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Fylde coast domestic abuse campaign wins national award

AN INITIATIVE to help victims of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic has won a national award. Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Safeguarding Team won the Patient Safety Improvement category at this year’s Nursing Times Awards 2020, the leading nursing awards in the country. The team, working collaboratively with Lancashire Constabulary and Fylde Coast […]

Norma's retirement

Norma says farewell to nursing after 51 years

A long serving nurse from Blackpool is finally hanging up her uniform after a staggering 51 years. Norma Greenall, 72, from Bispham, is looking forward to a celebratory Caribbean cruise as a little bit of luxury in her retirement. Former Montgomery High student Norma qualified in 1969 at the Blackpool School of Nursing which was […]

Macmillan team

Macmillan Cancer Information staff there to help Fylde coast patients

People living with cancer in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre can still access vital information and support from a dedicated team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service continues to help families affected by the disease during the COVID-19 pandemic with telephone and online support. And anyone attending an appointment in the […]

Residents are urged not to delay contacting their GP about lung cancer symptoms

This Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November 2020). People in Lancashire and South Cumbria are being urged to contact their GP if they have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer. The NHS is committed to providing essential cancer services during the covid-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the outbreak, there was a sharp drop in […]

Tribute to comic legend, Bobby Ball

The Trust has paid tribute to entertainer Bobby Ball who has sadly died. Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kevin McGee, said: “We are saddened to hear about the death of Bobby Ball. “He was an amazing character, a great entertainer and a huge supporter of the Trust, its staff and our […]

Calling all knitters and sewers – can you help?

We would like to say a big thank you for your lovely donations of matching knitted and sewn hearts that are used for patients and their loved ones along with this poem that we also place in a special bag… This little heart is one of two, One is with me, The other is with […]

Eliminating Pressure Ulcers at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Here we are at Eliminating Pressure Ulcer Breakthrough Series Collaborative, Learning Session 2. Ten teams have come together with a commitment to eliminate pressure ulcers for our patients both in hospital and in the community. Associate Director of Quality Improvement, Katharine Goldthorpe, welcomes everyone to the Teams meeting. This is the second learning session in […]

Patient returns to hospital with birthday cake one year on from life-saving care

A holiday maker has returned to thank staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital following a promise she made after a life-threatening incident on her 59th birthday. Last year, Julie Pigott, from St Helens, suffered an unsuspecting heart attack while on holiday in Blackpool. She told cardiac staff that she would return on her 60th birthday with […]

Trust bids farewell to nurse after 44 years of service

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s has bid farewell to one of its valued nurses after 44 years of service. Joy Swarbrick 62, from St Annes works as a practice educator and children’s community outreach sister. She is retiring after starting her career as a student nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1976. Joy said: […]

Caring for stroke patients during Coronavirus crisis

The Acute Stroke and Rehab Unit has made some extensive changes to care for those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic. Clare Fisher, a sister on the unit, said: “I am so proud of the staff and how we have all come together to ensure the patients are well looked after and that their relatives […]