Legacy gift is a real lifesaver

Saving lives is high on the timetable after Blackpool Sixth Form College was presented with a defibrillator.

Dr David Wrigley

'Our health care is at its greatest point of crisis'

Lancashire GP Dr David Wrigley is a senior member of the British Medical Association. In a personal view, he outlines the crisis health and social care confronting doctors’ surgeries and hospitals
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Midwife Lucy Atkins with Percy; midwife Sarah Banks with Ellie; healthcare assistant Kirsty Barcock with Ella, midwife Jenny Fogg with Oscar and Cathryn Parkinson with William

Mum is the word for five midwives

Midwifery staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have been celebrating after five members of the same team all gave birth within weeks of each other.

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Daniel Darkes

Doctors now '80 per cent certain' Brit is the first person ever to cure himself of type 1 diabetes

Tests show a man may well hold the secret to a cure for an illness that kills 1.5 million people every year.

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A course run via the Healthier Fleetwood initiative.

Port’s health scheme brings course boost

A group aimed at improving people’s health in Fleetwood staged an event to help residents achieve health awards.

Casey and his toy

Casey reunited with toy thanks to hospital duo

A baby has been reunited with his favourite toy thanks to the kindness of two health care assistants at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Diana Hamilton, right, with mum Sally Naden (centre) and Heather Johnson

‘I’m not waiting to react - I’ve taken back control’

With a family history and a high risk of getting breast cancer in the future, Diana Hamilton, daughter of popular Lancashire radio personality Sally Naden, made the brave decision to have a double mastectomy as a preventative measure

Staff are to be transferred to a private company at Blackpool Vic to save tax.

Blackpool Victoria staff move will save £2.5m in tax

Around 180 members of staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital will be transferred over to a private company set up to save up to £2.5m a year in tax.

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Eileen and Tony still seemed happy despite their ailing health. They are pictured here at Tony's care home in Cleveleys

Cleveleys couple who died three days apart said final farewell on FaceTime

A devoted wife said goodbye to her dying husband from her hospital bed using FaceTime – before passing away just a few days after he did.

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Knott End lady captain Joyce Wright with Blake McMillan and his mother Jenny

Club golfers swing into action for Blake

Knott End Golf Club ladies’ section has launched a fundraising drive to help a little boy stricken by a rare illness.


‘I switch on my hearing every day like a light’

Karen struggled with hearing aids for years before the implant

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Our health workers  suffering ‘anxiety and stress epidemic’

Our health workers suffering ‘anxiety and stress epidemic’

They are the people we turn to when we are sick but NHS staff in the North West have highest rate of sickness in the country. Catherine Musgrove explores just why

One third of eating disorder sufferers not receiving adequate care

One third of eating disorder sufferers not receiving adequate care

One third of eating disorder sufferers do not receive referral to a mental health service, despite clear medical guidance that stresses the need for immediate referral.

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Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool Vic fears as patients left to wait hours

Hospital chiefs have again pleaded with patients to think carefully before attending A&E after services were once again stretched.

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Dr Amanda Doyle said parents will still be able to get prescription medication from pharmacies rather than wait for a GP appointment for their child

U-turn on child medicines

Parents will still be able to get prescription medication for their young children without seeing their GP following a U-turn from health bosses.

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‘Millions could be saved if pharmacists were able to prescribe’

‘Millions could be saved if pharmacists were able to prescribe’

As our series continues, we look at the role that pharmacies can play, and the ongoing battle over treatments for long term conditions such as ceoliac disease, which patients are required to manage through lifestyle.

Even if you feel your child may not be cooperative the dentist can give advice - it is important that your child is comfortable in the surgery from a young age.

Everything you need to know to protect your kids' teeth

Most mums and dads want to help protect their kids' teeth but some parents can find oral health advice confusing. With this in mind we had a chat with a dental expert who can help you to stop your children's teeth from decaying.
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The Tudor Manor Nursing Home

Nurse who slept on duty is suspended

A nurse has been suspended after admitting a slew of wrongdoings at two care homes and a Fylde coast hospital, it has been revealed.

Mohamad Nidal Bittar (bearded in centre) with the Lancashire Cardiac Centre team

Fears patients may travel further to fewer hospitals

In our continuing series of articles looking at Sustainability and Transformation Plans to shake up NHS services to save money, today The Great NHS Gamble looks at how specialist care could be affected in the years ahead.

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Audiologist Emma Haouche

Medic is first in country to get dementia label

A Blackpool ear doctor has become one of the first in the country to become a ‘Dementia Friend’ as part of a company’s training pledge.

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