Health chiefs issue warning as childhood respiratory infections rise ahead of winter

Health chiefs in England are encouraging parents to be aware of the signs of respiratory illnesses in young children, as data from Public Health England (PHE) shows cases are starting to rise in parts of the country. Respiratory illnesses, including colds and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are very common in young children and we see […]

Electrical fault in the Maternity Unit

A small electrical fault was identified in the Maternity Unit at Blackpool Victoria yesterday (Wednesday). The fault was quickly discovered by the ward team and assessed by colleagues from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. After a short interlude, all services were resumed. This minor incident also affected some phone lines for a short period of […]

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Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre patients benefit from pioneering Covid treatment

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre patients suffering from the effects of Long Covid are benefiting from a pioneering treatment offered by the English National Opera.  Patients can develop Post Covid Syndrome, commonly known as Long Covid. Although most recover, some people may experience longer-term effects including a range of symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, a cough […]

BTH physio team members will present to a national audience

BTH physio team to share knowledge on the national stage

A team of five Trust physiotherapists have been chosen to share details of their work at a major national event, with two being chosen to deliver a presentation. The Physiotherapy UK virtual conference is the leading event in its field, with a range of professionals attending from across the UK. This year the event will […]

Trish Armstrong Child, announced as Chief Exec of BTH

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals appoints Chief Executive

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTH) has today announced the appointment of Trish Armstrong Child as Chief Executive.  The news comes after Chief Executive Kevin McGee, whose role was a joint appointment with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), agreed a move to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Chairman of BTH Steve Fogg […]

A robot cleaner at work at BTH

‘Robot’ joins cleaning team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

A high-tech new cleaning ‘robot’ has joined the team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust has partnered with its cleaning and support services provider, Medirest, to introduce the robot, which replaces a more traditional ‘floor scrubber’ machine. Medirest worked with cleaning innovation specialist, Killis, to develop the technology which is ideally suited […]

Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We Are An Anti-Racist Organisation

The Trust is an anti-racist organisation. We will not and do not tolerate racism.  As we have seen this week, simply being against racism is no longer enough. If we see something, we must actively say something. If you face abuse, do not accept it. If you see someone else being abused, do not ignore […]

Dr Kearns in the Emergency Department listens to the new audio system

New A&E audio system helps patients choose the right service

Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Emergency Department (A&E) has adopted a new audio system to ensure patients are in the right place.   The Audiebant system is pre-programmed to play various messages at regular intervals and includes a regular message to remind patients that the Emergency Department (ED) is for life-threatening and emergency conditions only.  Head of Department […]

Going The Extra Mile

Going The Extra Mile: award-winning colleagues who support and inspire

This week’s group of Going the Extra Mile Award winners features staff from across the Trust. Victoria Winder, who works in Neonatal Outreach at the Neonatal Unit, was nominated by a colleague who said Victoria has gone above and beyond in the last 12 months: “She always puts 100 per cent in and goes way […]

Message from the Queen

A message from the Queen as NHS chief hails ‘unprecedented’ honour for staff

Sir Simon Stevens today hailed the “skill and compassion and the fortitude” of health service staff as the NHS was awarded the George Cross for 73 years dedicated service and the response to COVID by Her Majesty the Queen. Welcoming the “unprecedented” honour, bestowed collectively for only the third time, Sir Simon said that the […]