IT specialist’s novel idea

Blackpool IT specialist, Jonathan Young, has just realised a long-held ambition to publish his first novel. After five years of writing and editing – with a few stops and starts along the way – the book, Two Black Feet, is now available online at Amazon’s Kindle bookshop. “I always had an interest in writing,” explained […]

Cleveleys choristers’ gift of music

After a lifetime of love for children and music, a CD player has been donated to a Blackpool Children’s Clinic in memory of a former Cleveleys chorister. Anne Hebden died on January 11th last year at the age of 81 and she left a musical donation in her will to help children in hospital in […]

Patient Statement regarding junior doctors’ strike action

A number of junior doctors are staging a 24-hour “emergency care only” action today, Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Some scheduled operations and outpatient appointments at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been postponed to ensure emergency services can run. “Senior managers and clinicians in the Trust are working closely with trade union representatives to […]

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Trust School Nursing Staff shine on TV

  Two Trust School Nursing staff appeared on BBC TV recently as part of a feature showing how Blackpool Council is tackling the excessive sugary drink intake of 11 – 18 year olds in a bid to stop them developing multiple health complications. The story featured dental health educator, Helen Kellett and school nurse practitioner, Lynne Ridgway […]

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Hospital charity teams up with zoo for steps challenge

The Blue Skies Hospitals Fund has teamed up with Blackpool Zoo to encourage people to sign up to the 10,000 steps challenge. Blue Skies, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, launched the New Year steps challenge at the start of January to encourage people to complete the recommended 10,000 steps per day […]

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Research study will look at postnatal depression

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Research and Development department is promoting a research survey on ‘The impact of creative interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression’. If you would like to take part please click on the following links for more information. For women who are six to nine months pregnant please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/mothertobe Women whose babies are […]

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Mobile stop smoking advice on offer for hospital visitors, patients and staff

A unique new service helping people to stop smoking is available at Blackpool Victoria Hospital every Monday. The Smokefreelife Blackpool service, run by Solutions 4 Health, has experts who visit the hospital every Monday between 10am and 5pm to offer their services to patients, visitors and staff. Stop Smoking Specialists from Solutions 4 Health, who […]

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Hospital staff raise more than £1,100 to benefit patients

Kind-hearted staff and patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have raised more than £1,100 to benefit local cancer patients. The money was raised through a raffle organised by Healthcare Assistant Martin Gillan who was supported with donations from a number of local businesses. Martin, who works on the haematology and oncology day unit at Blackpool Victoria […]

Children bring cheer to hospital patients on Christmas Day

Four kind-hearted youngsters said they enjoyed giving gifts to hospital patients more than opening their own Christmas presents. Jessica and Oliver Wiper and Joshua and Samuel Kay visited Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Christmas Day morning to meet patients and hand out presents. Jessica, two years, Oliver, five years, Joshua, 10 years, and Samuel, three years, […]

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Young people’s website features guide to special needs and disability services

A hospital website for young people now features a guide to services for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s young people’s website is promoting the ‘Local Offer’ guide to services on the Fylde coast and throughout Lancashire. Local Offer provides a huge amount of information that is easy […]