Patients enjoy “horsing around’’ at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

THERE were miles of smiles at Blackpool Victoria Hospital today as patients got to meet some special visitors. Three American miniature pets as therapy horses visited the wards at the hospital to interact with patients on a wide range of wards. This was the latest visit from the always popular horses owned by KL Pony […]

Blackpool students given insight into NHS careers

SIXTH form students have been given the opportunity to learn about careers their local hospital could offer them. Staff from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust attended a recruitment event at Blackpool Sixth Form College to highlight the varied clinical roles on offer in the community. Sarah Critchley, Clinical Improvement Lead at the Trust, said: […]

Anchorsholme couple celebrate 30 years as hospital volunteers

In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, Coronation Street’s Alan Bradley was killed by a Blackpool tram and Cliff Chivers started volunteering at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Cliff’s wife Betty, 86,  also volunteered  two years later and Cliff, 89. joined a chaplaincy service as part of a team of four Church of England ‘readers.’ The pair, who […]

Thornton miracle baby still growing strong

The Neonatal Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has pulled out all the stops once more to make Mother’s Day special to all mums spending their special day in hospital. The unit cares after premature babies, unwell new-born babies and their families to ensure they receive the best possible care. Two year ago Thornton mum, Beth […]

Blackpool Hospital employee wins regional award

A Blackpool nurse has been honoured for her enthusiasm and passion for helping vulnerable patients. Lianne Harrison, Practice Development Sister, has won the Sarah Brookfield Award from the Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network for her quality improvement work. Lianne works on the Intensive Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and has been awarded […]

Fast, safe and effective hospital discharges

Patients are benefiting from a safer and faster discharge system being piloted by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. Home First is a fully supported discharge method which is getting people the care they need within the community while freeing up bed spaces and reducing readmissions. Occupational therapist and physiotherapy manager, Charlotte Stubbs, explained: “Home First is a […]

New cardiac treatment gives St Annes grandad a life without fear

A 78-year-old grandad has told how he woke up in Blackpool Victoria Hospital with a massive cloud of fear lifted from his shoulders. Former hotelier, Michael Phillips, from St Annes, said he worried that his heart condition could cause a major stroke at any time. But this week he became the first patient at the hospital’s […]

Dream holiday turns into tragedy for Lytham St Annes couple

It should have been the trip of a lifetime for Lytham St Annes couple, Paul and Maria Mahon. The couple had taken very early retirement, their house had been sold, possessions put in storage and their cars left at an auction house. Paul and Maria, both in their early 50s, had been training for their […]

Sepsis deaths halved at Blackpool hospital

The number of sepsis deaths at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been halved through innovative changes to treatment methods. Following a year of intensive work, the death rate from the disease has been dramatically reduced through major changes to diagnosis and treatment. In 2014 the hospital’s sepsis mortality rate was the third worst in the country […]

New vacancy: IRIS Advocate Educator

IRIS Advocate Educator     £25,870 PA                             37.5 hours per week (flexible work pattern to include evenings and weekend)) In partnership with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and IRISi interventions Fylde Coast Women’s Aid are pleased to advertise this exciting new post. The Advocate Educator will support and provide on-going training for health professionals in […]