Dermatology team members

Dermatology’s New Skin Cancer Service leads the way in North West

A skin cancer service offered by Clifton Hospital is leading the way in the region – increasing the number of patients who can be seen and reducing appointment cancellations. The Teledermatology service, running full time at the hospital since 2021, has been a huge success and following a recent visit by the NHS England Cancer […]

Young ill woman with tissue sitting on lounge at home

Flu and how to treat it

Flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs and there’s more of it about this year. At first, flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. But while colds usually develop slowly, flu tends to come on suddenly – and while a cold can be […]

Making Christmas magical at the Trust

With a few days to go before Christmas, Blackpool Victoria Hospital is looking extremely festive.  There are decorations throughout the mezzanine level of the main entrance, numerous Christmas trees in the wards and clinical areas and even an enchanted forest display in the main reception. With its Winter Wonderland theme, you can spot owls, deer […]

Santa with Danny's family at Christmas

Dawn’s son inspires penning of book and song

Nineteen years parenting an autistic son has inspired Dawn Mitchell to write a children’s Christmas book. Written with her musician husband Tony, Danny and the Christmas Light is an adventure story which they hope will be recognisable to other parents with autistic children. Dawn, who is Senior Supervisor for Portering at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, said: […]

Sleeping Beauty cast brought panto fun to the children’s ward this December

The magic of Christmas came to the children’s ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital this December with a flying visit from some of the Sleeping Beauty pantomime cast! Top Panto and stand-up comedy star Steve Royle led the way as the talented troupe brought festive fun, laughter and smiles all round! Two-year-old ward patient Kaya and […]

What to do if you suspect a child has scarlet fever or Strep A infection

  Many of us will experience sore throats, colds and coughs over winter which usually go away without needing any special treatment or medicines. Among these is Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection which can cause a sore and scratchy throat also known as “strep throat”, scarlet fever, or skin infections such as impetigo. Most cases […]

New Fleetwood community diagnostic centre to offer life-saving diagnostic checks

A new ‘one-stop shop’, offering NHS diagnostic tests, scans and checks closer to home is to be opened in Fleetwood next year. The community diagnostic centre (CDC) will be based at Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre in Dock Street. It will provide multiple tests away from a hospital site making appointments more convenient for patients, […]

Ground-breaking remote monitoring tech for region’s cardiac patients

Patients awaiting cardiac surgery at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals have been given additional peace of mind thanks to a remote monitoring technology solution which gives them a direct link to a team of clinicians, while at the same time allowing them to get on with their lives. Teams at Blackpool Teaching hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, FCMS […]