Free online mental health resource available to everyone on the Fylde Coast

A free mental health resource for people living with depression and other conditions is now available across the whole of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Big White Wall, which is available at, provides a clinically safe and anonymous online community providing peer to peer support, personal assessments and self-help courses for those who need it. […]

Blackpool skin cancer patient helps former school keep sun safe

A local skin cancer patient has given a generous gift to his former school. Brian Watson, 81, helped Clifton Hospital-based Skin Cancer Co-ordinator, Michelle Forsyth provide sun hats for Westminster Primary Academy in Blackpool, by donating £400. Together with skin cancer charity Skcin, of which Michelle is the North West Ambassador, the 400 Legionnaire hats […]

Staff to take part in Blackpool Memory Walk

Staff from the Care of the Older Person department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are taking part in the Memory Walk in Blackpool in September. Ward Managers, Rachel Love (Ward 23) and Gemma Smith (Ward 26), have been actively encouraging staff in the division to take part and they have had a positive response with 15 colleagues […]

Young patient gets the chance to be a scientist for a day

A YOUNG patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital was given the opportunity to be a trainee scientist for the day. Charlie Doughty, 8, from Kirkham, enjoyed a tour of the hospital’s laboratories as part of a project to give young patients an insight into what happens behind the scenes to help their treatment. The scheme is […]

World’s smallest heart pump set to save lives at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Consultants at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have used an innovative device for the first time in Lancashire to perform a lifesaving procedure. The Impella Heart Pump, the world’s smallest heart pump, was purchased by Blue Skies Hospitals Fund for the renowned Cardiac Centre. Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Billal Patel and his colleague Dr Andrew Wiper were instrumental […]

Massive giveaway as part of Sun Safety campaign

A St Annes-based skin cancer specialist has teamed up with a local business for a huge give-away event as part of her latest safety campaign. Michelle Forsyth, a Skin Cancer Care Co-ordinator at Clifton Hospital, is working with opticians, Maximeyez in Cleveleys to give away sun-safe designer sunglasses to children aged between 4 and 11. Michelle […]

Clifton Hospital supervisor retires as local coastguard

A Clifton Hospital supervisor has hung up his lifebuoy after 14 years as a Fylde coast coastguard. Keith Twyford, who has worked at Blackpool Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust for almost 29 years, is now concentrating on spending more time with his family, but will miss his special role. Keith, a Support Services Supervisor, said: “I’ve […]

Screening guides supporting women with learning disabilities

NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned Healthwatch Blackpool as part of a consortium of local Healthwatch known as Healthwatch Together which includes neighbouring local Healthwatch in Blackburn with Darwen, Cumbria and Lancashire. Healthwatch Together undertook a joint project to support potential changes to service delivery in cancer screening programmes amongst women with learning disabilities. Healthwatch […]

Dandy’s blog- issue 4

I’ve been on my woofadays in Suffolk where my 5 cousins live and we’ve had a howling time. The weather was great and I was able to relax in the sun. I just love visiting them and we go running together through the open fields together. They don’t have silly sheep or cows down there […]

Last few days to nominate!

  Just One Moment of your time this week could make a difference to our staff. Outstanding NHS employees are honoured annually at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ Celebrating Success Awards ceremony – and we are asking patients, carers and members of the public to nominate staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty […]