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Orthopaedic hub offers streamlined patient care

The way orthopaedic patients are cared for at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has become more streamlined thanks to funding from hospital charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund. A former seminar room has been transformed into an orthopaedic hub, where medical teams from different departments can join together in one place at one time to discuss a patient’s […]

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Getting mums fit for peak performance

Having a baby is said to require the same level of exercise and strength as running a marathon. And no one would consider entering a marathon without considerable preparation and training. Just like an athlete, new mums need to be prepared and midwives at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals are hoping that their timely advice and support […]

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Ward staff praised after winning Fylde Coast Carers’ Award

Staff at ward 11 of Blackpool Victoria Hospital have won high profile praise – and an award – at Carers Trust Fylde Coast annual charity ball. The glittering event at the De Vere Herons Reach was attended by 400 guests and raised £15,010  to help the Blackpool based carers’ charity convert a former NHS-owned property on […]

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£4m cost of missed appointments

  Missed patient medical appointments cost more than £4m a year to Blackpool hospitals. More than 39,000 patients missed their appointments in the last 12 months costing vital funds which could have been used to ensure other patients receive timely treatment. Each new appointment costs Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on average £153 and […]

Mum’s joy at medical wonder

  There is nothing all that unusual about a 16-year-old becoming a bridesmaid. But for Kirkham mum Paula Fallows it’s a day she never thought she would see. Paula’s daughter Katie Wright has endured all kinds of difficulties as a severe epilepsy sufferer. The condition left Katie with a number of different types of seizure […]

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Advice sessions to help new hospital staff

An advice and support event was held at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to help the families of newly recruited staff. Advisors from Blackpool Council, Coastal Housing and Blackpool and The Fylde College attended the session to help answer questions about accommodation, courses and jobs. The drop-in event was well attended with new starters and their partners […]

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Snowdrop gathering for bereaved families

Bereaved families who have lost a child are invited to a special event at Lytham Hall. The 15th annual Snowdrop Gathering will have specially chosen music and poems followed by a candle ceremony to help parents, carers and siblings feel less alone with their grief. Organiser, Michelle Boland, Paediatric Bereavement Support Nurse Specialist for Blackpool […]

Supporters ‘Wear It Red’ to thank cardiac centre for saving lives

A grateful heart patient raised funds for cardiac care a year to the day when she underwent major surgery at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Fiona Mills said she owed her life to the staff of the Lancashire Cardiac Centre which is based at the hospital. Visitors to the hospital and the cardiac centre saw red on […]

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Eyes down to help stroke patients

  Health staff at Blackpool hospital have put on musical bingo sessions to help recovery for stroke patients. The fun event was part of a series of afternoon rehabilitation activities devised by staff on Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Stroke Unit. Ward manager, Rachael Bailey explained: “Bingo is great for rehabilitation, communication and encouraging dexterity and interaction […]

World Cancer Day backed by Hospitals Trust

World Cancer Day is being backed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The awareness-raising event on Thursday, February 4, is being led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) which seeks to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. Researchers say next year alone nearly nine million people are likely […]