A company that runs two hospitals on the Fylde coast is celebrating after picking up a coveted award.
Spiral Health, which looks after hospitals in Bispham and Rossall, has been named Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year.
Bosses say the community interest company has saved the NHS millions of pounds since becoming the first social enterprise to take over one of its hospitals in April 2012.
The award was given out by the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network (Selnet).
Tracey Bush, Spiral’s chief executive, said: “We have wonderful staff and volunteers and this award win just confirms what I already knew, that they are the best social enterprise team in the region.
“I truly believe that social enterprise has a role in the provision of local healthcare.
“At Spiral Health we have an energised work force which owns the company and cares about its reputation.
“Ultimately, we are judged by the quality of care we provide and patient feedback has been exceptional – 100 per cent of our patients would recommend us to friends and family.”
Spiral employs 80 people and cared for around 900 patients last year.
It has previously been shortlisted for major national awards for its work and its innovations – including a pioneering ‘physiotherapy at home’ programme that helped alleviate pressure on Blackpool Victoria Hospital during busy periods – which have earned special praise.