Blackpool consultant spends day as staff nurse

A Critical Care Consultant has spent a shift as a nurse in order to get a better understanding of their role. Dr Jason Cupitt, who works at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, spent the day on the Intensive Care Unit performing the duties of a staff nurse. He said: “I watched an interesting online talk by Neil […]

DJ Dave Kenny looks back at first Blackpool hospital broadcast 52 years ago

On the 52nd anniversary of the first transmission of Blackpool Hospital Broadcasting Service (BHBS) later known as Radio Victoria, we meet one of the founders of the hospital radio, ‘DJ Dave Kenny’ David Gregson, 73. A British Telecom engineer at the time, Blackpool based David and a couple of friends had heard the hospital radio […]

Free online mental health resource available to everyone on the Fylde Coast

A free mental health resource for people living with depression and other conditions is now available across the whole of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Big White Wall, which is available at, provides a clinically safe and anonymous online community providing peer to peer support, personal assessments and self-help courses for those who need it. […]

Staff to take part in Blackpool Memory Walk

Staff from the Care of the Older Person department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are taking part in the Memory Walk in Blackpool in September. Ward Managers, Rachel Love (Ward 23) and Gemma Smith (Ward 26), have been actively encouraging staff in the division to take part and they have had a positive response with 15 colleagues […]

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 […]

Blackpool physios praised for innovation

The Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy paid a visit to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and praised the innovative practice. Karen Middleton, Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said how impressed she was by some best practice, including the Lung Ultrasound advancements for patients. Karen said: “This has been a highly successful […]

Well-loved Fylde coast doctor reaches milestone anniversary

A well-loved Fylde coast doctor has celebrated a milestone anniversary in delivering hospital care. Dr Maung Maung Latt has worked at Clifton Hospital, St Annes, for 25 years and the staff held a party to celebrate. He said: “The staff had to keep the party a secret because I don’t like a fuss, but I […]

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 […]

Blackpool Neonatal Unit launch new care model for families

The neonatal team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has launched a new caring method to support babies and their family while they are being cared for in hospital. The new care pathway, launched by neonatal sister Sarah Heydon, is called Family Integrated Care, which allows staff to become partners in care and for parents to be […]

Listen to the Trust’s first podcast with guest, Andy Mitchell

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has made its very first podcast. What better way to start than to interview Radio Wave’s Andy Mitchell, who started his career at Radio Victoria, Blackpool Victoria’s own hospital radio station, in 1979.   Later this year, Andy celebrates his 40 year anniversary in broadcasting. Listen here to discover […]