Wendy Swift appointed Interim Chief Executive of Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced that Wendy Swift will take over as Interim Chief Executive when Gary Doherty leaves the organisation. Gary will leave the Trust on February 12, 2016 and start his new role as Chief Executive at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on February 29, 2016. Wendy is currently the […]

Patients welcome new healthcare service

Patients on the Fylde coast are reaping the rewards of more personally tailored healthcare provided in the heart of the community. This innovative service, known as Extensive Care, enables elderly and frail patients with two or more long-term conditions to receive more coordinated support closer to their home and less in hospital. Earlier this year […]

Hospital Sister advises women to take up offer of cervical screening

The importance of smear tests is being stressed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during national Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Younger women in particular, are being targeted because they are less likely to take up the offer of a smear test. Eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day in the UK and […]

Staff ‘Wear it Red’ and sell cakes for Trust charity

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ Public Health team and Volunteer Health Mentors have teamed up with Blue Skies Hospitals Fund to organise a ‘Wear It Red’ day on Friday, February 5. All staff are being invited to wear something red for the day, whether it’s a jumper or top, shoes or even socks to raise awareness of the […]

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Trust backs #SmearforSmear cervical cancer awareness week

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals is backing a national campaign to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of smear tests. Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is running throughout the week of January 25 to 30 and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has relaunched its successful #SmearForSmear campaign to encourage more women to attend screening. The Jo’s Trust […]

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Think! Why A&E? and help everyone receive the right care

Fylde coast residents are being urged to think carefully before heading to the A&E department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Residents are being reminded of the importance of knowing the alternatives as the hospital continues to deal with a high demand for services. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Fylde and Wyre and NHS Blackpool […]

Statement on Fylde coast rehabilitation services

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have responded to several media reports surrounding the services at Bispham Hospital and the provision of services by Spiral Health. The changes being made to the provision of rehabilitation care have been planned for some time and are […]

Workforce event highlights training and recruitment opportunities

Success stories and development opportunities were in the spotlight at an event for staff of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. Teams providing employment, training, occupational therapy, apprenticeships, mentoring, learning and development handed out information to staff on Wednesday, January 20, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Karen Hodgson, Workforce Development Manager for the Trust, said: “The event was about […]

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Concert in memory of conductor will help dementia care

An evening of popular classical music is being held to remember a well-known maestro on the Fylde Coast, and to help raise money for local dementia care. Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is organising the event in partnership with local orchestra, Fylde Sinfonia. The concert, to be […]

It’s not too late to protect yourself from flu say health experts

Public Health England (PHE) North West is urging people who are most at risk of flu to get their free vaccination after evidence suggests that ‘flu activity is increasing in the area. Dr Rosemary McCann, Deputy Director for Health Protection, PHE North West, said: “Surveillance has shown that the number of people catching flu in […]