A hospital team which has seen a massive expansion over the last five years is in the running for a top award.
Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s clinical haematology department has been twice nominated for a Gazette-backed Celebrating Success award in the Clinical Team of the Year category. Nominating the department, the Vic’s stem cell transplant specialist nurse Sarah Royal said: “During the past five years the service has expanded from a local haematology services to a tertiary haematology centre for Lancashire and South Cumbria. “In the past 12 months we have also started taking referrals from East Lancashire trusts. “During this time the team has made a real difference to patient care and has strived to raise standards on the unit and improve the quality and safety of care provided.” The department provides chemotherapy and stem cell transplants to patients with aggressive blood cancers. If it was to win the award, the department would be able to spend its prize money on brightening up the patient’s rooms to help influence their moods. The department was also nominated by the haematology and oncology quality manager Natalie Parsons. She said: “The service has grown to be one of the largest in the UK despite relatively limited resources. The team is committed to research and has a large and active programme of recruitment to clinical trials. “The feedback from patients is overwhelmingly positive.”