Schoolboy dies from suspected meningitis

A Fylde coast primary school pupil has died from suspected meningitis.

Some of the presents donated to The Gazette's Give a Gift appeal so far at Morrisons.

Christmas shouldn’t be the ‘worst time’

Donating a present to The Gazette’s Give a Gift appeal could put a smile on somebody’s face during “the worst time of year” to be in hospital.

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Give A Gift for the Blackpool Gazette campaign

Presents roll in for The Gazette’s Give a Gift appeal

As the first week of The Gazette’s Give a Gift appeal draws to a close, we take a look at the success it’s had so far.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A&E department handover times are up 450 per cent

The length of time paramedics are left waiting at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A&E department has soared by 450 per cent since 2013/14, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC showed yesterday.

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Staff at Smyths Toys are supporting the Give a Gift appeal

Shops eager to help as appeal gets a boost

It’s getting easier to spread some joy this Christmas and get involved in The Gazette’s Give a Gift appeal.

World Aids Day is marked by service

World Aids Day is marked by service

It’s World Aids Day today, and Lancashire health professionals are marking it by calling on people to get tested for HIV which, in 90 per cent of cases, if caused by unsafe sex.

Anne Nolan is getting into the festive spirit

Nolan sister is in the mood for giving

A founder member of the Nolans will be one of the people helping to bring a bit of festive cheer to patients in Clifton Hospital, this Christmas.

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Ann Hedley

Fylde Coast’s ‘forgotten’ elderly are focus of festive appeal

The Gazette has launched an appeal to brighten up the festive season for those who are in hospital at Christmas.

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Wayne Robinson, Sheridan Kelly, Craig Shepherd, Natasha Stockdale and Shane Connolly

Shop provides festive fun for sick children

Smyths Toys have pledged to donate hundreds of pounds of presents to the Gazette’s Give a Gift appeal.

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Over-50s fight for same-day GP appointment

Over-50s fight for same-day GP appointment

Over-50s, arguably the biggest users of the NHS, are finding it particularly hard to book a same-day appointments with their GP.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals fared better than most trusts

400 operations cancelled – but Vic rates high

Almost 400 patients were put through the agony of a last minute cancelled operation in Blackpool hospitals in the first nine months of this year, according to new figures.

Launch of Christmas Gifts Appeal at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.  Pictured L-R are Liam Croft, Rebecca Ferguson, Louise Turvey with Austin Anderson, Hannah Corleff, Tiffany Bradford and Ann Healey.

Give a Christmas gift and spread a little happiness

Appeal to Gazette readers to help provide every hospital patient with a present on Christmas day

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Dental crisis in care homes

Lancashire dental treatment care home crisis

More than half of Lancashire care homes said they have had difficulties gaining access to dental services for their residents – and those with poor mobility or dementia are most at risk.

Sharing a cup of tea and having a chat.

Report: ‘Carers are working in shops’

A shortage of carers has been blamed on staff choosing to work in shops instead – because they get paid the same but with less stress.

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Jane Booth, Chair of the Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Board and the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board and  Mick Dears and Jane Williams of Lancashire Fire & Rescue alert the public to the potential fire risk

Call to raise awareness of hidden fire dangers

Fire and safeguarding bosses are calling for better warnings on emollient skin creams after the tragic death of smoker John Fallon in a fire.

Sally Myerscough, HIV nurse with the Contraception and Sexual Health Service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Call for HIV testing as cases rise

Lancashire health chiefs are urging residents to get tested for HIV as the number of cases rocket.

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GP Doctors NHS

Weekend GP appointments planned for Wyre and Fylde

There are plans to introduce weekend GP appointments in Wyre and Fylde.

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Lytham Windmill is going purple for a week. Picture: IAN BROWN

Windmill shining purple for a week

Lytham Windmill is being turned purple for a whole week from tonight in aid of pancreatic cancer awareness.

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Lamb rogan josh was made with beef at dirty Blackpool takeaway

Lamb rogan josh was made with beef at dirty Blackpool takeaway

Two takeaway owners cheated customers and operated from filthy premises, a court heard.

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