Blackpool’s A&E ‘on verge of collapse’ as 12-hour waits double

The number of people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital doubled in the last year.

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Health store

Where are the best health stores?

Selling anything from vitamins, protein shakes, nuts and vegetables health stores are a useful place to stock up on the essentials.

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A woman taking part in Reiki healing exercise

Alternative treatment no longer offered at Vic

Reiki is no longer being offered to cancer patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, it has been revealed.

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Katie Lander with Samuel Hudson

New neonatal room opens at Victoria hospital

A new family room is now available to use on the neonatal unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A delicious-looking meal

How to banish Blue Monday doldrums

It’s the most depressing day of the year - but what can YOU do to beat the Monday blues?

Police and abulance services on Coronation Street. Picture by Agnes Ashe

‘Verbally abusive’ man tried to enter ambulance

A man became aggressive and tried to force his way onto an ambulance.

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Professor Alastair Sloan

Poulton professor is dentistry dean

A Wyre-born professor has been awarded a prestigious position at a well-known university.

A delighted Becky Halliwell and Andy Halliwell

Baby delight for couple who refused to give up

A woman who was warned she may never have children because she was overweight is expecting her first baby after shedding more than three stone.

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The Harbour in Blackpool

Mental health provider gets ‘good’ rating

The health group responsible for running The Harbour in Marton and mental health services across the county has been rated ‘good’ by inspectors.

Cally Ward from Beaverbrooks the Jewellers hands over a cheque for �1,300 to David Eaton, Service Manager from the CAMHS team, watched by members of the Accounts and Finance Team.

Jeweller’s gift to child mental health service

Staff from a St Annes business have donated more than £1,000 to help youngsters across the Fylde coast.

Mary Lowe and son Paul Aspinall

LIFE-SAVER: Grandmother praises Vic’s heart surgeon

A pensioner who was told she would die if she didn’t have an urgent and dangerous operation has spoken of her ordeal.

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Appeal for O negative donors to give blood as stocks fall

Eligible blood donors across the Fylde coast who are O Rh negative (O negative) are being asked give blood to help rebuild stocks of these groups.

Heather Parkinson with her fiance Patrick Goulden with pet dogs

June wedding cheers brave woman who has been fighting cancer

Heather Parkinson has spent the last 15 years fighting cancer after first being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19.

One of the helpline's workers

Plea for helpers ahead of most depressing day

Residents have been asked to spare four hours a fortnight to offer a listening ear to people with mental health problems.

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Daniel Sutcliff

Coach’s Aussie skydive in honour of pal

A football coach from Garstang currently working in Australia is planning a sponsored sky-dive down under to raise funds for a Lancashire-based charity set up following the death of a friend.

The annual Lytham St Annes Lions Swimarathon at St Annes YMCA Pool.

Swim day cash aim for Brian House

Lytham St Annes Lions will be supporting Brian House children’s hospice at their 31st annual swimarathon later this month – and there is still chance to take part.

Luke Carter

Family’s thanks for £16k operation cash

An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is set for a life-changing operation.

Toni Roethling left her role to care for her mentally ill daughter

Poulton headteacher backs health reform

A headteacher who quit her job to care for her mentally ill daughter has welcomed reforms announced by Theresa May.

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Motivated Fitness, Tarleton

Lancashire recommends.... top independent gyms

As January appears to be the month where gyms experience the highest amount of new joiners, we take a look at the most popular independent gyms in the area.

Guide dog owner Robert Greggor with Angel

Why going to the dogs makes such good scents

Not all emergency workers or carers are human, as MEGAN TITLEY discovers after meeting some of the county’s most amazing hounds, who work as assistance dogs, rescue animals and trackers.

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