Babies born on Blackpool Tower’s 125th birthday get lifetime ticket

BABIES born in Blackpool on May 14 have been given lifetime admission to The Blackpool Tower as part of the historic landmark’s 125th birthday celebrations. The Tower has set a week-long programme of events to mark its special occasion and part of those celebrations include giving every baby born in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on May […]

Bank Holiday opening times for Fylde coast pharmacies

People living on the Fylde coast will be able to access a number of local pharmacies this Bank Holiday Monday. With doctors’ surgeries closed for an extra day, patients in the area will be able to visit their local pharmacist for help with any minor ailments or health concerns. Pharmacies will be available in Blackpool, […]

Egg-cellent gifts for Children’s Ward

Being in hospital over Easter was just a little sweeter this year after a massive donation of chocolate eggs for the Children’s Ward. Staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital were delighted to welcome representatives from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) who brought more than 70 eggs for young patients. “Many of our staff are […]

Steph steps up for second London marathon

A Blackpool therapist is gearing up to run to London Marathon for the second time in four years. Steph Pashley, 31, works at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as an occupational therapist and is now fundraising for the London Marathon- but this time has some records to beat. She said: “I am raising money for CLIC Sargent […]

Running up the funds for mental health charities

A BLACKPOOL healthcare worker with a desire to help people with mental health problems is raising funds for vital services who have helped many, including himself. Ben Constable, 41, is a bench worker at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and is working shifts as a healthcare assistant with the hope to become a qualified nurse. He has […]

Interim Chief Executive for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced an interim replacement for retiring Chief Executive Wendy Swift. Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, will take over from May 1st with Wendy retiring at the end of April. The substantive Chief Executive post will be advertised nationally in the next few weeks. […]

Patients enjoy “horsing around’’ at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

THERE were miles of smiles at Blackpool Victoria Hospital today as patients got to meet some special visitors. Three American miniature pets as therapy horses visited the wards at the hospital to interact with patients on a wide range of wards. This was the latest visit from the always popular horses owned by KL Pony […]

Blackpool students given insight into NHS careers

SIXTH form students have been given the opportunity to learn about careers their local hospital could offer them. Staff from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust attended a recruitment event at Blackpool Sixth Form College to highlight the varied clinical roles on offer in the community. Sarah Critchley, Clinical Improvement Lead at the Trust, said: […]

Anchorsholme couple celebrate 30 years as hospital volunteers

In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, Coronation Street’s Alan Bradley was killed by a Blackpool tram and Cliff Chivers started volunteering at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Cliff’s wife Betty, 86,  also volunteered  two years later and Cliff, 89. joined a chaplaincy service as part of a team of four Church of England ‘readers.’ The pair, who […]