North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust ‘requires improvement’

Lancashire’s ambulance service has been ordered to improve its safety standards.


Blackpool’s GP shortage got worse last year

Blackpool still has fewer GPs than elsewhere in the country.

Shelly Woods after winning the Women's Elite wheelchair race of the 2015 Morrisons Great North Run, Newcastle.

Women urged to get active with free pass

Blackpool has secured a £4,800 grant to help young women to take up exercise.

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Adam with his brother and sister

Meet the mum who turned tragedy into helping other people

Brian House staff nurse Janet Miller has a unique perspective on the care the hospice provides.

Protect Chorley and South Ribble Hospital against cuts and privatisation Group  protests outside County Hall

Why do we face a £572m funding shortfall in Lancashire and South Cumbria... despite having poorest health in the country?

Health and care bosses have predicted a £572m spending shortfall in their budgets across Lancashire and South Cumbria by 2020/21.

‘Maintaining current system is unrealistic and dangerous’

‘Maintaining current system is unrealistic and dangerous’

A lack of Government support has been blamed for mounting pressure on local NHS services.

Dr Amanda Doyle

‘We are keen to improve local services’

Health chiefs in Lancashire and South Cumbria admit local people deserve much better health care and without it lives could be lost.

Ambulances queuing outside Royal Preston Hospital. A queue of nine ambulances was spotted on Boxing Day, and paramedics reported a wait of up to 90 minutes to hand over patients

Ambulance service order to improve by inspectors

Lancashire’s ambulance service has been ordered to improve its safety standards after an inspection.

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Lifehouse, Lytham

Lancashire recommends... health food stores

As people use January to detox, here is a list of the best health food stores, as voted by readers.

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‘The only thing you see is you’ - former addict opens up about booze battle

Sitting in a quiet, out-of-season resort hotel’s bar, just yards away from the bright lights of the Coral Island arcade, John looks like a typical grandfather on holiday.

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The fundraising launch of Bodypump 100 at Village Hotel Blackpool

Strength in numbers to help future generations

A hundred people lifted, pressed, squatted and sweated their way to raising money for a good cause.

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Appeal for O negative donors

Appeal for O negative donors

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.

Jennifer Aldridge

Chance to hear of changes in NHS services

Fylde and Wyre residents will hear about the progress made to change the face of local NHS services when health bosses go on the road next month.

A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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.

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