‘Giving something back’ wins Steve volunteer award

Two episodes of bowel surgery inspired Steve Dyson to become a volunteer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and “give something back”. “Volunteering has changed my life for the better,” he said. “I’ve made so many new friends. It’s given me so much confidence. It’s given me a new lease of life really.” Steve’s volunteering as a […]

Volunteer proves route to work for Jorge

Volunteering at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has been the route to a job for Jorge White.  The biology graduate of Lancaster University became a volunteer helper on the haematology unit and A&E after doing work experience in 2019.   “I really enjoyed the environment, talking to the patients, meeting the staff and learning lots of medical […]

Volunteer’s Week – Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the park event launches volunteer’s week at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Volunteers are part of everyday life at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, giving their time to help and support patients, visitors, and staff in many ways. For 12 years the Trust’s CEOs have hosted a special thank you event to coincide with the national Volunteers […]

Life with the NHS is a family affair for the Finches

Irene Finch worked 25 years at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals but like many colleagues three family members are keeping up the tradition of service to the NHS. She started at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as a domestic in 1978 before becoming an auxiliary nurse in the 1980s. Retiring in 2003 Irene, now aged 81, worked on the geriatric […]

Sixties mark era of expansion and modernisation at Vic

The great and the good gathered at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on 29 January 1965 for the grand opening of a new operating theatre and sterile supplies department.  The £132,000 building costs described in the event’s glossy programme and brochure was among the first phase of works to transform the Vic into a district general hospital.  […]

Peter leaves legacy of learning to generation of nurses 

Nursing is very much a family affair for Caroline Costello whose mum and dad met at Blackpool Vic, fell love and made their careers there.  Peter Cardew was the tutor pictured with a class of 1991 at the old hospital nursing school submitted to our NHS75 archive by his former student Andrea Goodey.  “You’ve made […]

My Mercedes helped me walk again – with a little help from the NHS 

Critically ill in hospital, Kieran Morgan’s chances of surviving were “truly worse than terrible” but one thing kept him going.  It was the thought of restoring and getting behind the wheel of his newly bought 1999 Mercedes C-Class saloon.  Kieran, from Poulton-le-Fylde, was receiving treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease when immunosuppressant therapy he […]

Award ‘massive boost’ for children’s speech and language team

The team, which is based across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, took top prize in the Research, Quality and Innovation Award at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Celebrating Success staff awards.   A scarcity of appropriately trained staff as well as the impact of the Covid pandemic meant the team was facing significant challenges providing the right support […]

Day-old NHS saved Marcia’s mum and dad £9 in hospital fees 

Having a baby in the days before the NHS was an expensive business if you had to go to hospital – which is why more than half the children born before 1948 were delivered at home, often by midwives employed by a local authority or nursing association.  Typically, the price of a home delivery was […]

‘There’s never been a day I didn’t want to come to work’

Working for the NHS is a world of opportunities as nurse Robert Ward’s career shows. He qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1987, working at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s psychiatric unit, later known as Parkwood and now demolished. Robert then took advantage of an 18-month post-registration course to become a registered general nurse. Blackpool […]