World Patient Safety Day

A focus on World Patient Safety Day

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals is marking World Patient Safety Day on Friday, 17 September. This year’s World Patient Safety Day is dedicated to the need to prioritise and address safety in maternal and newborn care, particularly around the time of childbirth, when most harm occurs. This is especially important in the context of disruption of health […]

BTH's Jackie Brunton with Sue Ayrton

‘Inspirational’ Jackie in running for Nurse of the Year award

Blackpool Teaching Hospital’s Jackie Brunton has been shortlisted for a major national award recognising the ‘best of their profession.’  Jackie, the Trust’s Lead Nurse for End of Life and Bereavement Care, is one of just three people to have been shortlisted for the Who Cares Wins awards Nurse of the Year category. The winner will be […]

Implementing Same Day Emergency Care

Under the NHS Long Term Plan, all hospitals with a Type 1 Emergency Department like Blackpool Victoria Hospital, will provide Same Day Emergency Care for medical and surgical services for a minimum of 12 hours a day, seven days a week, ideally operating during peak demand times. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will meet […]

Ex-Premier League footballer urges people to ‘keep talking’ to reduce suicide

Former Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle is making an emotional appeal for people to ‘keep talking’ in a bid to stop men from taking their own lives. The 41-year-old is supporting the latest phase of Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership’s Let’s Keep Talking campaign which is being launched today – World Suicide […]

‘A small act can save a life’ on World Suicide Prevention Day

‘Let’s Keep Talking’ is the key message as World Suicide Prevention Day this year focuses on raising awareness on suicide, in particular the devastating statistics around male suicide. Men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women, and suicide is the biggest killer of men under 49, but sadly 67 per […]

Volunteers picnic in the park

Volunteers take a picnic in the park

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ army of dedicated volunteers may have been out of action due to the recent hospital restrictions, however that didn’t stop the Trust celebrating their contribution by giving them a picnic in the park this week. Thanks to a donation by the hospital’s Blue Skies charity, the volunteers were treated to specially prepared […]

Dr James Lay has won a Going The Extra Mile Award

Duo win Trust’s Going the Extra Mile award

This week two colleagues at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals are celebrating winning the Trust’s Going the Extra Mile awards. Mac Comedes was nominated for two awards in recent weeks. Mac was an adaption nurse and now a staff nurse on Ward C. Mac is described by his colleagues as an “amazing staff nurse who works well […]

BTH's Vanya Fidling has retired after more than 30 years

Farewell to Vanya after 34 years with BTH

Recently we said a sad farewell to a member of pharmacy staff who has been with the Trust for 34 years. Vanya Fidling, Assistant Director of Pharmacy, joined the department in 1987 from a short spell at North Staffordshire Hospital and went on to become the Medicine Information, Education and Training Manager before taking the […]

David Kay's charity challenge

World record charity challenge for BTH’s David Kay

A member of staff at BTH bounced his way to a unique world record recently. David Kay spent a gruelling 17 hours making his way from Fleetwood to Lytham on a space hopper, all in the name of charity. And as well as raising vital funds David wrote his way into the Guinness Book of […]

Goodbye Gail!

Goodbye to Gail after 30 years

A Ward Manager at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is taking early retirement this week after more than 30 years in the NHS. In an emotional farewell, Gail Bewick, said that she was leaving the Trust ‘kicking and screaming’ but that her heart will always be with the hospital which has played such a significant role in […]