Donna Hargreaves, Practice Development Sister at Clifton Hospital

First Practice Development Sister supports Clifton staff

Clifton Hospital has welcomed a new member to the team who will be supporting staff training across the Lytham St Annes site. Donna Hargreaves, Clifton’s first Practice Development (PD) Nurse, is now on hand to provide the same quality training and education opportunities as colleagues across Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Donna has been […]

How Speech and Language therapists are helping Covid patients

PATIENTS recovering from Covid are being helped by a small group of specialist therapists at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Ella Vickers, a Speech and Language therapist in the Trust’s Speech and Language Therapy team, is helping Intensive Care patients, including those with Covid-19, to be able to swallow food and drink once they […]

Michael Smytheman in the ED department

Off-duty Emergency Department ‘hero’ saves vulnerable patient

An off duty healthcare worker from Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been hailed a hero for helping a vulnerable member of the public avoid potentially fatal harm. Michael Smytheman, 39, an Emergency Department Assistant at the Vic, recognised a woman standing in the middle of a busy road, in obvious distress and immediately stepped in to […]

Advertisement: Chair – Council of Governors and Board of Directors

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chair – Council of Governors and Board of Directors Location: Blackpool, Lancashire Time Commitment: average 3 days per week (part-time) Remuneration: from £45,000 to £51,400 p.a. Term of Office: 3 years, subject to satisfactory appraisal. A second three-year term can be considered. Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides […]

Cash boost for Emergency Care in Blackpool

Emergency care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has received a £2,785,000 boost from the Government. Welcoming the new funding, Director of Operations at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Berenice Groves, said the cash would support work being done to create an Emergency Village and new Critical Care programme to develop a world class service for […]

Patient’s zest for life inspires medics

Peggy Gair is 91 next month and she’s certainly not about to let a global pandemic or a faulty heart valve get in her way! Just days after undergoing aortic valve surgery Peggy is up and about and ready to be discharged from the Lancashire Cardiac Unit based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. “I had been […]

Help for grieving families

DEATH and grief are difficult experiences, but when they take place under the challenging circumstances of a Coronavirus pandemic the increased trauma can seem debilitating. Team across the End-of-Life and Palliative care teams across Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Trinity Hospice want to ensure that all those struggling with loss get the support they need. Lead […]