Trust nurse wins Gazette’s Nurse of the Year Award

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Dementia Champion and Falls Lead Francesca Hall, has scooped a local award. Clinching Nurse of  The Year at the Blackpool Gazette’s Best of Health Awards recently,  Fran is over the moon to win another accolade. She was nominated for her outstanding work to help those living with dementia. She […]

Blackpool cancer consultant scoops top award on eve of retirement

A well respected hospital consultant who is set to retire, has won the title of Doctor of the Year in The Gazette’s Best of Health Awards 2016. Doctor Shabbir Susnerwala said winning the newspaper’s award was the “icing on the cake” after 20 happy and productive years as a leading consultant oncologist at Blackpool Victoria […]

Blackpool hospital staff highlight Diabetes Awareness campaign

Staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took part in a national drive to raise awareness of a condition in people living with diabetes. Diabetes experts from the Trust highlighted a condition known as Hypoglycaemia, or a hypo, which happens when the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes drop too low and they […]

Staff shine brightly in Blackpool newspaper’s Best of Health Awards

Members of Trust staff from were among those recognised for excellence in a leading newspaper’s annual health awards. Exceptional individuals and teams were honoured in The Gazette’s Best of Health Awards at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool on September 29. Chantelle McGovern, winner of the Midwife of the Year category, earned her award for helping […]

Cardiac team completes challenging coast to coast charity cycle ride

A team of cyclists from Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Cardiothoracic department has completed the tougher-than-expected challenge of a coast to coast bike ride in the name of charity. Led by surgeons Nidal Bittar and Andrew Duncan, the team of five and two support drivers set off from Whitehaven on the west coast a little later than […]

New Blackpool Victoria Hospital outpatients department officially opened

Patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are benefiting from a new £408,000 outpatients area after it was officially opened. The new development was given the green light after Blue Skies Hospitals Fund allocated £200,000 to the project, made possible thanks to generous donations to the Trust charity and was opened on Wednesday, September 28, by the […]

Clifton Hospital’s new Carers’ Café makes a refreshing change

Carers, patients and staff at Clifton Hospital have welcomed a new café set up to provide support and companionship. Hospital staff launched the new Carers’ Café in Lytham on Tuesday, September 27, and carers of people living with dementia gave it the seal of approval. Peter Lyttle from St Annes, who has vascular dementia, said […]

Blackpool clinician honoured

A BLACKPOOL therapist has scooped a major award for her use of technology to improve patient care and outcomes. Speech and Language Therapist, Veronica Southern, has been honoured by the North West Skills Development Network for her outstanding work in cutting across traditional boundaries with the use of IT leading to better patient care, better […]

Medical students Daniel James and Mariam Gaddah with Cardiothoracic Consultant, Mr Antony Walker, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Students get unique opportunity to gain heart surgery skills

An innovative scheme which gives medical students experience of heart surgery early in their training has been praised. The Lancashire Cardiac Centre, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, is one of the first such specialist centres in Britain to offer the experience to medical students in an effort to help them gain valuable experience in cardiothoracic […]

Patient Tracker makes hospital stays safer

A new interactive Patient Tracker system is making hospital stays safer for patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The system, which has been developed in-house by a team of both clinical and non-clinical staff, will help reduce potential errors and can get patients out of hospital quicker because it ensures staff can communicate more effectively. “In […]