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    September 2019



Supporting organ donation

More and more families in York and Scarborough are saying yes to organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors. This was highlighted by this year’s Organ Donation Week (2 - 8 September).


During Organ Donation week the Trust joined forces with NHS Blood and Transplant to urge people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant.


Dr Rob Ferguson is the Trust’s clinical lead for organ donation and, alongside the specialist nurses in organ donation, is responsible for ensuring the processes involved in organ donation is done as professionally and empathetically as possible. Part of this role is increasing awareness of the process and is an important part of the activities during organ donation week.


Rob said: “Statistically, you’re much more likely to need an organ yourself than to be in a position where you can become an organ donor. Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Organ Donation week is the perfect opportunity to get people talking. Speak to your family about organ donation today.


“Fewer than half of families support donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one’s decision to be a donor. This rises to over nine out of ten when the decision to be an organ donor is known.”

Next year, the law around organ donation is changing in England. From spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.  Click here to read the full story.

Open days bring in the crowds

This year Open Days returned to the Trust with teams at Scarborough and York Hospital showcasing their services to the public and to colleagues. Information stands from clinical and corporate teams and tours offered an exclusive insider look at some of the hospital departments.


People were encouraged to discover more about the daily workings of the hospital and the services provided. Interactive tours and seminars gave people a rare opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes within the hospital, not normally seen by the public.

Tours were extremely popular including the boiler house, laboratory medicine, the mortuary at York Hospital, arts, neurophysiology and the diabetes department. Thank you to all the staff who took time out of their day to make these so successful.

For those interested in opportunities and careers in the NHS, there were recruitment and specialist staff on hand to offer advice, as well as on the day interviews for registered or newly qualified nurses.

Simon Morritt, chief executive, said: “It is great to see the enthusiasm from large numbers of our staff who put together displays, planning tours, and opening up their work areas for the public. The open days provided a fantastic opportunity to discover more about the hospital and the wider Trust.”

Dementia friendly room for Oak Ward

Oak Ward at Scarborough Hospital had a special celebration recently when Chief Nurse Heather McNair officially opened their new quiet room, funded through the Inspire scheme. The ward cares for up to 33 older people all aged over 78 years, who have been admitted to hospital with acute illness. Many of them have long term conditions such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease which can be exacerbated by a spell in hospital.


Ward Housekeeper, Tanya Barber, was keen to create a quiet room on Oak Ward that could be used by patients but was particularly dementia friendly. Tanya applied to York Teaching Hospital Charity for funds to improve the environment for those with dementia and they were lucky enough to be accepted as part of the Inspire project.

Ward Sister, Emma Brady, said: “For many patients, the noise and busyness of a ward can intensify confusion caused by dementia, Parkinson’s disease or delirium and a quiet space provides respite from that.
“The quiet room provides patients with some space away from the ward with comfortable armchairs in a calming green, and pictures of Scarborough on the walls. There are books, games, a digital retro radio and other resources such as colouring pens, word games and colouring books. It feels totally different and even the windows show restful forest scenes when the blinds are opened.

“Many thanks to Tanya for all the hard work she put into getting this dementia friendly initiative off the ground.”

Disability Confident Employer status awarded

Once again the Trust has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.


Disability Confident Employer status has been granted until 2021 as the Trust is recognised as an organisation that will go the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance. The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

Polly McMeekin, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “We are delighted to have retained this status, we are committed to offering inclusive and accessible recruitment. As an organisation we are serious about equal opportunities for disabled people and keeping and developing our staff.”

York Hospital Radio quiz night hosted by Alan Dedicoat

Well-known BBC personality Alan Dedicoat - the voice of Strictly Come Dancing, will be returning to York in November to host a fundraising quiz night, for York Hospital Radio.


The aim The event will be held at Acomb Conservative Association, off Front Street in Acomb, on Friday 29 November at 7.30 pm. It will be a team quiz, with a maximum of four people per team, and entry will be £10 per person, including a quiz sheet and pie and pea supper.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available now by emailing

Ian Clennan, chairman of York Hospital Radio, said: “Alan Dedicoat is patron of York Hospital Radio, and we are delighted and honoured that he is bringing the event to York once again. I hope that lots of teams of friends and work colleagues will come and take part and support us, while having a great night!”
The radio station can also be heard online at



  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


Butterfly Grand Raffle

The Butterfly Grand Raffle is being 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.

For more information, please visit or call 7724521 or 7716210
The prize draw will be held on Friday 29 November 2019.


Members event: New Endoscopy Unit tour


Work to build a brand new endoscopy unit at York Hospital is now complete, making it one of the most modern and largest endoscopy units in England.

The £10 million project has increased capacity from three treatment rooms to seven, reflecting the growing need for endoscopic investigations nationally.

The building has been designed to increase capacity to meet growing demand, improve the efficiency of patient flow and enhance the patient experience.  The new unit will deliver improvements to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy waiting times and increase the range of procedures offered, meaning fewer patients will have to travel to Leeds or Hull.

Following the official opening of the unit on 23 October, we are offering an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the new build to our members.  As part of the event you will get to see our new state of the art treatment rooms and meet some of the staff involved in providing care.
Click here to sign up.

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