Phlebotomy (Blood Testing) returning to Outpatients Department in January


Members of the public are being invited to join Governors and senior leaders from Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust at its re-scheduled Annual Members’ Meeting, which will now take place on Tuesday 21 November in the Derwent Room at the Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8QZ.

The original meeting was due to take place in September, however technical issues concerning the publication the Trust’s Annual Reports and Accounts meant that the annual meeting needed to be delayed.

Registration for the formal meeting will take place from 4:15pm and there will be networking opportunities and refreshments for attendees. The formal meeting will commence at 5pm and finish at 6:15pm. Free car parking is available.

The Annual Members’ Meeting gives the Trust the opportunity to share its reflections on the past year and engage with Foundation Trust members and the public.

Attendees will have the chance to listen to a series of presentations from across the Trust’s footprint (North Yorkshire and the North East) giving insights into how the Trust works, its new membership strategy and how it aims to engage with communities in the future.

Attendees will be able to meet Governors, Directors of the Trust Board and a wide variety of staff from across the organisation. There will be an opportunity to pose questions to senior Trust members including the Chair, Sarah Armstrong, and Chief Executive, Jonathan Coulter.

Sarah Armstrong, Chair of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We hope you are able to join us for our Annual Members’ Meeting to hear about all the fantastic work going on across our Trust.

“This event is a great opportunity to meet your elected Governors and senior leaders and we are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible.”

The Annual Members’ Meeting agenda and the Annual Report and Accounts for 2022/23 will be formally received and will be available on the Trust website in due course.

The event will also be streamed live on the Trust’s YouTube channel here.

This year’s event is expected to be busy so please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office by email at [email protected] to book a place.

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In England, NHS patients have the right to request to move to a different hospital to receive their care/treatment if they have been waiting longer than 18 weeks. As the NHS continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic we are initially contacting all patients who have been waiting over 40 weeks and inviting them to be considered to move hospital to receive earlier care/treatment.

If you are eligible, you will receive a SMS and/or letter with the option to opt in.

Many patients may be deemed clinically appropriate to move provider. However, not in all circumstances will we be able to identify alternative capacity to facilitate a move.

Further information can be found here

The incident at Harrogate District Hospital is now over. Those people wishing to visit patients in our wards and our Emergency Department are now able to do so.

Thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

We are aware of a security incident in the car park at Harrogate District Hospital and are working with the police who are in attendance. We will provide an update as soon as we have further details.

Visiting patients has been suspended until further notice. Please contact our hospital switchboard on 01423 885959 if you urgently need to speak to someone in our care.

Please avoid our Emergency Department unless it’s a life-threatening or severe illness or injury. We would ask people with non-serious conditions to contact NHS 111 first. The NHS will help you right away and if you need urgent care, the NHS can book you in to be seen quickly and safely.

Thank you for your understanding.

Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, we are unable to publish and officially launch our Annual Report and Accounts in time for the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Annual Members Meeting.

To enable us to give this event the recognition it deserves, we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the meeting, which was due to be held next week (Tuesday 19 September) for a short period of time.  A revised date for the meeting will be published in due course.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new camera-controlled, ticketless car parking management system in all visitor car parks at Harrogate District Hospital.

Barriers in the main hospital car park have been removed and cameras will identify cars on entry and exit using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). Visitors are able to pay for the car parking when they leave by entering their car’s registration into the parking validation machines in the front entrance of the hospital – making the process of paying for parking easier with either cash or card, or via the Evology Parking app.

Terminals are available across the hospital and at the main reception for visitors who are eligible for the concessionary or free parking that the Trust currently offers, for example for blue badge holders, patients receiving cancer treatment, or parents visiting the paediatric ward or Special Care Baby Unit.

The new barrier less system will provide a better experience for patients and visitors by improving the flow into and out of Harrogate District Hospital’s car parks and reducing the queues on Lancaster Park Road, as well as improving road safety and ambulance access.

Parking for the general public will be free for the first twenty minutes, then will cost £4 for up to two hours, £6.50 for up to four hours, £8.50 for up to six hours and £11 for up to 24 hours. The funds gathered from parking fees allow the Trust to reinvest back into the delivery of patient care and maintaining facilities such as car parks across HDFT.

Visitors using the Evology Parking app will need to pay for their parking by midnight on the day they parked a Harrogate District Hospital or a parking charge notice (PCN) will be issued.

Visitors who are not using the Evology Parking app will need to remember to pay for their parking at the end of their visit by using the parking validation/payment machine at the main entrance to the hospital or a parking charge notice (PCN) will be issued.

To manage the new systems and ensure fair and accurate parking across the site, Parkingeye, the market leading operator of ANPR car park management systems, has been brought in to help maintain the rules in place on the car parks and provide ongoing support.

Parkingeye has almost 20 years of experience working on NHS sites and helping car parks to work more effectively, from cutting down abuse and misuse to ensure there’s more space available during visiting hours, to protecting staff parking across complex NHS Trusts.

Part of their ongoing support includes a specially trained appeals team to help deal with motorists that may have received a parking ticket and wish to appeal their charge. Parkingeye retains a high level of compliance for appeals and their services are fully compliant with all British Parking Association guidelines.

The ANPR system will be expanded into HDFT’s staff car parks in October, where staff will be charged a monthly fee to use the car parking facilities calculated on their vehicle’s emissions, their pay band and their contracted hours.

Andy Colwell, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities at Harrogate Integrated Facilities, a subsidiary company owned by HDFT and who are responsible for car parking at the hospital, said “We are always looking to innovate and use the latest technology to improve the facilities we offer our patients and visitors, whether that is delivering care or ensuring ease of access for all of our service users.

“By introducing a new barrier less system, we will be able to improve the flow of cars into our car park at busy times, such as visiting hours and reduce the chance of queues of cars forming on Lancaster Park Road.

“The system will help to reduce noise and environmental pollution from cars idling outside the hospital or from the alert noise on the barriers of our current system which could affect local residents. The fully digital service also removes the paper waste which is produced by the current ticketing system.

“For those people who do not want to drive, our hospital is also well serviced with public transport links, so using a bus to visit our hospital is an option too.”

The Evology Parking app can be downloaded via, Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Further information on car parking at Harrogate District Hospital can be found at

Parents, grandparents, carers and young people in the Wakefield district are being encouraged to download the new Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App, designed to support the health development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

The Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App has been developed by the Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service, in collaboration with Wakefield Families Together, and is specifically tailored to the local area to ensure the healthcare information provided is relevant to people who live in the district.

The Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service provides health visiting and school nursing support – working with children, young people and their families to ensure that children have the best start in life and are able to fulfil their potential.

The service, which comprises varied public health practitioner’s working across the 0-19 service, is provided by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT), the largest provider of 0-19 health services in England, looking after over 500,000 children across nine local authorities.

The app provides information including videos on a wide range of topics such as antenatal care; infant feeding, diet and nutrition, child development; perinatal, infant and child emotional health; children with special educational needs; and making sure your child is ready for school.

Mums, dads and partners can access a wide range of accessible self-help guidance and support, whilst children and young people can take advantage of the activity tracker and health promotion resources included on the app.

The app also provides information on accessing the service, including family and youth hubs, local support groups and activities available across the Wakefield district. The app is interactive so that users can provide feedback on their experience of the Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service.

Claire Abell, General Manager at Wakefield 0-19 Children’s Service said: “We are delighted to launch our new Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App, which will be a real benefit for parents and their families.

“The app, which is free to download, was created so that parents, carers and young people could easily access reliable, trusted information about health and wellbeing whenever they need it.

“The app will be used by our Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Children Service to help send information across communities to keep families happy, healthy and safe.

“The app will continue to be updated and developed in the future and we look forward to receiving feedback from users so that we can further improve the content and the launch of additional functions, including a virtual chat function.”

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We are delighted to be working with Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and our partners to deliver this product. The app will provide our residents with a whole wealth of support at their fingertips. The health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families is our primary concern and this new app will help us to further improve on the high level of service that we provide in Wakefield district.”

The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching for ‘Children’s Health Service-HDFT’.

You will be contacted if your appointment needs to be changed. Please continue to come forward for the care you need. 

Consultants who are part of the British Medical Association (BMA) will be undertaking 48 hours of industrial action from 7am on Thursday 20 July to 7am on Saturday 22 July. The action will affect some services provided by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT).

Consultants are senior doctors who not only see patients but are responsible for supervising junior doctors and other staff. Without supervision it may not be possible for some care delivered by junior doctors or other staff to take place, however we are working hard to provide appointments and/or treatment for our patients as planned.

We understand this may cause our patients and their families to worry about how services will be delivered during this period. The safety of our patients is our primary concern and we have developed plans for the proposed action and its impact on our services, patients and staff. We are working hard to prioritise resources to protect emergency treatment, critical care, neonatal care, maternity, and trauma, and ensure we prioritise patients who have waited the longest for elective care and cancer surgery.

This instance of industrial action is likely to impact on clinics and theatre sessions at the Trust, with some appointments and elective surgery needing to be cancelled.

Patients should continue to attend appointments as planned unless contacted to reschedule. We will only reschedule appointments and procedures where necessary and any postponed appointments will be re-arranged as a priority. We appreciate this situation is frustrating for patients affected and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is important to know that people with life-threatening or severe illnesses or injuries should continue to dial 999 and come forward as normal.

For people who require medical assistance and are considering visiting our Emergency Department, unless it’s a life-threatening or a severe illness or injury, we would ask that they contact NHS 111 first either by calling or going online The NHS will help them right away and if they need urgent care, the NHS can book them in to be seen quickly and safely.

If you attend our Emergency Department when your condition is not serious or life-threatening, you may be asked to go elsewhere to seek support or you may have a very long wait for treatment. For more information on when to go to A&E, please visit the NHS UK website.

Thank you for your understanding.

5 July 2023 marks 75 years of the National Health Service (NHS).

Treating over a million people a day in England, the NHS touches all of our lives.

When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery.

Today, nine in 10 of people agree that healthcare should be free of charge, more than four in five that care should be available to everyone, and that the NHS makes them most proud to be British.

This is because, since 1948, the NHS has always evolved and adapted to meet the needs of each successive generation.

From Britain’s first heart transplant in 1958, to Europe’s first liver transplant in 1968.

From the world’s first CT scan on a patient in 1971, revolutionising the way doctors examine the body, to the world’s first test-tube baby born in 1978.

Large-scale vaccination programmes protected children from whooping cough, measles and tuberculosis, and in 1999 the meningitis C vaccine was offered nationally in a world first.

The NHS has delivered huge medical advances, including the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant in 1987, pioneering new treatments, such as bionic eyes and, in more recent times, the world’s first rapid whole genome sequencing service for seriously ill babies and children.

During the pandemic, having a single national health service enabled research to be carried out at an unprecedented scale and find the world’s first effective treatment for Covid-19, dexamethasone, making it available across every hospital the same day it was approved.

Having a single national health service enabled the delivery of the first accredited Covid-19 vaccine in the world, but to rollout the NHS vaccine programme with a combination of speed and precision unseen elsewhere.

The NHS is now a leader in adopting innovative medicines, with industry data showing there are five treatments available in England for every four in Europe, as well as almost a third more cancer drugs. Purchasing power means this can be done at a price that benefits taxpayers as well as patients.

In 2022 alone, in robotics systems have helped to treat patients with prostate cancer and get them back to their homes in less than 24 hours after surgery. We saw the first new treatment for sickle cell disease in over two decades, and the 100th cancer drug was fast tracked to patients through the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund.

Integrated care systems were also established across England, bringing health and care organisations together to address health inequalities and plan services to better meet the needs of our number one priority – our patients. These local health and care services are designing new proactive models of care, improving health and wellbeing today and for future generations.

The NHS is very proud of how its staff worked tirelessly to respond to the pandemic and care for thousands of patients. But the virus is still with us, and dealing with its after-effects will take us, and other health systems across the world, several years to fully recover.

The NHS are putting plans in place to help us to fulfil our ambitions, and to deliver better health and services for every community.

Having an NHS today is helping with the most ambitious catch-up programme in health service history. Last summer, hospitals across England worked together to ensure that the longest waits for elective care were virtually eliminated, and eighteen-month waits fell from a high of almost 125,000 to under 33,000 by February 2023.

Major recovery plans – one on elective care and a second on urgent and emergency care – have set out how we will stabilise and recover these NHS services and create a solid platform to deliver our long-term ambitions. A plan to improve GP access and a workforce strategy are set to follow, creating clear and much needed direction.

Latest data shows that the population of England has grown by almost 3.5 million in the past decade, and as a nation we are living longer than ever before. We are seeing more people in older age groups, with almost one in five of the population aged 65 and over, and that number is expected to grow in the years ahead. It is also the most diverse our nation has ever been, with 1 in 6 people in England from minority ethnic backgrounds.

As we look ahead, embracing innovation is critical in enabling the NHS model to deliver better outcomes for our growing population. That means using IT and data more effectively; integrating health and social care; getting better at preventing illness, not just treating it; and speeding up the introduction of 21st century genomics-based medicine.​

Innovating for future generations also means developing new services, such as our NHS National Centre for Gaming Disorders, the UK’s only clinic to support people with gaming disorders, and specialist addiction services for those suffering from gambling disorders, with seven clinics live across the country. England has also become the first country in the world to launch clinical training in perinatal mental health using extended reality (XR) technology.

More than 100,000 patients have been treated in NHS virtual wards in the last year for conditions such as frailty and acute respiratory infection, freeing up capacity in our hospitals and allowing patients to get care at home. That’s around the same number of patients who had a hip replacement last year in England.

None of this innovation would be possible without the skill and expertise of NHS staff, volunteers and our partners in the social care sector. From the midwives who help bring us into the world, the GPs and pharmacists who are our first port of call when we are sick, the nurses, doctors and other clinicians who care for us in our time of need, the porters and cleaners who keep our hospitals moving, and the hundreds of thousands of dedicated staff and volunteers in between – our people are the driving force in helping us do this.

From the day it launched, the NHS has relied on staff from across the world – from the Windrush Generation of 1948 to today’s workforce, represented by over 200 nationalities.

As we mark 75 years of the NHS, we are looking back on our achievements, as well as looking ahead to the opportunities we have to shape the next 75. Our task is to plot and deliver a future in which we preserve the key principles on which the service is founded; tackle the challenges ahead and embrace future opportunities.

We have to confront the underlying issues behind growing demand, alongside workforce constraints, social care provision, and our changing health needs as a nation.

Everywhere you look, innovation is helping the NHS rise to these challenges, easing pressures and providing ground-breaking diagnosis and treatments.

The NHS is committed to transforming services, delivering for patients and better understanding the local populations we serve. We know we have much to do, but through modernising our outpatient services, rolling out new proactive and preventative models of care, and creating a sustainable system for the future, we will ensure the NHS continues to be the healthcare envy of the world.

Today the NHS has published the first ever NHS Long Term Workforce Plan – a plan developed by the NHS, backed by investment from government and created in collaboration with NHS staff and experts.

This will deliver the biggest increase in training numbers in our 75-year history with record numbers of nurses, doctors, dentists, Allied Health Professionals and other key healthcare staff to address the gaps in the current workforce and meet the challenge of a growing and ageing population.

Since the founding of the NHS 75 years ago, we have relied on the skill and dedication of staff who came here from around the world, and there will always be a place for them in the NHS. But as global demand for healthcare workers grows, we need to train more people here to future proof the NHS.

Increasing recruitment is not enough on its own so we are also setting out how we will retain more staff and use tech to free up them up to do what they do best: care for patients.

Our staff have told us that they want opportunities to progress and learn throughout their working life, so this plan also looks at how to deliver on the commitments in the NHS People Promise, ensuring we can attract and retain talent and support our teams.

Things will not change overnight but this NHS workforce plan represents a once in a generation opportunity to put staffing on a sustainable footing.

Read the full plan at

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