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£1million boost for cancer care in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:54am Wednesday 20th August 2014

CHARITY bosses have announced a new £1 million fund to boost cancer care in East Lancashire, in a bid to tackle some of the worst ‘death rates’ for the condition in England.

Furnishing rooms to help elderly in homes dismissed as a total gimmick

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:56pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

CARE homes have been told to furnish residents’ rooms with their own bedsheets, curtains and furniture in a bid to make them less “austere and alien”.

My daughter will die without treatment, says desperate Blackburn mum

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

A DESPERATE mum has warned that her anorexic daughter ‘will die’ if she does not receive more help from the NHS.

New East Lancs medics’ NHS shadowing period ‘could save lives’

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:20pm Thursday 7th August 2014

ALMOST 200 young doctors started their training at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals yesterday, beginning a crucial shadowing period which ‘could potentially save lives’.

Emergency response to spike in Lancashire 999 calls

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

AMBULANCE staff have seen a massive spike in the number of 999 calls in Lancashire this summer, leaving them struggling to reach patients with the most critical conditions.

North West ambulance strike called off

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire's critical care patients at risk following ambulance figures

2:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

AMBULANCE workers have called off industrial action which was planned to start this week — after concessions were made in a dispute over expenses and staffing cover.

NHS pays out £2.5m to East Lancs private hospitals

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

PRIVATE hospitals have received more than £2.5million for treating East Lancashire NHS patients since 2012, compared to just £83,000 in the previous two years.

Latest figures show improvements in dental health across East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Friday 18th July 2014

MORE than 1,250 youngsters in East Lancashire had to have decayed teeth pulled out in hospital in 2012/2013, new figures have revealed.

East Lancs hospital workers thanked for dedication and loyalty

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley General Hospital sent remains to the crematorium

1:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

MORE than 180 health workers have been thanked for their ‘loyalty’ to the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals.

East Lancs parents urged to look for signs of diabetes in children

Lancashire Telegraph: Testing the blood sugar level - part of monitoring potentially serious type-1 diabetes.

2:23pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

PARENTS are being urged to look out for the signs of diabetes after a review showed high numbers of children are being taken to the Royal Black- burn Hospital with dangerously low insulin levels.

East Lancs hospital bosses in moves to cut errors

Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital

11:19am Wednesday 11th June 2014

HOSPITAL bosses said they have taken steps to reduce the number of prescription errors made at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General. Chief nurse Christine Pearson told board members at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: “A recurring theme in medicines incidents is that of incorrect prescribing for inpatients due to errors made during the initial admission process.

East Lancs birthing units ‘set standard’

Lancashire Telegraph: The visitors with new mums Claire Dobson (left) and Joanne Atkins with midwives and Sheena Byrom (second right) and Beverley Turner, (second left),

4:57pm Friday 23rd May 2014

EAST Lancashire’s birthing units are ‘setting the standard’ for the rest of the country, according to a TV presenter and health campaigner.

23 per cent of deaths ‘avoidable’

Lancashire Telegraph: HIV charity Herts Aid welcomes legalisation of home testing kits

1:22pm Friday 9th May 2014

ALMOST a quarter of the deaths in England and Wales could potentially be avoided, figures show.

Online tool lets site users face dementia

Lancashire Telegraph: How to live  well  with  dementia

1:21pm Friday 9th May 2014

FACEBOOK users have been invited to experience what it is like to live with dementia.

Infection killed knee op woman from Langho

Lancashire Telegraph: Agnes Goodwin

9:48am Thursday 10th April 2014

A WOMAN who died after undergoing knee replacement surgery may have survived if medical staff had intervened earlier to treat a resulting infection, an inquest heard.

Hospital staff teach youngsters importance of hygiene

Lancashire Telegraph: OVER AND OVER: Sufferers of OCD feel compelled to repeat rituals, such as locking doors, checking windows and washing hands. In the case of Echo reporter Ian Noble, it is a compulsion to check he hasn’t dropped something

11:48am Thursday 20th March 2014

STAFF from Beardwood Hospital visited Westholme Infant School to teach pupils the importance of hand washing and germ control.

Worry over 'high asthma rates' in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: Asthma is putting an increasing number of children in hospital

1:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

‘EXTREMELY worrying’ figures have revealed East Lancashire has some of the highest hospital admission rates for asthma attacks among children.

FEATURE: Bringing East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust out of special measures

Lancashire Telegraph: Duncan McLoughlin, Vikki McLoughlin and Catherine Marshall

9:00am Monday 24th March 2014

BURNLEY General Hospital controversially lost its emergency ward in 2007, but has since become established as East Lancashire’s main centre for planned surgery, from routine hip or knee replacements to mastectomies.

Happy birth days at Blackburn's maternity unit

Lancashire Telegraph: Gillian Parker-Evans (centre) and other staff celebrating the milestone

4:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

MORE than 3,000 women have now had their babies delivered safely at Blackburn’s Birthing Centre since it opened in September 2010.

East Lancs nurses and doctor share expertise to treat India’s cleft patients

Lancashire Telegraph: The nursing team which travelled to India from East Lancashire

2:12pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

FIVE nurses and a doctor have returned from India having given ‘life-changing treatment’ to children with cleft lips and palate deformities.

Surge in demand for MRI scans in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: On-call NHS staff to get parking permits

1:00pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

HUNDREDS of NHS patients are being sent to private hospitals for MRI scans due to a surge in demand.

We’re nursing sickly hospital back to the best of health

Lancashire Telegraph: Stephanie Houlker, Janet Hoyle and Joanne Walmsley.

3:43pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

The last year has been difficult for East Lancashire’s hospitals, with the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General being placed in ‘special measures’. Yet despite the criticisms, much excellent care is given by thousands of nurses, medics and support staff, who work hard over long hours. In a series of features, starting today with the Royal Blackburn Hospital, LAWRENCE DUNHILL meets some of these unsung heroes MATRON Lianne Robinson aims to play a crucial role in driving improvements, after being drafted into Blackburn’s much-maligned emergency department in October.

East Lancashire hospitals blasted for use of zero-hour contracts

Lancashire Telegraph: Zero-hours contracts mean staff do not know how many hours a week they will be able to work

4:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

THE Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals have been criticised for their use of controversial zero-hours contracts, which have increased nearly five-fold in the last three years.

Health and social care staff in East Lancashire to retrain

Lancashire Telegraph: Tim Mansfield

9:00pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

HEALTH and social care workers are set to be retrained’ so they can better understand the others’ roles.

Older women cancer alert in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: A pink ribbon breast cancer research badge

6:00pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

ELDERLY women have been told to be more aware of the dangers of breast cancer.

Bid for Hyndburn weekend surgery openings

Lancashire Telegraph: Accrington Victoria protesters

3:26pm Friday 31st January 2014

DOCTORS in Hyndburn are hoping to offer weekend appointments as they bid for part of a £50million government fund.

East Lancs holistic care scheme may go national

11:08am Wednesday 29th January 2014

A PIONEERING project which offers more ‘holistic’ care to GP patients in East Lancashire could be expanded to other parts of England.

East Lancashire patients fail to turn up for operations

5:00pm Friday 24th January 2014

HUNDREDS of patients are failing to turn up for planned hospital operations each year – putting extra strain on NHS staff and causing delays.

A&E improves but Royal Blackburn Hospital still being monitored

Lancashire Telegraph: Royal Blackburn Hospital

5:30pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

THE emergency department at the Royal Blackburn Hospital has made several improvements in recent months, according to a health regulator.

Elderly day care services face the axe in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: APPROVED: The development will see the construction of 50 apartments for the elderly requiring vary degrees of care.

5:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

DAYTIME support services in East Lancashire are set to be merged or axed – amid claims of a poor take-up by senior citizens.

Professor Eileen Fairhurst appointment 'baffles' health watchdog

5:16pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

HEALTH watchdog Sir Bill Taylor said he was ‘baffled’ by the appointment of Professor Eileen Fairhurst as the new chairman of East Lancashire’s hospital trust.

Plastic surgeon talk at st Lancashire Breast Care Support Group

5:15pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

A PLASTIC surgeon will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of East Lancashire Breast Care Support Group.

Lancashire patient's favorite health workers votes wanted

5:14pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

PATIENTS in Lancashire have been urged to vote for their favourite health workers.

Dee returns to health trust as nursing chief at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Telegraph: On-call NHS staff to get parking permits

10:00pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

A NEW director of nursing, quality and government at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed.

‘Public engagement’ campaign launched by Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals

Lancashire Telegraph: Royal Blackburn Hospital

10:30am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

THE Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals will tomorrow launch a ‘public engagement’ campaign to gather suggestions on how services can be improved.

Blackburn doctor’s conduct probed after death

Lancashire Telegraph: Royal Blackburn Hospital

12:00pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

AN investigation was launched into an East Lancashire doctor after a Lancashire Telegraph report on the death of a new-born baby boy.

Flu vaccine reminder for East Lancashire patients

4:26pm Monday 20th January 2014

HEALTH chiefs have reminded those who are eligible for their free winter flu vaccines and boosters to visit their doctor or pharmacy.

Savings booster for air rescuers

2:40pm Monday 20th January 2014

SAVERS at Furness Building Society have now raised more than £800,000 for the North West Air Ambulance.

Shock rise in East Lancashire suicide rates

8:00pm Friday 17th January 2014

NEW figures showed an increase in the ‘suicide rate’ of mental health patients in Lancashire over the last eight years.

New chair of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust urged to end ‘top down culture’

Lancashire Telegraph: Eileen Fairhurst

10:30am Friday 17th January 2014

THE new chairman of East Lancashire’s troubled hospitals has been urged to end their ‘top down culture’.

Volunteer and be a whizz-kid to help Lancashire charity

2:10pm Friday 17th January 2014

A NATIONAL charity which supports young disabled people to get independent and active in Lancashire is celebrating its volunteers – and calling for more local people to get involved.

East Lancashire hospitals payments to temporary doctors decreases

Lancashire Telegraph: Royal Blackburn Hospital

8:30pm Thursday 16th January 2014

THE cost of paying doctors for temporary work at accident and emergency units has decreased in East Lancashire hospitals, bucking the national trend.

East Lancs health bosses hopeful that improved services will prevent repeat A&E visits

Lancashire Telegraph: On-call NHS staff to get parking permits

3:53pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

HEALTH commissioners are hopeful that improved services will help prevent patients from repeatedly turning up at hospital unnecessarily.

Balcony bid set to solve Burnley General Hospital AWOLs

Lancashire Telegraph: PLEA Burnley General Hospital

3:00pm Monday 13th January 2014

A FRESH air balcony at a mental health unit in Burnley could solve problems with patients going ‘absent without leave’.

‘Good progress over hospitals’ in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: Royal Blackburn Hospital

1:00pm Monday 13th January 2014

THE Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals have been in special measures for nearly six months now, but bosses insist they have made good progress on addressing the problems.

‘Some A&E patients should not be charged’ says Russ McLean

Lancashire Telegraph: Russ McLean

10:33am Monday 13th January 2014

PATIENTS’ champion Russ McLean said he would oppose the idea of charging patients for some A&E visits.

Volunteer blood bikers save East Lancashire NHS thousands

Lancashire Telegraph: Volunteer blood bikers save East Lancashire NHS thousands

6:30pm Friday 10th January 2014

VOLUNTEER motorcyclists are transporting blood samples between hospitals in East Lancashire, saving the NHS thousands per year.

Blackburn Hospital 'no comment' after pensioner death

Lancashire Telegraph: Royal Blackburn Hospital

10:10am Wednesday 8th January 2014

BOSSES at the Royal Blackburn Hospital said it was be ‘inappropriate to comment’ on the death of a pensioner three days after being discharged.

East Lancashire ambulances missing serious response target by 50 per cent

Lancashire Telegraph: Ambulance stations are understaffed, say some campaigners

10:10am Thursday 2nd January 2014

AMBULANCES called out on the most serious emergencies are missing their response target in more than half the wards in East Lancashire.

Blackburn doctor takes the natural way to health

Lancashire Telegraph: Dr Dos Adele at his clinic in Blackburn

4:17pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

PATIENTS are travelling from as far as New York and Oslo to seek out a Blackburn doctor’s alternative cures.

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