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      January 2019


Improvement to York Hospital A&E complete
A much needed £650,000 refurbishment of the Emergency Department at York Hospital has been completed, just in time for the predictably busy winter months ahead.

Designed to help patients access the care they need more efficiently as the busy winter months begin to bite, the front end of the department has been reconfigured into two areas - one providing conventional emergency services and the other an urgent care and primary care centre providing better access for people with less severe conditions and planned outpatient appointments.

On arrival, patients are now seen by a senior nurse to ensure they are directed to the area that will best meet their needs. This will help speed up the treatment of patients by ensuring that patients needing emergency care see the right staff more quickly.

The refurbishment has been made possible thanks to investment from the Government’s Primary Care Streaming Initiative and capital investment from the Trust. The works include a bright new reception desk, two new assessment rooms and extensive improvements to the waiting area and infrastructure. Read more>>
Trust launches new five year strategy
The Trust has launched its plan for the next five years.

As a Trust, we are unashamedly ambitious in what we seek to achieve over the next five years; we know that what unites our 9,000 staff is our common purpose of providing outstanding patient care.

The challenging environment facing us presents an opportunity for us to do this in new ways, working across traditional boundaries and seeking innovative solutions that will help all parts of our health and social care system become truly integrated around the needs of our communities. We also know that the role of the hospital is changing, and we recognise the part we must play in preventing ill health.

Providing great care is the result of thousands of daily human interactions and the efforts of individuals working across multi-disciplinary teams. In our Five Year Strategy we describe how we will support our staff to do this. We celebrate diversity whilst recognising our collective strength.

This strategy will guide us through the transformation required to deliver this alongside our values which remain constant. We always put patients at the centre of everything that we do.  Read more>>

Listen to the Chair of the Trust Board, Susan Symington, share with you our vision for the next five years by introducing our new strategy, which describes how we will meet increasing demands, think differently - and create and take opportunities to integrate with partners.
Improved audiology services for East Coast
Adults and children with hearing problems in Scarborough and Bridlington can look forward to improved services with the installation of new audiology soundproof booths.

Until recently Bridlington patients have had to travel to Scarborough for the majority of testing but with the installation of a brand new audiology booth at Bridlington Hospital more services will be on offer locally.

Kate Iley, Head of Audiology, said: “Sadly, when Bridlington Hospital was built it did not include any soundproof booths, so patients have had to travel to Scarborough for the majority of the testing. We will now be offering more services from Bridlington, including testing of children over the age of three years - something we haven’t been able to do. We hope this will give patients and their families a more local service, rather than having the stress of coping with transport to Scarborough or Hull.”
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First ‘hip replacement in a day’ for Bridlington Hospital
Bridlington Hospital has celebrated a milestone in orthopaedic surgery with their first patient to have a hip replacement and go home in the same day.

They are one of only a handful of units in the country able to provide revolutionary hip and knee replacements for selected day patients. In the past patients would stay in hospital for up to five days following a hip replacement.

The Bridlington team has reached this breakthrough after advances in techniques, anaesthetics and medication over the past few years have seen patients recovering quicker and spending less time in hospital.

Mr Mark Andrews, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, has been leading the team in hip replacement at Bridlington Hospital.

Mr Andrews said: “We’re very proud to have completed our first same day operation and discharge of a hip replacement patient in Bridlington. A few other hospitals in the UK, Europe and the USA have started discharging selected patients on the day of surgery and we felt that we were ready to offer that service too.

“Over the years we’ve improved preparation and reduced the trauma of surgery by educating people in advance of their operation so they can prepare physically and psychologically. There have been changes to anaesthetics and medication and to how quickly we get people up and mobile after surgery.  Patients prefer to go home as soon as they can after surgery and some had asked us whether they could go home on the day of surgery. We have noticed over the last few years that as a result of changes to the treatment pathway some patients didn't really need to stay and so this was the logical next step.”
York Hospital helps give the organ donation message a much needed lift
York Hospital is working with NHS Blood and Transplant to promote organ donation to all its staff, patients and visitors.

The doors to the main lift in Reception and by the Head and Neck department have been covered with promotional messages urging people to sign up to be an organ donor.

There are 300 people currently in the region who need a lifesaving organ transplant. They need people to say yes to organ donation so they can get the organ they so desperately need.

The hospital is promoting organ donation in the hope that it will make people think about it while waiting for the lift and then go on to register. This will hopefully, in turn, open the door to more people getting the transplants they need. Read more>>
Chief Executive report
Every quarter the Trust Chief Executive presents a report to the Council of Governors.

To read his latest update click here which includes information about the Scarborough Review, CQC system visit and new roles and ways of working.

  Diary dates  

Board of Directors
30 January 2019 
Boardroom, York Hospital

Read the latest Board papers

Council of Governors
13 March 2019
Rugby Club, Malton

News in brief

York Hospital’s endoscopy project on schedule

Just one year on from the start of a major investment to build a new endoscopy building at York Hospital, and the project has made great progress. The new endoscopy unit is being built over the top of the existing physiotherapy department and will be one of the UK’s biggest and most advanced of its kind. It will enable the Trust to considerably increase the number of endoscopy procedures it delivers to accommodate significantly rising demand, while simultaneously improving the efficiency of the process and patient flow.

Andrew Bennett, Head of Capital Projects, said: “The project is progressing well, the masonry, roof and cladding are complete, and windows are being installed. Internally the walls and electrics are nearing completion and the installation of the lift has recently commenced. The project is planned to finish on programme in June 2019. There will then be a period of technical commissioning and a managed relocation of the endoscopy service to its new home.”

Visitors urged to keep winter viruses out of hospital

The Trust is asking visitors to help them protect patients from highly contagious winter infections by not visiting friends and relatives in hospital when they have been unwell or in close contact with someone with flu or norovirus.

While viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds and influenza, commonly known as flu. These infections are highly contagious, so when they are brought into a hospital environment they can easily spread to staff and vulnerable hospital patients.

Beverley Geary, Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention Control, explained: “We are experiencing a high level of norovirus and flu in our hospitals, which has resulted in the closure of wards and bays in order to stop the spread.

“Closing wards can help to contain the viruses but visitors can play a huge part and we would ask them to think carefully before paying any non-essential visits at this time.”
Living with and beyond cancer focus group

Have you been affected by cancer and live in the local area? Could you offer insight into what support patients need after treatment? The Trust value’s your opinion and need your help to improve the local Health and Wellbeing Support for people Living with & Beyond Cancer.

Join our focus group to give your opinion and ideas. To learn more and register email or call 01723 342582.
Member only events

End of Life Care session

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. Register here

The Role of the Freedom to Speak Up / Safer Working Guardian session

The Trust uniquely employs one person to undertake both roles as both are novel and challenging. They have proactive, reactive, strategic and tactical elements and requires excellent partnership working. Above all, the person in the role needs to gain the trust of all staff working in the Trust.

The Guardian of Safe Working role was issued in 2016 as part of the new Junior Doctors contract and has responsibility of ensuring doctors are properly paid for all their work and to make sure doctors aren’t working unsafe hours.

We have arranged sessions in York and Scarborough for our members to come and meet our Guardian and discuss further this very interesting role. The aim will be to share how it is delivered together with the benefits our staff receive and the aims we are striving to achieve.  Register here.


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