Blue Skies welcomes singing legend as its new patron

Hospital charity Blue Skies has announced it’s high-profile new patron – singing legend Alfie Boe. The Blackpool-born tenor is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables and more recently his Vegas shows with Michael Ball. As patron, one of Alfie’s first roles is to support the launch of the charity’s […]

Jeanette’s CPR saves neighbour Eric’s life

A visit to see friends led to a BTH colleague switching into First Responder mode and saving their neighbour’s life. Jeanette Yates, a CPD Project Support Officer at BTH, is a Community First Responder for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in a voluntary capacity. She is also an Ambulance Care Assistant for NWAS Patient Transport […]

Tell us your Blackpool hospitals’ NHS hero

Have you visited your local hospital trust recently and been bowled over by the care from a particular member of staff or team? Blackpool hospitals’ People’s Health Hero Award is your chance to say a big thank you to someone who has gone that extra mile for you or your family during what are extremely […]

Hospital entertainer appeals for new piano

The keyboard lid has come down on hospital pianist Barry Evans at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after the ancient instrument he used to entertain patients tinkled its last tune. Barry, 79, from St Annes, has been playing for patients at Clifton Hospital for 20 years as well as making regular appearances at the Vic. Now he’s […]

Families welcome new children and young people’s learning disabilities team

Families welcome new children and young people’s learning disabilities team Families of children with learning disabilities have a new support from the NHS in Blackpool. A newly established team of healthcare professionals, led by operational manager Cathy Charlton, opened in September. They offer specialist assessment, support, group sessions and advice to children and young people […]

Check in on neighbours, friends or relatives who could be lonely this Christmas

While the festive period is a time of joy and celebration for many, for some it can be filled with loneliness and isolation. People living across Lancashire and South Cumbria have been urged to check in on their neighbours, friends or relatives who may find the season particularly difficult. And for those who are suffering […]

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Dermatology’s New Skin Cancer Service leads the way in North West

A skin cancer service offered by Clifton Hospital is leading the way in the region – increasing the number of patients who can be seen and reducing appointment cancellations. The Teledermatology service, running full time at the hospital since 2021, has been a huge success and following a recent visit by the NHS England Cancer […]

Young ill woman with tissue sitting on lounge at home

Flu and how to treat it

Flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs and there’s more of it about this year. At first, flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. But while colds usually develop slowly, flu tends to come on suddenly – and while a cold can be […]

Making Christmas magical at the Trust

With a few days to go before Christmas, Blackpool Victoria Hospital is looking extremely festive.  There are decorations throughout the mezzanine level of the main entrance, numerous Christmas trees in the wards and clinical areas and even an enchanted forest display in the main reception. With its Winter Wonderland theme, you can spot owls, deer […]