Good news over vaccinations

Deputy Chief Executive, Nicki Latham

HELLO and welcome to the latest Chief Executive’s blog.

This has been another incredibly busy week with an amazing amount of work going on in all areas of the trust. The biggest news has undoubtedly been the approval to use the Pfizer Covid vaccine. The Trust is one of the distribution hubs for the vaccine and I want to thank everyone who has made that possible because it has been a massive piece of work to make this happen.

The full details of how the vaccine will be distributed and to which priority areas of the population  is yet to be fully decided with news changing regularly. This will be a massive task for the NHS but we have proven time and time again over the last few months what we are capable of and I am sure we will all work together to deliver this vital programme.

There will be a call for staff to get the vaccination shortly and although we don’t actually know when that will be exactly we will keep everyone informed as to where, when and how that will happen.

National Grief Awareness Week

THIS week is a time for us all as a community to come together, reflect and  remember all those affected by loss this year and in previous years. We are a close community and have been deeply touched by the support for our teams at the hospital, across community sites and the hospice, and we are incredibly proud of all the key workers.

We have arranged for a number of iconic structures across Blackpool to be lit up yellow to show our compassion to all those who are feeling the effects of grief and to let you all know that we are here and thinking of you.

Join us on the December 8, at 6pm when Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Victoria Hospital and the windmills at Lytham and Marton will be lit yellow as a symbol of togetherness, from us all at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals to our community. The lighting of the Tower and BVH main entrance will be live on the Trust’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Royal Variety is the spice of life for Trust singers

IT was great to hear about members of staff from the Trust taking part in one of the nation’s most iconic shows.

Performing as the NHS Voices of Care Choir, a cross section of 15 staff from the Trust joined Michael Ball to sing a moving rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone in the top of the bill slot at the Royal Variety Performance filmed at Blackpool’s Opera House.

The choir was put together by James Hawkins, Music Producer and founder of the NHS Voices of Care Choir, who earlier this year released the chart topping single with  Michael Ball and Colonel Sir Tom Moore in light of the 100 year-old raising millions of pounds for NHS Charities Together.


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