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Psychiatric patients sent out of Lancashire cost the NHS £4m last year

A lack of beds at Lancashire’s mental health trust saw patients being sent as far away as Somerset, it can be revealed.

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Benjamin Brooks

Tribunal rules on Lytham pervert doctor

A perverted doctor who admitted sex attacks on young girls faces being struck off.

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Eve Wheeler, in her 90s, with granddaughter Lucy and her great grand children, after moving into her own flat in London after winning her battle with diabetes.

‘How mum defied the doctors – and diabetes – to live to 94’

Faced with the effects of two decades of diabetes, former Blackpool photographer Eve Wheeler made her peace with the idea of dying when she was in her 80s.

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A huge yellow crane moved onto the building site at Park Community Academy, where a new five-classroom block is being built. It will be used to hoist up steelwork for the building's frame. (Picture: Park Community Academy/Twitter: @ParkSchoolBPL)

‘Good progress’ by builders at Blackpool school

The foundations have been laid as building work at a Blackpool school continues.

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REVEALED: The ten WORST GP surgeries in Blackpool according to patients

The lowest rated GP surgeries in Blackpool have been revealed, based on ratings by patients responding to official NHS Choices surveys - how does yours compare?

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Vicky Nash, with partner David Robinson, is hoping to beat her health problems.

“I’m crowdfunding to help with rare health conditions”

A woman struggling with a series of debilitating health problems which have ruined her quality of life has thanked those who have helped after she launched a fund-raising campaign to try and get treatment.

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Joanne and Paul with their family

‘Paul thought he had flu... he died of sepsis 24 hours later’

When Paul Mitton started to feel poorly with a high temperature and aching limbs, he assumed he had a touch of flu and went to bed to sleep it off.

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Joyce Blagbrough, 71, of knott End, was left laying in the mud for 3 hours waiting for an ambulance after she fell while walking her dog. Neighbours had to give her blankets and hot water bottles to keep warm in the freezing cold.

Grandma’s three-hour 999 wait

A Knott End grandma was forced to endure agonising pain and freezing winds during a three-hour wait for an ambulance after falling and tearing a tendon in her leg.

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Blackpool Victoria Hospital's new discharge facilitators, Ian Worthington and Dan Standring

New team brought in at Vic to discharge patients faster and put a stop to bed blocking

Blackpool Victoria Hospital is hiring a new team of workers to free-up beds by discharged patients who are ready to go home.

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Blackpool care home: We can’t afford to pay staff minimum wage

Care homes for mental health patients are facing closure amid a row over social care funding.

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Fish cakes recalled over fears they contain pieces of metal

Fish cakes recalled over fears they contain pieces of metal

A major frozen food producer is recalling packets of fish cakes over fears they could contain pieces of metal and plastic.
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More medicine prescriptions face being axed as part of huge cost-cutting mission

Prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines such as paracetemol could be scrapped as part of a national cash-saving mission.

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Ambulance crews working ‘flat out’ after service is branded ‘shambles’

Ambulance crews are working ‘flat out’ but delays outside packed hospitals mean they sometimes only get to three or four jobs in a night, it has been claimed.

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Campaign launched to save NHS cash

A health campaign is being launched urging parents to treat their local pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses in their children, instead of visiting their GP or A&E.

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Graham Ward and Lindy Elliott are both involved with Blind Veterans UK

“We’re so lucky to have met”

Love may be blind but a shared loss of sight is what brought this devoted couple together.

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Little Freddie Neil, who died aged just four weeks old

Booze a factor in one in three hurt child cases

Parental drinking is linked to more than one in three cases of the death or serious injury of a child through neglect or abuse in England, a new study has shown.

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Mandy Richardson, Sharon Hartley, Ann Boardman and Emily Hanson

Catterall fund-raisers lead an army for The Matthew Hesmondhalgh Memorial Fund in Garstang

A team of fund-raisers will be taking on an epic climbing challenge in Yorkshire to raise funds for two local charities.
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Clare Law, child development expert at Blackpool Better Start

Blackpool's Better Start down Under mission to help resort children

A Blackpool expert in child development is heading to Australia to learn more about practices which could help families in the resort.

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How to ‘Act FAST’ if a loved one has a stroke

How to ‘Act FAST’ if a loved one has a stroke

People living across the Fylde coast have been urged to ‘Act FAST’ if they suspect a friend or loved one is having a stroke.

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Some social media users disagreed with the rule change

Secondary school pupils told their finger nails must not exceed certain length

A secondary school has introduced a new rule in which its students are not permitted to grow their finger nails longer than 1.5cm.

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