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 […]

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 […]