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   December 2018


Multi-million pound investment announced for Scarborough’s A&E
Scarborough Hospital is to benefit from a £40 million share of funding, following a successful bid by the Trust for capital investment as part of the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.

The funding will enable the creation of a Combined Emergency Assessment Unit, where staff from a range of medical specialties can work side-by-side in a single assessment area, close to the front door and diagnostic support.

This will help staff to assess patients more quickly and ensure they get the most appropriate care and treatment as rapidly as possible.

The Unit will be created alongside the Emergency Department and the on-site Urgent Treatment Centre, creating a comprehensive and integrated urgent and emergency care hub. Read More>>>
Workforce boost for Scarborough Hospital
Scarborough Hospital is also set to get a workforce boost with the recruitment of ten trainee advanced clinical practitioners and 20 trainee nursing associate apprentices.

The ten new trainee advanced clinical practitioners will join Scarborough Hospital in January and undertake a two-year programme which will include a mixture of practical learning at the hospital and academic study delivered by Sheffield Hallam University.

During the two year period they will develop the skills and knowledge needed to allow them to take on expanded roles and scope of practice caring for patients.

Upon successful completion of the programme in 2021, they will join the hospital as fully qualified advanced clinical practitioners. Read more>>>
Team at York Hospital wins national award
The Rheumatology team at York Hospital has received a prestigious national award which recognises health professionals who have gone above and beyond to help people with axial spondyloarthritis including ankylosing spondylitis (AS). AS is a painful, progressive form of inflammatory arthritis affecting 1 in 200 adults, with symptoms usually starting by the age of 24. The current average delay to diagnosis for AS in the UK is eight and a half years.

The nomination for the team said: “The whole team from my rheumatologist, to the specialist nurses to the team who have to take my bloods due to being on biologics. Thank you!

"Everyone I have dealt with to do with my AS care has been fantastic, patient, understanding and most importantly they have been kind.

"These types of attitudes and behaviours make a big difference when trying to deal with a chronic illness that often has a major impact on your life either physically, psychologically or both.

"The team continues to impress me despite the increasing pressures on the NHS.”
Learn more>>>
Take the test for AIDS
To mark World AIDS Day (1 December) Margaret Sentamu, wife of the Archbishop of York, joined staff from York’s sexual health services and charity Yorkshire MESMAC to highlight the importance of taking a HIV test. Demonstrating how simple a HIV test can be Margaret took a finger prick test where the result is given within 20 minutes.

Speaking about World AIDS Day, Margaret said: “It’s important to raise awareness not just for one day, but all year round of the importance of getting tested.

"There have been fantastic advances in medication which means people can now live a completely normal life, particularly when they get an early diagnosis.

“Understandably people may be nervous about taking a test but you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Late diagnosis can be devastating, so be brave and go forward - do not fear the test.” Read more>>>
Minster holds much loved carol service as NHS celebrates 70 years
The annual carol service for NHS staff from around the region was held this week (5 December), heralding the start of Christmas for the many who attended and to round off a remarkable year of 70th birthday celebrations.

For forty years, 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 was led by Revd Canon Michael Smith, York Minster, with prayers from The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, accompanied by the Revd Rachel Bailes, Senior Chaplain, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The choir was conducted by Dr Andrew Padmore, supported by a brass quintet. Read more>>>
BBC Radio York
In case you missed it, this week’s BBC Radio York ‘By The Sea programme’ came from Scarborough Hospital, which offered a fantastic insight into the work that staff do behind the scenes.

For anyone wishing to listen on catch up, you can do so online at the BBC website.

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 
Boardroom, York Hospital
Time to be confirmed
(Open to public observers)
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 
Boardroom, York Hospital
Time to be confirmed
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

Wednesday 13 March
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

Other News

End of Life member event

Death and dying are inevitable. Palliative and end of life care must be a priority.

The quality and accessibility of this care will affect all of us and it must be made consistently better for all of us. The needs of people of all ages who are living with dying, death and bereavement, their families, carers and communities must be addressed, taking into account their priorities, preferences and wishes. We have arranged sessions in York and Scarborough for our members which will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges end of life care presents to us all. The aim will be to share how end of life care at our Trust is delivered and the learning we are striving to achieve.

This will be approached through case study presentations and an opportunity to talk openly about the difficulties faced around the subject of recognising when patients are deteriorating, communicating effectively, involving those people who are important and providing a clear plan.


The sessions will take place on the following dates:


  • Friday 15 February 2019
    1.00pm in the Orchard Room Scarborough Hospital

  • Monday 18 February 2019 10.00am in the Boardroom York Hospital


All of our members are welcome so please go online to book your place.

Governor reports

The members of the Council of Governors produce regular reports of their constituency related activities which can be accessed online.
Challenge yourself during 2019

There are lots of different ways you can help make a real difference in our hospitals from raising money at your place of work, hosting your own fundraising event or giving the gift of your time by volunteering at one of our events. For further information please contact the Charity Team by emailing or calling 772 4521.
Trust thanks volunteers with Christmas lunch

Over 60 volunteers who contribute their time to the Trust enjoyed a Christmas lunch in Ellerby’s restaurant at York Hospital on Monday 10 December, courtesy of York Teaching Hospital Charity.

The hospital 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. They were joined by some of the Trust governors, Susan Symington, Chair, and Helen Hey, Deputy Chief Nurse.

Chief Nurse, Beverley Geary, explained: “The support of the 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.”
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