'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.

MP Paul Maynard with health minister Jackie Doyle Price.

Mental health minister in Blackpool

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard joined health and emergency service leaders signing a pledge to work together for the benefit of patients in the town.

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.

Donna Britt with Day Therapy Unit staff at Trinity

‘They have given me the strength to go on’

A former support worker has described how she truly believed her life was over when she was diagnosed with a chronic lung condition nine months ago.

Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care

Sir Alex Ferguson remains in hospital after emergency brain haemorrhage surgery

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in the history of the British game, is seriously ill in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage.

Sir Alex Ferguson (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Well wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson after brain haemorrhage surgery

Well wishes from across the worlds of sport, politics and television have flooded in for Sir Alex Ferguson after news that the former Manchester United manager had surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

Sir Alex Ferguson has had emergency surgery, Man Utd said (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire)

Ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson has emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage

Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage, his former club Manchester United have announced.

Ambulances queuing outside Royal Preston Hospital

County's paramedics vote to strike

Paramedics in Lancashire have voted for strike action in a pay dispute that has been running for more than 12 years.

Paul Wilkinson, 55, died in five days after arriving at Blackpool Victoria Hospital last year.

'Living hell' goes on as verdict delayed over death of Lytham dad

The wait goes on for answers over the death of a Lytham dad whose family claim he would have survived had he been given the medical help he needed.
Janet Williams with her sons Lee and Philip

‘We weren’t told it may harm our children’

A mum whose two children were born with disabilities, because of a drug she took to control her epilepsy, has welcomed government plans to partially ban the controversial treatment.
Majid Shehzan wants the government to fund a potentially life-saving treatment for his daughter Saffa.

Saffa’s parents in a race against time after NHS delays drug which could halt her terminal illness

The parents of a girl with a rare terminal illness have been left reeling after the NHS delayed a decision on whether to approve a wonder drug which could halt the condition.

Dominic Gething, Senior Paramedic, and University of Cumbria student (left), Susan Rhind and Dave Warrington, Senior Paramedic, with the new hat kits

Sue’s tiny hats help save lives

It’s hats off to paramedic Susan Rhind for her pioneering work to help save the lives of the region’s newborn babies.


Did you know this month is Zombie Awareness Month?

Zombie Awareness Month is a campaign to bring awareness about zombies and the possibility of a future zombie apocalypse
Coun Azhar Ali

Virgin health contract legal row continues

The latest court hearing has concluded in the legal challenge to the controversial decision to hand over some of Lancashire’s health services to a private company.

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