Blackpool Hospital employee wins regional award

A Blackpool nurse has been honoured for her enthusiasm and passion for helping vulnerable patients. Lianne Harrison, Practice Development Sister, has won the Sarah Brookfield Award from the Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network for her quality improvement work. Lianne works on the Intensive Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and has been awarded […]

Fast, safe and effective hospital discharges

Patients are benefiting from a safer and faster discharge system being piloted by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. Home First is a fully supported discharge method which is getting people the care they need within the community while freeing up bed spaces and reducing readmissions. Occupational therapist and physiotherapy manager, Charlotte Stubbs, explained: “Home First is a […]

New cardiac treatment gives St Annes grandad a life without fear

A 78-year-old grandad has told how he woke up in Blackpool Victoria Hospital with a massive cloud of fear lifted from his shoulders. Former hotelier, Michael Phillips, from St Annes, said he worried that his heart condition could cause a major stroke at any time. But this week he became the first patient at the hospital’s […]

Dream holiday turns into tragedy for Lytham St Annes couple

It should have been the trip of a lifetime for Lytham St Annes couple, Paul and Maria Mahon. The couple had taken very early retirement, their house had been sold, possessions put in storage and their cars left at an auction house. Paul and Maria, both in their early 50s, had been training for their […]

Sepsis deaths halved at Blackpool hospital

The number of sepsis deaths at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been halved through innovative changes to treatment methods. Following a year of intensive work, the death rate from the disease has been dramatically reduced through major changes to diagnosis and treatment. In 2014 the hospital’s sepsis mortality rate was the third worst in the country […]

Stepping out to better health for leg ulcer patients

A programme has been set up to provide leg ulcer patients with knowledge on how to manage their condition. The programme, in partnership with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wyre Borough Council and local GP Practices was introduced last summer to improve leg ulcer care provided to patients living in Thornton and Poulton-le-Fylde. Jo […]

Clifton Hospital hosts first ‘Community Catch Up’ event

Clifton Hospital is supporting the local community with a new event. The Community Catch Up is a meeting open to anyone, particularly those who feel isolated, to come together for a chat and a cup of tea. The first meeting, held in Clifton’s Garden Room, was a great start with free hand massages on offer, […]

Clifton Hospital embraces Nutrition and Hydration Week

Clifton Hospital has been having fun for Nutrition and Hydration Week. Ward 1 held an afternoon tea for the patients with special guests, the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Coun Peter Collins and Mrs Caroline Collins, while volunteer Barry Evans, played the piano. Ward 1 is also hosting a ‘chair Zumba’ event for patients on […]

Trust holds special event to celebrate Blackpool’s future talent

BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals has held an event to recognise apprentices working across the Trust in line with National Apprenticeship Week. The Trust’s first Apprenticeship Awards celebrated the often inspirational  work apprentices do across the Trust and how important their roles are in the NHS workforce. Managers across the Trust were encouraged to nominate apprentices in […]

Blackpool dental professional is filling in her spare time

Oral Health Educator Helen Kellett is all smiles as she waves goodbye to her career in dental health. Helen, who retired this week, has been devoted to the dental profession and spent her career working in a variety of roles across Lancashire. She has worked in dentistry for 44 years and 19 of those have […]