Youngsters' Van Gogh project

Youngsters focused on a famous figure from history to learn more about how to tackle mental illness.
Hospital bosses hope a smartphone app will cut the cost of employing locum doctors

Smartphone app to cut cost of doctors

Hospital bosses are to use a hi-tech solution to help cut the cost of locum medical staff.

Bikers delivering toys to Brian House Children's Hospice after a previous toy run

Bikers revving up to deliver presents

A convoy of bikers will be making their way through Blackpool on Sunday to bring festive smiles to seriously ill children.
Breastfeeding can provide comfort and security, even as a toddler

Breastfeeding beyond the age of two: What are the benefits?

Mothers who choose to nurse for longer are often criticised - but is this fair? We speak to some key supporters about 'full-term' breastfeeding.
Ambulance crews left queuing up to admit patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital last year. Tuesdays issue with delays was not as severe, The Gazette understands

Ambulance apology over hour long wait at Blackpool crash

Ambulance staff have apologised to two men who were left waiting for over an hour with potential head and spinal injuries after they were involved in a crash in Blackpool.
The plants are on sale in Asda until January.

Could pineapple plants be the cure for snoring nightmare?

It's an issue that has been causing couples to argue for generations. But now Asda have come up with a solution that could help those who are driven to distraction by their partner snoring.
The new unit is sited next to Blackpool Vics A&E department

New unit to reduce pressure on Blackpool Victoria's A&E

A new unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital will ease pressure on A&E staff dealing with people with mental health difficulties.
Mary Dowling

Key NHS meeting open to public

Residents of Fylde and Wyre have been invited to see local NHS decision-making in action.

Nick Knowles and Laurence Llwelyn-Bowen from DIY SOS with the young carers

What a difference a year makes...

One year ago the DIY SOS changed the lives of Blackpool carers beyond their wildest dreams. Today, JACQUI MORLEY takes a look at the lasting legacy of Children in Need in the resort

Listening to soothing ASMR sounds

What is ASMR and why is everyone obsessed with it?

A new relaxation phenomenon is sweeping the internet. Here, we unpick the science behind these viral sounds and visuals.
People are being encouraged to join the National Elf Service to raise vital funds for Blackpool Victoria Hospitals in-house charity.

Fancy joining the National Elf Service?

People are being encouraged to join the ‘National Elf Service’ to raise vital funds for Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s in-house charity.


Climbing high to beat the lows

A man who climbed the UK’s highest mountain every day for a month to help combat his depression says the outdoors has saved his life.


What is causing sane people to see things that are not there?

Carol Bellard-Thomson, newly 70, is thinking of naming her ‘pet’ lizard.

West Lancs Freemasons have donated medals to children in A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.  Back row L-R are Duncan Smith, Harry Cox, Dr Jomel George, Hugh Mett and Peter Gunn.  Front row L-R Lauren Codling from Blue Skies, staff nurse Jacqui Smith, family liason Joanne Gunn and staff nurse Angela Mason.

Medals will bring a smile to poorly kids

Children putting on a brave face at Blackpool A&E will be rewarded with shiny medals.

An artist's impression of how the new Kirkham and Wesham Primary Care Centre would look (Pic: Fylde and Wyre CCG)

Nine in 10 back moving two doctors’ surgeries into new £6m health centre

Eighty-nine per cent of 1,191 people surveyed by health bosses backed the moving of two doctors’ surgeries in Kirkham and Wesham into a new £6m state-of-the-art health centre.

The NHS aims to admit or discharge 95% of patients within four hours

Hospitals face predicted worst-ever A&E waiting times this winter

Hospitals could see the worst ever performance for A&E waiting times this winter, a think tank has warned.
Andy Cole on Ben Nevis

I would not be here without the outdoors, says Blackpool mountain climber

A forklift driver from Blackpool who climbed the UK's highest mountain every day for a month to help combat his depression says the outdoors has saved his life.

Pudsey Bear and Matt Baker stop off at John's Cross C of E School in Bilsborrow for the Rickshaw Challenge

Pudsey's Rickshaw Challenge visits pupils in Bilsborrow

Pupils at a Bilsborrow school were thrilled to meet Pudsey Bear as the famous charity mascot stopped off during The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge.

OAP wakes from coma weeks after gas explosion in Blackpool

A pensioner who cheated death when her house exploded has woken up from her coma, her lodger and close friend said.

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