Patient information survey – feedback wanted

Are you happy that the Trust handle your information appropriately? Do you know how to request your information? Are you aware of the changes under the new General Data Protection Regulation which came into force on the 25th May 2018? If you would like to provide feedback please take part in our patient survey by […]

Public invited to free Fylde coast screening of critically acclaimed film

MEMBERS of the public are invited to a free screening of a popular British film based on the life of a sepsis survivor. “Starfish” tells the story of Tom Ray, a young father whose life was changed drastically after developing sepsis and stars Tom Riley as Tom and Joanne Froggatt as his wife Nicola in […]

Blackpool Mental health partnership is a success

A pilot that was introduced to respond to people experiencing mental health crisis between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Ambulance NHS Service Trust (NWAS) and Lancashire Constabulary is proving to be a huge success in providing the most appropriate care, support and treatment to people. The pilot, called Psynergy, was launched last December […]

Blackpool skin cancer patient helps former school keep sun safe

A local skin cancer patient has given a generous gift to his former school. Brian Watson, 81, helped Clifton Hospital-based Skin Cancer Co-ordinator, Michelle Forsyth provide sun hats for Westminster Primary Academy in Blackpool, by donating £400. Together with skin cancer charity Skcin, of which Michelle is the North West Ambassador, the 400 Legionnaire hats […]

Young patient gets the chance to be a scientist for a day

A YOUNG patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital was given the opportunity to be a trainee scientist for the day. Charlie Doughty, 8, from Kirkham, enjoyed a tour of the hospital’s laboratories as part of a project to give young patients an insight into what happens behind the scenes to help their treatment. The scheme is […]

World’s smallest heart pump set to save lives at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Consultants at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have used an innovative device for the first time in Lancashire to perform a lifesaving procedure. The Impella Heart Pump, the world’s smallest heart pump, was purchased by Blue Skies Hospitals Fund for the renowned Cardiac Centre. Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Billal Patel and his colleague Dr Andrew Wiper were instrumental […]

Clifton Hospital supervisor retires as local coastguard

A Clifton Hospital supervisor has hung up his lifebuoy after 14 years as a Fylde coast coastguard. Keith Twyford, who has worked at Blackpool Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust for almost 29 years, is now concentrating on spending more time with his family, but will miss his special role. Keith, a Support Services Supervisor, said: “I’ve […]

Screening guides supporting women with learning disabilities

NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned Healthwatch Blackpool as part of a consortium of local Healthwatch known as Healthwatch Together which includes neighbouring local Healthwatch in Blackburn with Darwen, Cumbria and Lancashire. Healthwatch Together undertook a joint project to support potential changes to service delivery in cancer screening programmes amongst women with learning disabilities. Healthwatch […]

Blackpool Emergency Department set up new streaming service

Visitors to Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) are being diverted to the correct service thanks to a new streaming service. Once patients have been booked in by a receptionist on arrival, they are then assessed by a senior nurse and directed to the most suitable department. The scheme was introduced by ED sister, Jodie […]

Blackpool Emergency Department introduces disability friendly scheme

THE Emergency Department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has introduced a new idea to support and identify patients with learning disabilities. The new scheme is called Disability Daisy and the idea is for patients who have learning difficulties to feel comfortable knowing their additional needs are being recognised and taken care of. Sophie Jones, an Emergency […]