Blackpool man praises NHS staff after life threatening tumour is removed

A BLACKPOOL man has praised local NHS staff after having a life-threatening tumour removed. Steven Hackwood, a 57-year-old civil servant, was shocked when he was found to have the tumour last year. He had no symptoms and only went to the doctors after believing he had suffered a minor injury while exercising. He said: “I […]

Fylde coast NHS teams get mark of quality

THE Microbiology and Virology departments at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been praised after collecting a national mark of quality. The teams, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, have gained and maintained accreditation to internationally recognised standard ISO 15189  following a visit from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Staff were praised for their […]

Chloe is helping to reduce isolation in our communities

AN INSPIRATIONAL student nurse at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is starting the New Year by helping to reduce loneliness. Kind hearted Chloe Doherty has been working with Blackpool Victoria Hospital to set up a series of get-togethers for members of the community, incorporating various activities with important information on health and wellbeing. Chloe […]

NHS targets more male Fylde coast blood donors

There is a vital need for young men across the Fylde coast to start donating blood because of a serious gender imbalance in new donors nationally. During 2019, new statistics show that for every 100 women who started giving blood, only 70 men did the same. Only 41% of new donors were men last year. […]

New Deputy Medical Director for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

DR Grahame Goode has been appointed as the Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Deputy Medical Director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Goode will support the Trust’s new Medical Director, Dr Jim Gardner and will also take on the new role of Director of Clinical Effectiveness. Grahame trained in Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester […]

Cancer survivor gives hospital Children’s Ward a huge boost

THE family of a brave young cancer survivor has spearheaded a campaign to boost facilities at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Children’s ward. Six-year-old Skye Brierley was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer when she was four years old and received treatment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Manchester Royal and even in the United States. Skye’s […]

Clifton Hospital to host open recruitment event on January 29, 2020

Clifton Hospital, Lytham St Annes,  is set to host a recruitment event for qualified nurses and therapists this month. The award winning hospital is inviting potential staff to tour the hospital, sample some of the patient activities such as Armchair Zumba and Clifton’s Holiday Camp, before being interviewed for the positions across all wards. Clifton […]

Hospital patients on a Hi-De-High as ward turns into holiday camp

A St Annes hospital is turning its patient day room into a holiday camp complete with its own ‘Orangecoat’ entertainer. Clifton’s Holiday Camp, based at Clifton Hospital Lytham St Annes, is a new regular entertainments programme based on activities from Pontins and Butlins by one of their former entertainers. Alma Stewart, a Communications Officer at […]

The right time and plaice for kind donation to hospital ward

A generous donation from local fishmongers was given to a ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to praise hard working staff. Kildavanan Seafoods Limited from Fleetwood wanted to give a donation of £350 to Ward 26 after seeing ward staff complete the Memory Walk in Blackpool in September. Gemma Smith, Ward Manager, said: “The donation was […]

Children visit the Vic to learn about mercy

PUPILS from a Blackpool primary school put a smile on patients’ faces when they visited Blackpool Victoria Hospital to learn how NHS staff care for patients. The year two class from Christ the King Catholic Academy are learning about mercy at school and part of their Religious Education curriculum involves learning about healing and people […]