Public invited to free Fylde coast screening of critically acclaimed film

MEMBERS of the public are invited to a free screening of a popular British film based on the life of a sepsis survivor. “Starfish” tells the story of Tom Ray, a young father whose life was changed drastically after developing sepsis and stars Tom Riley as Tom and Joanne Froggatt as his wife Nicola in […]

Blackpool Mental health partnership is a success

A pilot that was introduced to respond to people experiencing mental health crisis between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Ambulance NHS Service Trust (NWAS) and Lancashire Constabulary is proving to be a huge success in providing the most appropriate care, support and treatment to people. The pilot, called Psynergy, was launched last December […]

Health passports issued to Blackpool children to help with consistency in care

Wellbeing passports are being issued to youngsters going through children’s health services to improve their experience of care. The passports were set up by Blackpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, (CAHMS) in partnership with Lancashire Mind, a charity who support mental health improvements and service users across Lancashire. Zoe Roscoe, Assistant Psychologist at Blackpool […]

A Blackpool service set up to support the vulnerable

A service established to assist patient discharge is ready for referrals. Age UK Lancashire Hospital Aftercare Service has been running for nine years, supporting patients living in Fylde in Wyre. The team has expanded and are now able to take a lot more referrals from local hospitals in order to speed up discharges. Team manager, […]

Children’s nurse retires after 40 years’ service

A Blackpool nurse is set to retire after 40 years’ service. Sharon Williamson, 58, from St Annes, started her training at the Blackpool School of Nursing, housed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1979. She said: “I had always wanted to be a nurse like my two aunts who had really successful careers. My father had […]

Blackpool consultant spends day as staff nurse

A Critical Care Consultant has spent a shift as a nurse in order to get a better understanding of their role. Dr Jason Cupitt, who works at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, spent the day on the Intensive Care Unit performing the duties of a staff nurse. He said: “I watched an interesting online talk by Neil […]

DJ Dave Kenny looks back at first Blackpool hospital broadcast 52 years ago

On the 52nd anniversary of the first transmission of Blackpool Hospital Broadcasting Service (BHBS) later known as Radio Victoria, we meet one of the founders of the hospital radio, ‘DJ Dave Kenny’ David Gregson, 73. A British Telecom engineer at the time, Blackpool based David and a couple of friends had heard the hospital radio […]

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 […]