Trust bids farewell to nurse after 44 years of service

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s has bid farewell to one of its valued nurses after 44 years of service. Joy Swarbrick 62, from St Annes works as a practice educator and children’s community outreach sister. She is retiring after starting her career as a student nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1976. Joy said: […]

COVID-19: Advice for people shielding

NEW Government advice has been updated for people who are shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19). The Government has this week relaxed some of the shielding measures to allow those who have been shielding to go out once a day and, if they live alone, to see one person from outside their household. Social distancing must be […]

Huge donation to region’s hospitals from NHS Charities following Colonel Tom’s heroic efforts

Colleagues at NHS hospital trusts across Lancashire and South Cumbria are benefitting from generous donations from NHS Charities Together following heroic fundraising efforts from people like Colonel Tom Moore, who raised almost £33m for the NHS. As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Charities Together, a national membership organisation representing, supporting and championing NHS […]

Sexual health Services offer free home testing kits

BLACKPOOL and Lancashire Sexual Health Services offer free home testing kits to screen for sexually transmitted infections for people of all ages via their service website. The testing kits are available by visiting:  or A short online request form is completed enabling a bespoke testing kit to be tailored towards each individual. The […]

Dan Whiston treats Blackpool staff

BLACKPOOL TV star Dan Whiston said a special thank you to staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital last week. The ice skating star, who also owns the Subway store on Garstang Road in Poulton-le-Fylde provided lunch for staff in the Pre-Operative Assessment Unit. Dan’s sister, Emma, is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, who works in the department. […]

COVID-19: Preparing for elective surgery

During the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic the planned care programme at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was stood down meaning patients coming in for elective surgery had their operations postponed and patients awaiting a date for admission had their cases delayed. This action was essential to keep patients and staff safe and to […]

Retired nurse tells of her COVID-19 battle

SANTO Hill loves working with and for people. She was a general nurse and midwife for more than 40 years and opened a Blackpool B&B when she retired in 2016. In 2017 she also decided to volunteer for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals charity, Blue Skies, working in the hospital shop. She was a fit, healthy, outgoing […]

More than 50 Fylde coast patients recruited to landmark Coronavirus research trial

RESEARCH staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have recruited more than 50 people to take part in a landmark study for COVID-19 patients. The patients have been recruited to the RECOVERY Trial, a large study classed as a national priority clinical trial by Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Chris Whitty. The UK is still lacking proven, […]