Important mental health message from Wyre pupils

YOUNG people in Wyre have come together to raise awareness of mental health in the area’s schools. Chris Smith from youth group URPotential has worked with young people in an effort to improve mental health care and support for pupils in Wyre schools. He explained: “URPotential work with many projects across Wyre, Blackpool and Fylde […]

Blackpool healthcare worker proves anyone can be a lifesaver

A Blackpool radiology worker became a real life NHS hero when she saved the life of a patient who had a cardiac arrest. Sharon Parsons, a part time Radiology Support Worker at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, found herself in a medical emergency and had to perform CPR compressions to a patient who had become unconscious during […]

Extreme hike to raise cash for Blackpool cancer team

There is little nicer than a stroll around the Lake District on a summer’s day. But Blackpool finance assistant, Helen Willis, is taking a pleasant walk to extremes by competing in a 26-mile charity hike around Ullswater to raise funds for cancer. Mum-of-two, Helen, along with her husband, brother, sister-in-law and nephew, plan to raise […]

Come and join the fun at the Clifton Hospital Summer Fair

Clifton Hospital are hosting their annual Summer Fair on June 29. There will be a host of entertainment available for all the family. This includes: Face painting Disney princesses Ice cream van Popcorn machine Children’s games Craft stalls Food and drink stalls Tombola Raffle – prizes include and Apple iPad, overnight stay and dinner, show […]

Blackpool Victoria Hospital to stage NHS Careers advice evening

A SPECIAL event aimed at giving people advice about careers in the NHS is being held at Blackpool Victoria Hospital this month.   The event, called Shaping the Future, is for a wide range of people including Year 11 high school pupils, Sixth Formers, people not in education, employment or training (NEET), people with disabilities […]

Top marks for NHS microbiology team

THE Microbiology Department at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been praised after collecting a national mark of quality.   The team, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, has gained and maintained accreditation to internationally recognised standards following a visit from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).   Staff were praised for their professionalism after […]

Volunteer Voices – Chaplaincy Volunteer, Sue

As part of Volunteers Week 2019 (June 1-7), we are looking at some of the volunteer roles around Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Sue Rose is a whirlwind. The retired former personnel manager for Tesco, never seems to keep still, always on the move taking on the next challenge from bodyboarding to helping out […]

Blackpool Victoria Hospital launches new Cancer Buddy volunteer project

  A new cancer project has been launched at Blackpool’s Windmill Unit. The ‘Cancer Buddy’ scheme aims to provide one to one patient to patient support, offering the opportunity for people to speak to someone who has been through a similar cancer experience. Based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, the Cancer Buddy will be a volunteer with […]

Volunteer Voices – Pathology Lab Runner, Grahame

As part of Volunteers Week 2019 (June 1-7), we are looking at some of the volunteer roles around Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A daily walk of more than seven miles is nothing for volunteer pathology lab runner, Grahame Laing. Grahame prides himself on getting blood samples from Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Macmillan Unit to […]

Volunteer Voices – Ward Helpers Rachel and Lauren

As part of Volunteers Week 2019 (June 1-7), we are looking at some of the volunteer roles around Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Here, we meet Ward Helpers Rachel McMurdo, 17 and Lauren Gowlding, 19. You may think it is unusual for youngsters to volunteer at their local hospital, but for Rachel and Lauren, […]