‘Why we’re taking a christmas picnic to our mum, who suffers from dementia’

NEW research by the Alzheimer’s Society today reveals more than half of people affected by dementia find Christmas to be the most isolating time of the year. But one Lancashire family have arranged an alternative Christmas for their loved one, to make the festive period more special

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Pupils at Devonshire Road Primary School in 2013, when the scheme was launched

‘Free breakfasts will make resort youngsters fat’, councillor claims

Blackpool’s free breakfast scheme for youngsters could be adding to the town’s weight problem, a councillor has claimed.

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The gifts are piling up at Blue Skies, ready to be handed out on Christmas Day.

Gifts galore – but we need more

It’s a good start – but there’s still a long way to go!

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Staff shortage blamed for eye clinic shame

Staff sickness and the departure of a consultant were to blame for more than 12,000 cancelled eye clinic appointments, Blackpool Victoria Hospital bosses have claimed.

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Cutting the ribbon at helpline’s new home

A helpline for the UK’s most vulnerable people celebrated its move to a sparkling new office with a £600,000 cash boost.

Edward Dee taking part in a challenge for the school last year

Fylde school’s tribute to tragic Edward

A school is to launch a fund-raising campaign in memory of an 10-year-old pupil who died of suspected meningitis.

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Robert Farrington, 65, with his dad, Arthur, 91.

My dad survived cancer... so can I

A great-grandfather who was told he has incurable cancer is determined to defy the odds – inspired by his own dad’s fight against the disease.

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Accident and Emergency (A&E) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Parent took child to Blackpool A&E because of dog muck on shoes...

One in five people turning up at Accident and Emergency at Blackpool Victoria Hospital don’t need to be there, The Gazette can reveal today.

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Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Vic’s promise as estates department is split into subsidiary company

The estates department at Blackpool’s hospital trust is to become a subsidiary company in a move bosses hope will save up to £2.5 million a year in tax, it has emerged.

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Fence at Clifton Primary School, Clitheroe Road, St Annes.

March planned for tragic boy

A young boy who died from suspected meningitis at the weekend has been named.

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12,000 cancelled eye appointments putting patients’ sight at risk

An average of 33 eye clinic appointments were cancelled at Blackpool Victoria Hospital every day last year – a figure experts say is putting people’s eye-sight at risk.

Clifton Primary School, Clitheroe Road, St Annes.

Schoolboy dies from suspected meningitis

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

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Health chiefs at loggerheads over ambulatory unit bill

A row has broken out over who is going to foot the bill for a new ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

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.

Staff from agencies previously on the site of the Night Safe Haven

Night Safe Haven is re-introduced

Blackpool and Poulton’s ‘Night Safe Haven’ – a mobile treatment centre and safe place for party goers – is reopening on weekends throughout December.

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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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