Grieving parents help to raise funds for special suite

Parents who have experienced baby loss have given a warm welcome to Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s newly refurbished Forget-Me-Not Suite. Charity workers, parents and members of staff described the refurbished suite as “fabulous”, “homely” and “very comfortable” at a special event at the hospital  on Friday, April 29. The Forget-Me-Not room in the Delivery Suite of […]

Pathology staff lose their hair for charity – video

Members of the Pathology department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital had a hair-raising experience for charity. Andrew Brown, Mark Wrigley, Daniel Brandwood, Jacob Castle, Debbie Castle and Jack Morrow all lost their locks on Friday, April 29, raising an impressive£1,350 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The colleagues were also filmed and photographed during the event. […]

Hospital roles change for 48 hours

There was something of a new look to clinical areas around Blackpool Victoria Hospital last week. To ensure patient safety during the junior doctors’ withdrawal of labour, staff with a registered clinical qualification provided a workforce pool to support wards and departments on April 26 and 27. And this meant office based nursing staff donning […]

Patients say take simple test and beat bowel cancer

Survivors of bowel cancer are urging people to take a simple test to rule out the disease. April is national Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and members of a support group at Blackpool Victoria Hospital say acting quickly improves people’s chances of survival. Nicola Seymour, one of the founding members of the Phoenix Bowel Cancer Support […]

PATIENT STATEMENT – A&E advice for patients

Even though the junior doctors’ strike ends at 5pm tonight, members of the public are urged to think carefully about their healthcare needs and ask themselves if A&E is really the right place to receive care for their needs. Operations Director for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Pat Oliver, warned: “Our experience during recent […]

Hospital charity secures supermarket support

Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been selected by Asda Blackpool as one of its three charities of the month. From now and throughout May, shoppers at the store on Cherry Tree Road can ask at the till for their green tokens, and select one of three […]

Get involved with the future of local health services

Blackpool residents are being invited to find out more about plans to transform local healthcare and have their say on future services. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Blackpool Council are joining forces to stage three events specifically for people from Blackpool to talk about local services. It […]

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Patient statement regarding junior doctors’ strike action

A number of junior doctors are expected to stage a fifth period of industrial action affecting the period from 8am on Tuesday, April 26, to 8am on Thursday, April 28. This proposed industrial action is significantly different from earlier periods of action and will result in the full withdrawal of full labour, including emergency care. Emergency […]

District nurses raise charity funds through Born Survivor challenge

Ten district nurses and therapists have raised £1,180 for dementia research by completing a gruelling fitness challenge. The Bay District Nurses team members, who work for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, tackled the eight-mile Born Survivor event at Lowther Castle near Penrith on April 9 in aid of Defying Dementia. Based at the Queen […]

Butterflies help Blackpool patients living with dementia

Butterflies are helping Blackpool nurses to give compassionate care to patients living with dementia. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust uses the butterfly symbol to identify a patient with either dementia or confusion so that all staff can support and treat that patient appropriately. The national Butterfly Scheme provides a specific system of care for […]