Seamstresses to the rescue to provide scrubs for NHS staff

More than 100 sewing stars answered a call from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to make much-needed scrubs during the Covid-19 outbreak. Following a shout out on Facebook, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Representative and Staff Side Chair, Maggy Heaton, was inundated with offers of help. Maggy said: “The Covid crisis brought about a […]

The use of face coverings when coming to our sites

People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it. In line with recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation, we are introducing new measures at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to keep visitors, patients, and staff safe. From […]

Teenager replaces smile hidden by mask

Lytham schoolgirl, Keira Bowman really wanted to help when she heard the masks and visors clinicians have to wear during the Coronavirus pandemic might frighten children. And what makes the 16-year-old’s visors extra special is that each one depicts a smile to replace the one hidden by the surgical mask. Keira, a pupil at AKS […]

Technology helps patient discharges

ONE side effect from the Coronavirus pandemic has been the change in use of technology and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals hopes to capitalise on this to improve the patient experience for some frail, elderly people. As organisations have become more used to communicating using remote methods, the Trust has taken on Digital Nurse Champion, Helena Palin, […]

COVID-19: Advice for people shielding

NEW Government advice has been updated for people who are shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19). The Government has this week relaxed some of the shielding measures to allow those who have been shielding to go out once a day and, if they live alone, to see one person from outside their household. Social distancing must be […]

COVID-19: Preparing for elective surgery

During the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic the planned care programme at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was stood down meaning patients coming in for elective surgery had their operations postponed and patients awaiting a date for admission had their cases delayed. This action was essential to keep patients and staff safe and to […]

Retired nurse tells of her COVID-19 battle

SANTO Hill loves working with and for people. She was a general nurse and midwife for more than 40 years and opened a Blackpool B&B when she retired in 2016. In 2017 she also decided to volunteer for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals charity, Blue Skies, working in the hospital shop. She was a fit, healthy, outgoing […]

Guard of honour salutes coronavirus family

THERE were tears and cheers as the region’s youngest Coronavirus baby left Blackpool Victoria Hospital with her mum and dad. Baby Ruby Dawson was born with COVID-19 and, after an emergency caesarean, her mum, Kathrine, who also had the virus, was sedated and on a ventilator fighting for her life. Ruby was being cared for […]

Sadness at the loss of our much valued colleague Eleuterio ‘BOY’ Gibela 

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a member of the Trust’s domestic services team, Eleutrio ‘BOY’ Gibela, has sadly died. Eleuterio, who worked at the Trust for almost 20 years, was aged 68. Kevin McGee, Chief Executive, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is with deep regret and huge […]

Blackpool goes global with cardiac appeal

NINE staff from Blackpool’s Lancashire Cardiac Centre have got together to produce a global appeal to patients who may be suffering from a heart attack. The unit is reporting about a third reduction in the number of patients attending for heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and nationally there has been a 50 per cent reduction in […]