Join author Rosemary Cook for an introduction to her book ‘Petticoat Government’, which tells the remarkable story of York’s unique nursing history.
Rosemary Cook, former Director of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, talks about her new book ‘Petticoat Government’, based on original local research. The York Home for Nurses was run by Anglican religious sisters, funded by local people, and governed by a council of famous York names. Dealing with epidemics and floods as well as medicine and surgery, the Home eventually became the Purey Cust Nursing Home.
More than half of York’s primary schools will take part in Walk to School Week 2019, which runs from 14 to 18 October.
The national, awareness-raising event is staged annually and aims to encourage children and their families to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school, rather than travelling by car.
Locally, in excess of 8,000 students from 28 different schools will get involved. City of York Council’s iTravel team will present the Jack Archer Award to the school with the highest proportion of its students walking, cycling or scooting throughout the week, as well as cash to spend on sports equipment, which has been donated by Age UK. The Jack Archer Award is now in its sixteenth year and Age UK has supported the competition since it was first launched as part of its intergenerational work to encourage children to be more active.
Councillor Andy D’Agorne, the council’s Executive Member for Transport, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many local schools getting involved in Walk to School Week and competing for the Jack Archer Award.
“The council is committed to promoting sustainable forms of transport and it’s important that children are encouraged to adopt these habits from a young age. In addition to the health and wellbeing benefits for the children themselves, walking, cycling or scooting benefits everyone by reducing traffic congestion and emissions, and improving air quality.
“Good luck to all the schools taking part!”
Residents of all ages can find out more about sustainable travel options by visiting www.itravelyork.info.
According to a notice published earlier today, the York Council has received no suitable tenders for the provision of a care home at its Lowfieldssite.
The Council has already invested heavily in providing infrastructure, including roads, at the site. They promised a 30-month building timetable inresponse to concerns expressed by residents in 2016 who feared that the nuisance caused by building works could drag on for a decade.
The failure to find a development partner for the care home, together with delays on the communal housing section, means that there is no end in sight for the development work.
The delay noticesays, ” This item has been withdrawn because, following a tender process, officers have been unable to appoint a developer. Officers need to consult the market and consider the options before the Executive can make a decision”.
According to the Councils Elderly Care programme, which was last discussed in 2018, work on building the care home was due to start next month. Officials at that they said that they were confident on getting a good deal for the site following “soft market” testing.
Now a delay on the start of building work on the home of over 12 months seems inevitable.
There have been similar delays at Oakhaven on York Road where work is now over 3 years behind schedule.
Delays also dog the Haxby Hall redevelopment site on the other side of the City.
Despite the delays in providing new care homes, existing facilities have been closed. Some like Willow House next to the Bar walls remain empty.
Ironically, the original plan to provide a, mainly private sector funded, care village on the site of the Lowfield’s school had been developed in 2010 to the point where work was scheduled to start. The scheme was shelved by the incoming Labour Council and 9 years later there is little to show but some “roads to nowhere” and large spoil heaps.
The site is now has little security. It is attracting children who want to play on the dangerous spoil heaps.
The football pitches have long gone so alternative children’s play facilities are non existent.
Even the Kingsway multi user games area has been turned into a building compound for another development..
Residents and businesses can have their say on plans which could guide future developments on the former Bootham Park hospital site.
The former hospital site, which includes a series of Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings, is back on the market after a sale fell through earlier this year.
While City of York Council and local health partners do not own the site, they have joined forces to influence the plans of future owners.
The council and the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have included their own land to the north and east of the former hospital to show how a larger site could respond to the healthcare, housing, transport and green space needs of this area and the wider city.
The site development report was produced after consultation late last year, and shows how a sensitive and appropriate development could provide:
52 key worker apartments
a new physiotherapy suite, medical training and research centre of excellence
a 70 bed care home
60 assisted living/supported living apartments
a new children’s nursery
Multi-storey car parking to maintain existing parking capacity and open up the site
extensive public open space
Councillor Nigel Ayre, City of York Council executive member for finance and performance, said:
“The consultation last year confirmed how important the Bootham Park Hospital site is to York and its residents.
“It has been a focal point for the community and played a huge role in the city’s healthcare since the hospital building first opened its doors in 1777.
“While we don’t own the site we are exploring how to make sure that future developments respect that heritage and play a part in meeting some of York’s 21st Century challenges.
“So please take a look at the plans, give us your feedback and we’ll use them to influence future owners of the site.”
You have until Friday 11 October to make your comments on all elements of this proposal.
You can see all the details and join the conversation in a number of ways.
Exhibitions (available from Tuesday 17 September)
City of York Council’s West Offices, Station Rise, YO1 6GA
The foyer of York Hospital, Wigginton Road, YO31 8HE
Meet the team and talk through the proposals at these events:
Tuesday 17 September 3pm to 6pm, Marriott Room, York Explore, Library Square, YO1 7DS
Saturday 21 September, 1pm to 4pm, York City Church, Citadel YO31 7EA
Wednesday 25 September, 4pm to 7pm, York City Church, Citadel YO31 7EA
Tuesday 1 October, 2pm to 5pm, York City Church, Citadel YO31 7EA
You can see all the details and find a link to an online survey (also available from 17 September) through the council website, or join the conversation on social media.
A report York’s Mental Health Partnership work covering the period May 2018 to August 2019 will be considered by a Council meeting on Wednesday.
The York joint health
and wellbeing strategy for 2017-22 identifies four principal themes to be
addressed. One of these themes is mental health and wellbeing with the key
priority for that theme being ‘to get better at spotting the early signs of
mental ill health and intervening early’.
Other aims in the joint health and wellbeing strategy in
relation to mental health are: Ø
Focus on recovery and rehabilitation Ø
Improve services for young mothers, children and
Ensure that York becomes a Suicide Safer city
Ensure that York is both a mental health and
Improve the services for those with learning
disabilities (to be addressed in its own strategy)
On Saturday 7 September people from across York will come together to remember those who died by suicide.
Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, City of York Council and the city’s suicide prevention partnership are inviting people to reflect on loved ones lost to suicide.
Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, will host the service of reflection for those who have been lost to suicide. The service, which will begin at 1pm on Saturday 7 September, is open to all who have been bereaved or affected by suicide, of all faiths and none, and will enable people to reflect on those lost to suicide with others who have had similar experiences.
Cllr Carol Runciman, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Suicide impacts the lives of many friends, families and communities. This service of reflection is open to everyone and will bring people together to remember those lost to suicide.
“This is a very poignant event and emotional support will be on hand for people should they need it on the day or in the future.”
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please T A L K
Tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling
Ask for their help, or seek help
Listen to their advice or advice from others
Know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times
Seek help or support with any problems
· Phone the Samaritans 24 hour helpline on 116 123 for confidential non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
· Ring 111 to access mental health services – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
· Contact your general practitioner (GP). If you do not have a GP or do not know your GP’s telephone number contact 111
The York Council says that a report on the future of dental health in the City – promised last year – will be published before the end of 2019
The new timetable has been supplied in response to a Freedom of Information request.
There has been continuing concern in the City about lack of vacancies at local dentists for NHS patients. Recently the only recorded vacancies for new patients on the NHS web site were, ironically, at the Bupa practice.
Healthwatch York published a report into dental services in the City last year. (Their web site is down at the moment)
The FOI response says, “An Oral Health Strategy has been drafted for children and young people, in response to data obtained from an oral health needs assessment carried out recently. This strategy will be published by the end of 2019“.
However, it goes on to say that the Councils public health department doesn’t monitor the waiting list for services. It says that is a an NHS responsibility.
We have been unable to find any recent figures indicating the overall length of dental waiting lists in the City.