North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust ‘requires improvement’

Lancashire’s ambulance service has been ordered to improve its safety standards.

Protect Chorley and South Ribble Hospital against cuts and privatisation Group  protests outside County Hall

Why do we face a £572m funding shortfall in Lancashire and South Cumbria... despite having poorest health in the country?

Health and care bosses have predicted a £572m spending shortfall in their budgets across Lancashire and South Cumbria by 2020/21.

‘Maintaining current system is unrealistic and dangerous’

‘Maintaining current system is unrealistic and dangerous’

A lack of Government support has been blamed for mounting pressure on local NHS services.

Dr Amanda Doyle

‘We are keen to improve local services’

Health chiefs in Lancashire and South Cumbria admit local people deserve much better health care and without it lives could be lost.

Ambulances queuing outside Royal Preston Hospital. A queue of nine ambulances was spotted on Boxing Day, and paramedics reported a wait of up to 90 minutes to hand over patients

Ambulance service order to improve by inspectors

Lancashire’s ambulance service has been ordered to improve its safety standards after an inspection.

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Lifehouse, Lytham

Lancashire recommends... health food stores

As people use January to detox, here is a list of the best health food stores, as voted by readers.

Appeal for O negative donors

Appeal for O negative donors

Eligible blood donors across the Fylde coast who are O Rh negative (O negative) are being asked give blood to help rebuild stocks of these groups.

Jennifer Aldridge

Chance to hear of changes in NHS services

Fylde and Wyre residents will hear about the progress made to change the face of local NHS services when health bosses go on the road next month.

A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool’s A&E ‘on verge of collapse’ as 12-hour waits double

The number of people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital doubled in the last year.

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Health store

Where are the best health stores?

Selling anything from vitamins, protein shakes, nuts and vegetables health stores are a useful place to stock up on the essentials.

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Katie Lander with Samuel Hudson

New neonatal room opens at Victoria hospital

A new family room is now available to use on the neonatal unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A delicious-looking meal

How to banish Blue Monday doldrums

It’s the most depressing day of the year - but what can YOU do to beat the Monday blues?

A delighted Becky Halliwell and Andy Halliwell

Baby delight for couple who refused to give up

A woman who was warned she may never have children because she was overweight is expecting her first baby after shedding more than three stone.

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Mary Lowe and son Paul Aspinall

LIFE-SAVER: Grandmother praises Vic’s heart surgeon

A pensioner who was told she would die if she didn’t have an urgent and dangerous operation has spoken of her ordeal.

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Heather Parkinson with her fiance Patrick Goulden with pet dogs

June wedding cheers brave woman who has been fighting cancer

Heather Parkinson has spent the last 15 years fighting cancer after first being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19.

One of the helpline's workers

Plea for helpers ahead of most depressing day

Residents have been asked to spare four hours a fortnight to offer a listening ear to people with mental health problems.

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Daniel Sutcliff

Coach’s Aussie skydive in honour of pal

A football coach from Garstang currently working in Australia is planning a sponsored sky-dive down under to raise funds for a Lancashire-based charity set up following the death of a friend.

The annual Lytham St Annes Lions Swimarathon at St Annes YMCA Pool.

Swim day cash aim for Brian House

Lytham St Annes Lions will be supporting Brian House children’s hospice at their 31st annual swimarathon later this month – and there is still chance to take part.

Luke Carter

Family’s thanks for £16k operation cash

An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is set for a life-changing operation.

Motivated Fitness, Tarleton

Lancashire recommends.... top independent gyms

As January appears to be the month where gyms experience the highest amount of new joiners, we take a look at the most popular independent gyms in the area.

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