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      April 2019



Park and Ride bus launched

The next time you visit York Hospital, look out for the new hospital bus which took to the road earlier this week (Monday 29 April).


The park and ride service from Rawcliffe Bar has been launched in partnership with First York, supported by York Teaching Hospital Charity. A new dedicated bus stop has been created on the grounds of York Hospital, meaning it’s only a few short steps from the bus into the main hospital reception.


It is hoped that the new service will reduce congestion on the York site and make getting to the hospital easier for everyone.

Helping people talk about death

When it comes to conversations about death, it always seems too early until it's too late. As a society, we're not particularly good at talking about these things.


York's Dead Good Festival takes place this year from 10-19 May, with the aim of encouraging people to be more open about dying, death and bereavement.  The festival will encourage people to express themselves in different ways, whilst giving advice and support on a number of practical matters.


Kath Sartain, Lead Nurse End of Life Care for the Trust, explained: “We want the people to buck the trend and to be open in their own discussions about end of life. It can be uncomfortable, painful and even scary, but it's also important - and it can be invigorating doing it together in the open.”


During the week, local artist, Stephen Lee Hodgkin, will be chatting to visitors and staff in York Hospital’s main entrance, helping capture moments and experiences that celebrate life.  Visitors will be encouraged to use postcards, contribute to stories and add drawings to a large doodle. Stephen will then create a final piece inspired by these conversations for display within the Hospital. Staff, visitors and patients will also be able to contribute on postcards and add their thoughts and ideas in Scarborough Hospital too.


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Most events are free, but some require booking a place.

Scarborough choir aims to improve wellbeing

A new wellbeing choir is to be trialled at Scarborough Hospital following the successful pilot of the wellbeing choir at York Hospital with funding from York Teaching Hospital Charity.


The pioneering project encourages people to sing to improve their health and wellbeing.  It is open to everyone including staff, patients, visitors or members of the public.


Jess Sharp, Art and Design Project Coordinator, said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to come and join us.  There is a huge amount of evidence to show that singing improves our mood, with a decrease in stress, depression and anxiety.  These benefits are boosted in a group setting, compared to singing alone. The wellbeing choir offers a relaxed session suitable for all abilities so we hope people in Scarborough will join us.”


The choir meets on Tuesdays, starting on 30 April running to 23 July 2019.  People can drop-in between 12noon-1pm to Scarborough Hospital Chapel. There is a suggested donation of £2.  Please register your interest


Living with and beyond cancer

Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer or perhaps looking to live well with or after cancer? Maybe you're supporting someone through their cancer journey and you're filled with questions and worries?


Meet our hospital teams and local organisations to find out how we support people affected by cancer.  There are now more than 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and over 4,000 people diagnosed at the Trust every year.  The impact of cancer often doesn’t end when treatment does and therefore it’s vital to support those throughout and beyond their cancer diagnosis.


This event will have stands from various departments in the Trust, local support charities and organisations highlighting the great work they are doing to support the people affected by cancer.


The event takes place on 3 June between 11am-3pm in the Main Entrance at York Hospital.  There is no need to book - simply turn up on the day.


  In brief  


Board of Directors
Wednesday 29 May 2019
Postgraduate Centre
Scarborough Hospital

Read the latest Board papers

Council of Governors


The next Council of Governors is on Wednesday 12 June 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


To find out more about our governors and to read their latest reports, visit our website.

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


Performance matters


The latest Key Performance Indicators show how the Trust is doing against its performance targets. To read the full report visit to our website, starting on page 77.


Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions


Challenge events - run and raise money


For anyone looking for a running challenge the charity still has six places available for the Great North Run and just one place left for the York 10k.


Please contact the Fundraising team for further information by emailing

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