Frontline staff honoured with double award win

A team of frontline staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been honoured with a double award win. The Critical Care team, clinched the Clinical Team of the Year and Chairman’s Award in the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Celebrating Success Awards held virtually, earlier this month. Their success was as a result of a […]

Keep Well by Keeping Warm in Winter

Seasonal sniffles are on the rise and as we approach the colder months, it is important now more than ever to keep well by keeping warm. After more than a year and a half of social distancing, experts have said that more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have […]

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals recruiting 100 healthcare assistants

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking for 100 healthcare assistants (HCAs). Trish Armstrong-Child, Chief Executive of the Trust started her career as a HCA and has encouraged people who are looking for a career in care to get in touch. She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is thinking about […]

Anne Alderson

Blackpool nurse highlights the importance of life-saving organ donation campaign

A Staff Nurse working at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has spoken of the importance of registering for organ donation after a donated heart saved her son’s life. Anne Alderson, from Thornton, who has worked in the gynaecology department at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for four years, has lived through the donation journey after son […]

Now is time to work for better health with online directory

Residents of Blackpool Fylde and Wyre are being urged to improve their physical and mental health by joining one of 3,000 groups promoted on the FYi directory. The FYi Directory provides a comprehensive list of more than 3,000 local services, support groups, childcare providers, and activities. A partnership venture started in 2017 between the Fylde […]

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Support for veterans for the emerging situation in Afghanistan

The news from Afghanistan will significantly impact many people in our armed forces and veterans community. The Military Veterans’ Service for Lancashire are there to support you and any mental health difficulties you may be experiencing. Strong emotional reactions are normal and there is no right or wrong way to feel about the emerging situation. […]

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 […]

Ella Vickers

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 […]