New transport for Home First service

The Transfer of Care Hub at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has had an exciting development this week as its Home First service has had the opportunity to trial a dedicated transport ambulance to support the  Home First patients after a hospital admission. Home First is a joint Health and Social Care initiative that allows patients to […]

Taekwondo champ praise for Long Covid service

Dianne Russell a European taekwondo champion from the Fylde Coast, has spoken about how the Long Covid Service at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has helped her overcome the worst of the debilitating illness. In this month’s Patient Story, Dianne, who is a Martial Arts Instructor in Taekwondo, and a current European Champion, European Silver Medallist and […]

Trust to host virtual Snowdrop Service in conjunction with Donna’s Dream House

The Trust will be hosting a virtual Snowdrop Service on 26 February at 1pm via Zoom. This being led by Michelle Boland, the Trust’s Paediatric Bereavement Support Nurse. The service is aimed at anyone who has experienced the death of a child. The event will feature varied contributions including poems and music. The Snowdrop Service […]

ALERT – storm damage close to Blackpool Victoria Hospital

We have received a report that there is a fallen tree on East Park Drive (Oxford Square to St Walburgas Road).  It is currently across the highway so may cause some traffic congestion in the area. We believe council teams are on their way to respond to the issue. Please also note that the BVH […]

We would like to hear your views about video consultations in outpatient services

As part of the Trust’s response to COVID-19, we have seen a significant rise in the use of virtual patient appointments / consultations taking place, either by telephone or video. We would like to hear your views about video consultations in outpatient services.  Please complete this short survey and give us your feedback about the […]

“Cervical screening saves lives” says national campaign

Today the Department of Health and Social Care, together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, are launching a Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign, to highlight the benefits of cervical screening and remind people that that it can help stop cancer before it starts. The campaign encourages those eligible for screening – women […]

BTH haematology consultant receives OBE honour

A haematology consultant at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has been awarded one of the country’s highest honours after being made an OBE for services to Blood Transfusion and Patient Care. Dr Sharran Grey, Haematology Consultant Clinical Scientist in the Lancashire Haematology Centre was honoured in 2021 New Year’s honours list but didn’t actually receive the OBE […]

New NHS campaign launches to support survivors of sexual assault and abuse

The NHS has this week launched a new campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) – specialist NHS services that provide a safe space and dedicated care for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused. The campaign aims to highlight these vital NHS support services, with new data of over […]

NHS publishes electives recovery plan to boost capacity and give power to patients

The NHS and government have today set out a blueprint to address backlogs built up during the Covid pandemic and tackle long waits for care with a massive expansion in capacity for tests, checks and treatments. NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard and Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announced that the health service will […]

Esther Steel

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals appoints new Director

Esther Steel has joined Blackpool Teaching Hospitals as the organisation’s new Director of Corporate Governance. Esther joins from a similar role at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and will be part of the Trust’s Executive Team. She will report to the Trust’s Chair and Chief Executive and work closely with its Board and Council of Governors. […]