to attend as observers, and in addition there is an opportunity to speak to governors informally between 1.00pm-1.30pm, to ask questions.


If you cannot attend a meeting but would like to submit a question, please contact us five working days in advance of the meeting by emailing


Who's who

To learn more about our current governors please visit our website for more details.

Star Award finalists


All our staff and volunteers deserve recognition - but there are many that go above and beyond the call of duty to make the Trust a better service - with hard work, exciting new ideas and simply by putting patients first.


Our monthly star award finalists recognise outstanding individuals or teams who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the Trust provides care for our patients.


Click here to read why they were nominated and learn how they made a difference.


If you'd like to nominate someone for a Star Award complete the form here


National Elf Service launched


At the start of the month, we launched ‘National Elf Service’ for Christmas 2019. We are calling all staff to get involved by visiting and registering for their free fundraising pack.


Whether it’s dressing up as an elf for the day, holding a bake sale, hosting a festive quiz, or any other ideas you have that can bring a little festive spirit to our hospitals, please join us in raising money for your hospitals.

Wards and departments can assign a ‘Chief Elf’ who will oversee their colleagues and make sure there are no mischievous elves on the loose round our hospitals.

For more ideas and inspiration, sign up now and we'll send your fundraising pack containing lots of helpful ideas and props to make your National Elf Service day the best it can be. All staff members are invited to join us no matter which ward, department or hospital you work in.


 We also have alternative fundraising packs for children, so if you would like to get your family and friends involved too, please get in touch.


Butterfly Grand Raffle


The Butterfly Grand Raffle has launched across the Trust with over 25 exciting prizes to be won including a seven night stay in a Leisure Resorts luxury lodge at Ullswater or Aygarth for up to six people.

There is also a £500 holiday voucher for two people for Great Rail Journeys and a cookery school voucher for two at the Grand Hotel, York. There are also prizes such afternoon teas, spa vouchers, family day passes to local attractions and vouchers for local restaurants, along with many more prizes.

The raffle will raise funds for the Butterfly Appeal to improve maternity bereavement facilities at York Hospital.

Raffle tickets cost £1 each and will be available from both York and Scarborough fundraising offices. There will also be various stall dates booked for raffle ticket sales throughout September to November across sites. Tickets can be sent to departments for anyone who would like to sell them. The prize draw will be held on Friday 29 November 2019.

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