New unit brings shorter wait times for gastro and endoscopy patients

Gastroenterology and endoscopy patients from Blackpool and the Fylde Coast can expect shorter wait times for diagnostic procedures after a new purpose-built unit was opened at Blackpool Sports Centre, on Stanley Park on Monday. The new, Mobile Endoscopy Unit will provide additional capacity to ensure the Trust delivers its increased demand for endoscopy diagnostic procedures […]

Frailty Assessment Area celebrates first year of improving care for older patients

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ care of older patients has celebrated a landmark moment after the Trust’s Frailty Assessment Area marked one year of providing care to those who most need it. Supporting patient care through a multidisciplinary area of care for frail older patients, the area has gone from strength-to-strength as a key part of the […]

Celebrating our Nursing and Maternity Support Workers

This week saw colleagues from across Blackpool Teaching Hospitals celebrate the role of nursing and maternity support workers. First, on Wednesday, 24 November was the third Nursing Support Worker celebration day, followed on Thursday by a day celebrating Maternity Support Workers. Both events – coordinated by the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of […]

Trust’s grounds scoop RHS Gold award

Bernard Pendleton, Chairman of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) North West in Bloom (NWIB) has presented Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Ben Simpson with a certificate confirming the hospital grounds to be RHS Gold standard. Having visited the hospital earlier in the year, Bernard was very impressed with the extensive grounds which Ben and his team maintain. He […]

Moorings Shares In HSJ Success

The Trust’s recent HSJ Patient Safety Award success was Giving Back the Gift of Time – Improving the Last 1000 Days of Life, which won the Best Use of Integrated Care and Partnership Working in Patient Safety Award.  Working with care homes, residents and community services, the Trust took a quality improvement approach to understanding […]

Walking aids amnesty to support patients and the environment

  Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has announced an ‘amnesty’ for people to return unused walking aids that may be refurbished and used to support patients.  The scheme will mean people in the local community who have unused walking frames, elbow crutches or aluminium walking sticks that the Trust has previously issued, can return them during the […]

Emergency Department Recruitment Day

Think you’ve got what it takes to work in the Emergency Department at your local hospital? Blackpool Teaching Hospitals are now recruiting for both Emergency Department Assistants (EDA) and Staff Nurses with interviews taking place on a special ED Recruitment Day at the hospital on Tuesday, 22 November between 9am and 5pm. There’s no experience […]

Physio for children, Blackpool

Occupational Therapy Week

To mark Occupational Therapy (OT) Week, we asked two of our BTH colleagues, Ryan Stephenson and Zowie Pendlebury to describe what being an OT is all about and what they enjoy most about their role. Ryan, a Static Occupational Therapist, was in the Navy where he first observed OTs at work and was inspired to […]