Lancashire Cardiac Centre Celebrates 1000th TAVI

Pioneering teams at Blackpool Teaching Hospital’s cardiac centre of excellence are celebrating a significant milestone after performing their 1000th TAVI procedure. Cardiologists at Lancashire Cardiac Centre began performing TAVI (Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation) procedures in 2008 as an alternative to open heart surgery. Prior to 2008 most heart valve procedures involved a three-night stay in […]

Blackpool Tower turns pink for Organ Donation Week

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals is using light to help save lives by turning the Blackpool Tower pink in support of Organ Donation Week. Councils, business, hospitals and community groups around the country are turning their buildings pink, which is the colour of the country’s ‘Yes I Donate’ organ donation campaign, to inspire people to tell their […]

Transfer Of Care Hub: One Year On

As Blackpool Teaching Hospitals continues to tackle the complexities and challenges of discharging patients in a safe and timely manner, one team has been at the heart of solving that problem, and this month they celebrated their first anniversary at the Trust. The Transfer of Care Hub is a multi-disciplinary team of Health and Social […]

ODP apprentices photographed as a group

ODPs first in Trust to complete Apprenticeship Programme

Kerry Johnston, Richard Taylor and Sam Martin were the first Apprentices in the Trust to start the new Apprenticeship route into the ODP profession. 3 years on, they are now the first cohort of any Apprenticeship group within the Trust to complete their programme. The Operating Department Practitioner or ODP plays a pivotal role in […]

Nurses with the RITA system

How RITA is bringing a smile to patients’ faces

New therapy technology is making a difference to patients’ lives at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.   RITA, Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities, is a system of easy-to-use, interactive touchscreens. It is designed for therapeutic applications such as in dementia and care of the elderly as it reduces anxiety and agitation. There is a TV-based system for group use […]

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals ‘eco-activist in residence’

In support of its recently-launched Green Plan, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed an eco-activist in residence, Maya Lindley, to work with local young people, community groups and the Trust’s own Green Champions.   Maya, aged 18 from Blackpool, will spend time working with colleagues across the Trust including its Green Champions – colleagues […]

Mike and Keri’s story

On a day that should be the most special and memorable, Keri and Mike went through what no parent ever wants to imagine, on 16 June 2021, will be a day that is forever etched on their hearts. After deciding to have a child together, the couple were devastated when Keri miscarried in the first […]

Bank Holiday Monday at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

The Trust is focused on preparations for the Bank Holiday on Monday and aims to continue with as much urgent clinical activity as possible for our patients who are scheduled to come in, whilst also supporting as many colleagues as possible to take part in this significant national event in our history and pay their […]


Blackpool Teaching Hospitals patients to benefit from new follow-up system

A new system is being trialed with outpatients at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals allowing them to have more control over when they have follow-up appointments. The system is called Patient Initiated Follow-Ups (PIFU). After a hospital appointment, it is often necessary to arrange a follow-up appointment for ongoing care. Traditionally these appointment are offered at routine […]