Paramedics across the north west are going on strike today - and more could follow suit soon

Paramedics across Lancashire are today (Monday, June 18) going on strike – with further industrial action on the horizon.
An extra 20 billion a year has been promised to the NHS by the Prime Minister. (Photo: PA Wire).

Five things you should know about the £20 billion NHS funding boost

Close to an extra £400 million per week - or £20 billion a year - has been pledged to the NHS once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced. Here are five key questions about the annoucement:
The aim of the Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) campaign is to get more kids active  and to rehydrate with healthy drinks such as water or low-fat milk.

Lancashire's football clubs unite to tackle sugary drinks head-on

Three football clubs in Lancashire – including Preston North End – have teamed up with community organisations and the county council to bring an end to sugary drinks and encourage physical activity. TOM EARNSHAW reports.
Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower to turn blue for the NHS

Blackpool Tower is to turn blue next month to mark a red letter day for the NHS.

Pearse Butler

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust names its new chairman

There will soon be a new man in post as the chairman of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Paul with his two sons Max, seven, and Toby, 10 months.

County footballer Paul Jarvis 'overwhelmed' with messages of support in his fight against cancer

A former Chorley FC and AFC Fylde footballer has thanked Lancashire’s football fans following his recent diagnosis with cancer.
North West Ambulance has been praised by Ofsred.

Ambulance praised after Ofsted visit

Teaching and learning standards for apprentices at the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) been praised by education watchdog Ofsted.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool hospital to celebrate NHS’ 70th birthday

Blackpool Vic is holding a series of events throughout July to celebrate the NHS turning 70.

Georgia Mladenovic rings the bell at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, to signal the end of her treatment for a brain tumour.

Family ‘so grateful’ for op trip help

The family of a schoolgirl bravely coping with a life-threatening brain tumour have thanked all the people who helped them travel forground-breaking treatment in America.

A mobile autopsy lab is coming to the Fylde coast

Mobile autopsy lab set to come to the Fylde coast

The surgeons of the future will have the chance to get some hands-on experience when a mobile autopsy lab comes the to Fylde coast.


'Not safe, not effective, not well led': Mental health services told to improve after damning inspection

Not safe, not effective and not well led. That is the damming conclusion of a report into the county’s mental health services, which have been ordered to improve by inspectors.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Patient diaries are a hit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

A former patient at Blackpool Vic has backed a diary scheme which records patients’ experiences while they are intensive care.

Beth Tildesley, Project Officer at Healthwatch Lancashire

Military veterans are ‘not confident of getting the help they need from the NHS’

Just six per cent of military veterans in Lancashire are confident their GPs can give the health services they need, according to a new report.

Hayley Riley and Louise Evans in Over the Garden Fence at Blackpool Grand Theatre

Impact of dementia is in the spotlight at Blackpool's Grand Theatre

The stark realities of living with dementia are the focus of a hard-hitting production being aimed at those working in the health profession.

Rhian Monteith

Blackpool paramedic Rhian’s pioneering idea helps cut A&E visits

A senior Blackpool paramedic’s innovative idea which reduced A&E visits from “frequent callers” by up to 90 per cent is now being rolled out across the country.

Canon John Hall

New meeting planned for Fleetwood help project

Proposals to try and tackle urgent issues of poverty, health concerns and homelessness will be discussed at a meeting in Fleetwood.

Blackpools Grand Theatre

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre hosts dementia week play

Dementia Action Week is being kicked off with a special performance at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre tomorrow.

Lilian Atkinson meets Chris Shaw of RNS Publications who took her out in his Maserati car to give her an experience she never thought shed have.

Lilian’s ‘bucket list’ bonanza

Trinity Hospice is celebrating local organisations which have gone above and beyond to help make a difference to people with a terminal condition.

Friends and family of Clive Austin took part in the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10km Fun Run with photographs on him pinned to their running t-shirts.

Runners raise cash for Trinity ‘angels’

Emotions were running high as thousands of sunbaked runners arrived at the finish line of the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10km Fun Run.

Jade Mia Smith

Jade’s pride at Sheraton Trophy nod

A teenage volunteer who has overcome mental health problems to work tirelessly for a string of charitable causes has been handed a prestigious award by Wyre Council.

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