Adult autistic group bid to win Blackpool flower competition

A Blackpool group is empowering people with autism to join together and support one another in daily life. The group meet three times a week at the Blackpool Centre for Independent Living in an outdoor shed which they have made their own. With 70% of adults with autism having a diagnosis of anxiety or depression, […]

Fylde Coast NHS: ‘It’s TIME to tackle sepsis

Doctors and other clinicians across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre have teamed up to tackle sepsis – one of the UK’s biggest killers. Sepsis causes 52,000 deaths every year, with a quarter of a million people being diagnosed with the illness in 2017. A quarter of all survivors will have some life-changing effects from having sepsis. […]

Fylde coast residents urged to join organ donation register

NHS Staff on the Fylde coast are doing their bit to promote the benefits of organ donation. During Organ Donation Week, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant. Around 130 […]

Book pledge a novel idea for Children’s Ward

Children at Blackpool Victoria Hospital will have new pages to turn after the Children’s Ward was gifted over £250 worth of books. Owner of Mrs G and the Reading Tepee Bookshop, Leanne Garrett, 32, sparked the idea for a community book pledge when her little girl Ophelia spent some time at the hospitals A&E Department. […]

Could you join Blackpool’s Cancer Choir?

A choir has been set up for people who have been affected by cancer living on the Fylde coast. Blackpool Cancer Choir was developed by the Macmillan team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, following an idea to engage with the community and with people who care for someone, are a relative, or a previous or present […]

Successful system helps end of life patients

AN electronic system which helps support patients through their final years is a huge success. The End of Life team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has established a system up known as Electronic Palliative Care Coordination System Records, (EPaCCs), to allow the sharing of patient records between GPs, patients and staff at Blackpool Victoria […]

Public invited to free Fylde coast screening of critically acclaimed film

MEMBERS of the public are invited to a free screening of a popular British film based on the life of a sepsis survivor. “Starfish” tells the story of Tom Ray, a young father whose life was changed drastically after developing sepsis and stars Tom Riley as Tom and Joanne Froggatt as his wife Nicola in […]

Health passports issued to Blackpool children to help with consistency in care

Wellbeing passports are being issued to youngsters going through children’s health services to improve their experience of care. The passports were set up by Blackpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, (CAHMS) in partnership with Lancashire Mind, a charity who support mental health improvements and service users across Lancashire. Zoe Roscoe, Assistant Psychologist at Blackpool […]

A Blackpool service set up to support the vulnerable

A service established to assist patient discharge is ready for referrals. Age UK Lancashire Hospital Aftercare Service has been running for nine years, supporting patients living in Fylde in Wyre. The team has expanded and are now able to take a lot more referrals from local hospitals in order to speed up discharges. Team manager, […]

Children’s nurse retires after 40 years’ service

A Blackpool nurse is set to retire after 40 years’ service. Sharon Williamson, 58, from St Annes, started her training at the Blackpool School of Nursing, housed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1979. She said: “I had always wanted to be a nurse like my two aunts who had really successful careers. My father had […]