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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Staffing problems loom due to shortage of trained nurses

Staffing problems loom due to shortage of trained nurses

As part of our continuing series of articles looking at Sustainability and Transformation Plans to shake up NHS services in a bid to save money, today The Great NHS Gamble looks at the staffing timebomb facing the service.

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The great NHS gamble: what you need to know about the crisis facing England’s NHS

The great NHS gamble: what you need to know about the crisis facing England’s NHS

Government and National Health Service bosses must plug a multi-billion pound funding gap in the NHS budget.

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NHS of the future: Technology that could replace GPs

As part of a detailed look at proposals to shake up NHS services we look at plans to increase use of technology.

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Joe is on loan at Sheffield United

Football ace backs appeal to save Nan

Manchester United’s rising star Joe Riley has backed a fund-raising campaign to send a Fylde coast grandmother to Germany for potentially life-saving treatment.

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Emergency departments are on the ‘hit list’

Emergency departments are on the ‘hit list’

A Lancashire A&E unit has been flagged as one of 24 ‘at risk’ of being closed or downgraded in a major overhaul of urgent care.

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Dr Amanda Doyle

Deciphering the stp jargon

Health managers are very keen on “pathways”. They also have a fondness for “frameworks” and “taskforces”.

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Stab victim Jessica Knight

Chorley & South Ribble Hospital A&E

According to analysis by the Health Service Journal, 24 emergency departments - around 15 per cent of the national total - could be closed or downgraded in the next four years.

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David Wrigley, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association and a GP in Lancaster

Private consultancy costs

Consultancy firms have been paid tens of millions of pounds from public funds to help draw up plans designed to strip £22bn of costs out of the NHS budget, our Johnston Press investigation can reveal.

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Campaign aims to strike back at harassment female runners face

Campaign aims to strike back at harassment female runners face

Running can be a solitary activity, and with a third of women receiving some form of harassment while jogging on their own, some women can be put off getting out of the starting blocks.

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Dr David Wrigley

Lancashire pharmacies in danger of chop

Up to 100 pharmacies in Lancashire could close following savage government cuts to funding.

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Midwives ordered to say ‘partner’ after lesbian couple’s complaint over ‘fella’

Midwives in Blackpool have been told to use the word ‘partner’ during antenatal classes after an expectant lesbian couple complained about the use of the word ‘fella’.

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