Please get behind your NHS in coronavirus fight

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals chief, Kevin McGee, has asked people to get behind their NHS in the fight against coronavirus. Mr McGee, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, today praised staff and thanked both patients and the wider public for their support. “Firstly I want to thank all our staff,” he said. “The […]

Outpatient changes at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

To keep patients, visitors and staff safe during the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals are making changes to their Outpatient appointments from Monday, March 23. We aim to convert as much activity as possible to non face-to-face telephone consultations. Janet Barnsley, Director of Operations at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “We will be contacting patients […]

Blackpool A&E celebrates best performances in North West

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has reduced its ambulance handover times thanks to a special collaboration and a change in practices. ‘Every Minute Matters’ is a collaboration between the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) between fourteen North West emergency departments, and Blackpool Victoria Hospital is now in the top three in the North West […]

Guinea pigs pay surprise visit to hospital patient

Two unusual visitors paid a surprise hospital visit to their Blackpool owner, 93-year-old stroke patient Fred Walker. Staff wanted to bring a smile to the former Navy steward who has been on the Stroke Ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital since November. A chance conversation with Trainee Assistant Practitioner, Jenny Day, started nurses thinking about how […]

Bid to help Australian wildlife

A Blackpool radiographer and three of his friends are pounding the streets to raise cash to help animals suffering in the Australian fires. Devon Benton, 23, started a grueling ten mile a day run for ten consecutive days after seeing heartbreaking video footage of koala bears hurt in the fires. “We wanted to do something […]

Chloe is helping to reduce isolation in our communities

AN INSPIRATIONAL student nurse at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is starting the New Year by helping to reduce loneliness. Kind hearted Chloe Doherty has been working with Blackpool Victoria Hospital to set up a series of get-togethers for members of the community, incorporating various activities with important information on health and wellbeing. Chloe […]

Caring staff at hospital help the homeless at Christmas

Ward 24 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are collecting items for Blackpool Food Bank to support the homeless during the Christmas period. The idea came from Ward Manager, Helen Taylor, who wanted to try out a different idea with her team. A Ward Assistant, Mel Young said: “All the staff have been bringing in food, toiletries, […]

Bringing festive fun to patients in Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Being in hospital over Christmas isn’t all that bad… especially if you are treated to lovely presents. A ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is pulling out all the stops to make Christmas a special time for patients and families having to spend their special days in hospital. Gemma Smith, a ward manager at Blackpool Victoria […]

Stopping fractures developing with Blackpool osteoporosis campaign

A campaign to reduce bone fractures has been launched at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. The campaign, known as “Stop at One,” has been set up through the Royal Osteoporosis Society and launched in various hospitals across the country with the aim of reducing the amount of fractures patients have. Ben Black, Musculoskeletal Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at […]

Empowering Blackpool cancer patients with calendar launch

CALENDARS featuring positive images and messages from cancer patients across the Fylde coast have been launched for 2020. The ‘With Cancer I Can’ calendars have been produced by the Macmillan team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and can be purchased for a donation in the Windmill Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The idea for the calendar […]