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Four East Lancashire boroughs in England’s ‘top six’ for drug deaths

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:49am Monday 22nd September 2014

A FORMER addict has warned of the increasing use of heroin in East Lancashire, after four boroughs appeared in England’s ‘top six’ for drug deaths.

East Lancs patients with Parkinson's to get help from specialist nurse

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:10pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PARKINSON’s disease patients are set to benefit from a specialist nurse for the first time, after years of campaigning to fund the post in East Lancashire.

East Lancs hospital bosses turn down opportunity to settle 10 negligence claims

Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital

2:51pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

HEALTH bosses have rejected a deal to settle 10 negligence claims against the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals.

East Lancs hospital chief: Staff need TLC

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:02pm Friday 12th September 2014

ONE of Kevin McGee’s priorities will be ‘putting an arm around’ beleaguered staff at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, after what has been the most difficult year in the organisation’s history.

Thousands living with dementia in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:58pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A CHARITY has highlighted the ‘huge impact’ that dementia is having across East Lancashire, with nearly 6,300 people now suffering from the condition.

STRETCHED: Fire engines forced to take East Lancs patients to hospital

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:18am Wednesday 10th September 2014

AMBULANCE resources have become so stretched that fire engines have been forced to take some patients to hospital.

New health drive over e-cigarettes

Lancashire Telegraph: E-cigarettes "just another way of smoking" warn health chiefs

11:35am Monday 8th September 2014

EXTRA education is proposed for e-cigarettes and shisha smoking as part of a £200,000 anti-tobacco drive for young people in Lancashire.

East Lancs child obesity at crisis proportion

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:51pm Friday 5th September 2014

DOCTORS have called for an emergency ‘Cobra-style’ taskforce to tackle an imminent childhood obesity crisis.

Padiham Practice to upgrade its services and add junior doctor

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MAJOR refurbishment work is set to begin at an award-winning doctors’ surgery in Padiham next week, which should make it easier for patients to make an appointment.

East Lancashire health trust and boss face legal battles

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:48am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A HEALTH trust in East Lancashire is embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with a former chief executive who left after just 13 months at the helm.

East Lancs heart disease teen backs national campaign

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A BARNOLDSWICK teenager born with congenital heart disease is backing a national campaign.

Hospital bosses told to slash cost of parking

Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital

11:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

HOSPITAL bosses have been told to slash the cost of parking for certain groups of patients, under new government guidelines.

'Shocking' new figures show babies and toddlers taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with alcohol poisoning

Lancashire Telegraph: COMMENT - Boy 10, admits headbutting teacher - but we can't tell you where

9:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014

DOZENS of babies and toddlers have been taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with alcohol poisoning, according to ‘shocking’ new figures.

'Deep concerns' over East Lancs ambulance response times

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

10:27am Tuesday 26th August 2014

‘SERIOUS concerns’ have again been raised about the poor ambulance response times in rural parts of East Lancashire.

Shock at East Lancs cot-death statistics

Lancashire Telegraph: ROCK-A-BYE: It is important that new parents are aware of guidelines for reducing the risk of cot death

5:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

East Lancashire has some of the highest rates of cot death in England.

Blackburn medics could fly to conflict zones

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

SEVERAL medics at the Royal Blackburn Hospital could soon be drafted into conflict zones around the world after offering their services to the Army reserve unit.

£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.


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