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. […]

Loudspeaker plea to stop smoking on hospital site

In a bid to stop people smoking on site, Blackpool Victoria Hospital has installed an anti-smoking tannoy system which can be activated by staff, visitors or patients. Pre-recorded messages will be played reminding smokers that the hospital is a smoke-free site and that smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital grounds. The system has […]

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: […]

Don’t forget to order repeat prescriptions in time for Easter

Local people are urged to be ready for Easter by planning ahead for repeat prescriptions and using NHS services appropriately. GP surgeries will be closed during the Easter weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday on 19 and 22 April. By re-stocking their medicine cabinets if needed, knowing when their GP surgery is open and […]

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 […]

Thornton miracle baby still growing strong

The Neonatal Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has pulled out all the stops once more to make Mother’s Day special to all mums spending their special day in hospital. The unit cares after premature babies, unwell new-born babies and their families to ensure they receive the best possible care. Two year ago Thornton mum, Beth […]

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 […]