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 […]

Cancer survivor gives hospital Children’s Ward a huge boost

THE family of a brave young cancer survivor has spearheaded a campaign to boost facilities at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Children’s ward. Six-year-old Skye Brierley was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer when she was four years old and received treatment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Manchester Royal and even in the United States. Skye’s […]

Clifton Hospital to host open recruitment event on January 29, 2020

Clifton Hospital, Lytham St Annes,  is set to host a recruitment event for qualified nurses and therapists this month. The award winning hospital is inviting potential staff to tour the hospital, sample some of the patient activities such as Armchair Zumba and Clifton’s Holiday Camp, before being interviewed for the positions across all wards. Clifton […]

Hospital patients on a Hi-De-High as ward turns into holiday camp

A St Annes hospital is turning its patient day room into a holiday camp complete with its own ‘Orangecoat’ entertainer. Clifton’s Holiday Camp, based at Clifton Hospital Lytham St Annes, is a new regular entertainments programme based on activities from Pontins and Butlins by one of their former entertainers. Alma Stewart, a Communications Officer at […]

The right time and plaice for kind donation to hospital ward

A generous donation from local fishmongers was given to a ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to praise hard working staff. Kildavanan Seafoods Limited from Fleetwood wanted to give a donation of £350 to Ward 26 after seeing ward staff complete the Memory Walk in Blackpool in September. Gemma Smith, Ward Manager, said: “The donation was […]

Fylde Coast leadership programme wins regional award

A programme of work designed to help health and social care professionals work better together across the Fylde Coast has won a regional award. The ‘Healthier Fylde Coast 100 Systems Leaders Programme’ topped the ‘we improve the culture’ category at the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) North West awards in Manchester. The programme, which saw […]

OBE for “inspirational’’ Blackpool nurse

AN inspirational nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to nursing.  Sabila Johnson is the Ward Manager of Ward 25 at the hospital and has been honoured for her dedication to the profession. She said: “I am obviously honoured to receive this award but […]

Christmas Fair at Clifton Hospital raises thousands for patient care

CLIFTON Hospital has held yet another successful Christmas Fair. Once again, staff, volunteers and supporters made the hospital a winter wonderland of stalls, games, raffle and tombolas and many of the local community turned up to support. Raffle prizes were donated by generous locals and businesses including Spago, Booths, Stringers,  Gusto Restaurant and Bar and […]