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   October 2018


Celebrating the pride of the Trust
Almost 300 staff and guests gathered for the ninth annual Celebration of Achievement awards ceremony at York Racecourse this October. It is the one night of the year where the Trust showcases the achievements of our professional, innovative, caring and dedicated staff in style.

The glittering ceremony, hosted by Chief Executive Mike Proctor, provides an invaluable opportunity to publicly recognise all the wonderful work that takes place in the Trust. Mike said: “Every day in the NHS, dedicated teams and individuals go to extraordinary lengths to provide exceptional care and fantastic services.

“Taking time out to celebrate those individuals and teams who go the extra mile to make a real difference to others is one of the most important dates in the Trust’s calendar, and for me it is one of the highlights of the year. As we celebrate the 70th year of the NHS it is even more significant.”

Visit our website to find out more about the winners and finalists. Read More>>>
Emergency department at Scarborough Hospital receives major investment
Construction work has started to significantly upgrade the emergency department at Scarborough Hospital.

The £950,000 investment is set to create five additional cubicles for patients coming into the emergency department, resulting in improved access and reduced waiting times.

David Thomas, Directorate Manager for the Emergency Department at Scarborough Hospital, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Scarborough and surrounding areas. Investing, improving and expanding the clinical area of the emergency department will enable us to better meet the clinical needs of our patients’.

“The extra space will offer patients more comfort and privacy, while creating a modern, up to date working environment for our staff - which will enable us to continue to deliver high quality urgent and emergency care.”
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Scarborough Review
You may be aware that the Trust is undertaking an independent review of the configuration of Scarborough acute services. The review is in partnership with Scarborough and Ryedale CCG and East Riding CCG, working under the auspices of the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.

The main purpose of this review is to consider the most appropriate configuration of Scarborough’s acute services to ensure that they are adequately supported by other specialties and that they are fit for purpose, sustainable, accessible and deliver the highest possible quality of care.

The review will look at how we can do things differently to get the best possible hospital services for people in Scarborough. Whilst several services have been made sustainable as a result of the merger between York and Scarborough trusts, it is fair to say that the provision of some acute services has become increasingly difficult over a number of years due to well documented recruitment pressures facing some specialties as well as some of the geographical and demographic challenges facing Scarborough.

The prospect of having no emergency department in Scarborough is unthinkable, not least as the impact on other hospitals and the local population will be devastating. Our efforts are focussed on what we need to have at Scarborough and what innovative staffing models we can develop to safely deliver them if traditional staffing approaches are not possible.

The events, held earlier this month, were designed for small groups of invited members of various local health networks and groups to seek input into the development of evaluation criteria against which any future proposals could be measured. The media reports that they were public consultation events are not accurate as there are no proposals to consult on at this time.

We will keep you updated about the Review in forthcoming editions of Membership Matters.
New trial helps reduce unnecessary antibiotics
In June the Trust was one of the first to implement a nationally funded research study to help stop unnecessary antibiotics.

The Antibiotic Review Kit (ARK) encourages all prescribers to categorise antibiotic prescriptions according to the strength of evidence there is for an infection. The options are ‘possible’ - when infection isn’t the most likely diagnosis but antibiotics are required just in case, or ‘probable’ - where infection is the most likely diagnosis.

ARK also asks doctors to stop antibiotics on review unless there’s clear evidence to continue. These simple measures, combined with regular audit and feedback of results, have led to a significant increase in the number of antibiotics stopped by day three.
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Hospital highlights the importance of play for poorly children
Earlier this month, the ‘Superheroes’ of York Hospital’s childrens ward were out and about promoting the power of play in the treatment of poorly children in hospital.

‘Play in Hospital Week’ ran from 8-14 October and celebrated the little known but hugely important role of the play team. They are registered hospital play specialists and qualified nursery nurses who help provide a child friendly and welcoming environment that helps bridge the gap between home and hospital.

Behind the scenes the play team help make a child’s stay in hospital fun by providing them with activities, toys and equipment. Part of their role is to prepare children for hospital life and distract them during medical procedures.
Learn more>>>

  Diary Dates  

Board of Directors

Wednesday 28 November 
Room S033, Post Graduate Centre
Scarborough Hospital
(Open to public observers)

Council of Governors

Thursday 13 December
Malton Rugby Club
(Open to public observers)

Other News
Governor elections

The recent governor elections for various constituencies were very popular, and we are pleased to be able to announce the successful candidates.

You will notice some familiar names as they have been re-elected. There are also a few new names who will bring a fresh perspective to the group. Here are the results:
  • Bridlington: David Errington

  • York: Sally Light, Mick Lee (staff)

  • Scarborough: Liz Black

  • Ryedale: Jeanette Anness

  • Selby: Ann Bolland

  • Whitby: Stephen Hinchliffe
If you wish to contact your governor you can do so by emailing

Encouraging family and friends to join as a member

Have you thought about encouraging your friends and family to join the Trust as a member? The role of our members is important as it allows you to have your say and help shape future developments. There are also several other associated benefits. As a member you can: 


  • Vote in elections for the Council of Governors

  • Voice your opinion on local services

  • Consult on the Trust's strategic plans

  • Receive our members' only newsletter

  • Attend members' only events

  • Stand as a governor

  • Receive NHS discounts.


Your support is crucial to expanding our reach, so please encourage your friends and family to find out more and apply by visiting our members pages on the Trust website.

Membership Survey

To help us shape future plans we have developed a membership survey to help us understand what is important to our members.  The survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The survey is open until Monday 5 November.

To complete the survey click here
Health Service discounts

Did you know that as a member of the Trust you can gain access to a number of NHS discounts on travel, finance and shopping? To do so, register free at and view the many great offers available to you.
Grand Opera House Pantomime bucket collections

York Teaching Hospital Charity is looking for volunteers to help with bucket collections at the Grand Opera House in York between 17-23 December.

The money raised at the collections will help care for our hospitals over the Christmas period and you can even watch the Pantomime for free.

If you can help with the collections, please contact the charity team at or by calling 01904 724521.

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