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 […]

Blackpool physios praised for innovation

The Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy paid a visit to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and praised the innovative practice. Karen Middleton, Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said how impressed she was by some best practice, including the Lung Ultrasound advancements for patients. Karen said: “This has been a highly successful […]

Well-loved Fylde coast doctor reaches milestone anniversary

A well-loved Fylde coast doctor has celebrated a milestone anniversary in delivering hospital care. Dr Maung Maung Latt has worked at Clifton Hospital, St Annes, for 25 years and the staff held a party to celebrate. He said: “The staff had to keep the party a secret because I don’t like a fuss, but I […]

Blackpool Emergency Department introduces disability friendly scheme

THE Emergency Department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has introduced a new idea to support and identify patients with learning disabilities. The new scheme is called Disability Daisy and the idea is for patients who have learning difficulties to feel comfortable knowing their additional needs are being recognised and taken care of. Sophie Jones, an Emergency […]

Blackpool Nurse Consultant gains Queen’s Nurse award

A Blackpool community Nurse Consultant has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse. Anne Lloyd, who works in the Adult Community Services and Long Term Conditions Division at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded the honour the by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) in a recent ceremony in London. […]

Celebrating Success Awards – Nominations now open!

  Just One Moment of your time could make a difference to our staff. Outstanding NHS employees are honoured annually at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ Celebrating Success Awards ceremony – and we are asking patients, carers and members of the public to nominate staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care […]

Important mental health message from Wyre pupils

YOUNG people in Wyre have come together to raise awareness of mental health in the area’s schools. Chris Smith from youth group URPotential has worked with young people in an effort to improve mental health care and support for pupils in Wyre schools. He explained: “URPotential work with many projects across Wyre, Blackpool and Fylde […]

Blackpool healthcare worker proves anyone can be a lifesaver

A Blackpool radiology worker became a real life NHS hero when she saved the life of a patient who had a cardiac arrest. Sharon Parsons, a part time Radiology Support Worker at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, found herself in a medical emergency and had to perform CPR compressions to a patient who had become unconscious during […]

Extreme hike to raise cash for Blackpool cancer team

There is little nicer than a stroll around the Lake District on a summer’s day. But Blackpool finance assistant, Helen Willis, is taking a pleasant walk to extremes by competing in a 26-mile charity hike around Ullswater to raise funds for cancer. Mum-of-two, Helen, along with her husband, brother, sister-in-law and nephew, plan to raise […]