World Cancer Day 2023

World Cancer Day call to take up NHS screening invites

People living across Lancashire and South Cumbria have been urged to take up potentially life-saving cancer screenings. The call, from the region’s cancer director, comes just in time for World Cancer Day (4 February) – used to spread the word about the disease and how we can all take steps to prevent it. The latest […]

Chief Executive signs NHS Smokefree Pledge

As part of the Trust’s commitment to helping smokers quit and providing smokefree environments that support them, senior executives at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals  are re-signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge. Chief Executive Trish Armstrong-Child, re-signed the pledge today to demonstrate her responsibility in reducing the health disparities related to smoking in our community and its overall […]

Trust appoints new digital and data lead

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals (BTH) has appointed a new Chief Information Officer in a move that marks a new chapter in the organisation’s ‘digital journey.’  Mark Singleton joins BTH in the role and will be responsible for the Trust’s data and digital systems and teams.  Mark has worked in the NHS for almost 20 years in […]

Blue Skies welcomes singing legend as its new patron

Hospital charity Blue Skies has announced it’s high-profile new patron – singing legend Alfie Boe. The Blackpool-born tenor is best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables and more recently his Vegas shows with Michael Ball. As patron, one of Alfie’s first roles is to support the launch of the charity’s […]

Jeanette’s CPR saves neighbour Eric’s life

A visit to see friends led to a BTH colleague switching into First Responder mode and saving their neighbour’s life. Jeanette Yates, a CPD Project Support Officer at BTH, is a Community First Responder for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in a voluntary capacity. She is also an Ambulance Care Assistant for NWAS Patient Transport […]

Tell us your Blackpool hospitals’ NHS hero

Have you visited your local hospital trust recently and been bowled over by the care from a particular member of staff or team? Blackpool hospitals’ People’s Health Hero Award is your chance to say a big thank you to someone who has gone that extra mile for you or your family during what are extremely […]

Hospital entertainer appeals for new piano

The keyboard lid has come down on hospital pianist Barry Evans at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after the ancient instrument he used to entertain patients tinkled its last tune. Barry, 79, from St Annes, has been playing for patients at Clifton Hospital for 20 years as well as making regular appearances at the Vic. Now he’s […]

Families welcome new children and young people’s learning disabilities team

Families welcome new children and young people’s learning disabilities team Families of children with learning disabilities have a new support from the NHS in Blackpool. A newly established team of healthcare professionals, led by operational manager Cathy Charlton, opened in September. They offer specialist assessment, support, group sessions and advice to children and young people […]

Check in on neighbours, friends or relatives who could be lonely this Christmas

While the festive period is a time of joy and celebration for many, for some it can be filled with loneliness and isolation. People living across Lancashire and South Cumbria have been urged to check in on their neighbours, friends or relatives who may find the season particularly difficult. And for those who are suffering […]