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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Ribby-with-Wrea WI member, Frances King, who won the Standfast trophy at the annual meeting of the Lancashire Federation of Womens Institutes. Frances is on the left in the photo.  On the right is the Lancashire Federation Chairman, Shirley Thornton.

Honour for dedicated Fylde nurse and volunteer

International Women’s Day was an appropriate day for the annual meeting of the Lancashire Federation of Women’s Institutes.

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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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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Participants in the run in memory of Edward Dee at Park View4U playing fields, Lytham

Runners set off in memory of ‘sports loving’ Edward

More than £500 was raised in memory of tragic Fylde schoolboy Edward Dee at two events.


‘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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Samantha Bainbridge

New service is praised by its own patients

A new community health service launched last year to help patients with an agonising condition has been praised.

‘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.

Roger Batty, from Freckleton, was given �15,000 by his dentist after taking legal action over poor treatment he received.

Patient’s £15,000 payout after ‘losing four teeth’

A pensioner who lost four teeth after his dentist allegedly failed to treat decay has been paid £15,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

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