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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.

East Lancashire health services given seasonal boost

Lancashire Telegraph: Wards come under increased pressure in winter

4:40pm Friday 27th December 2013

HEALTH and social care services across East Lancashire have received a seasonal boost, in the form of a package of special winter measures to deal with increased demand for treatment.

East Lancashire doctors ready for festive rush

12:00pm Thursday 26th December 2013

CHRISTMAS Day may be over, but for medical professionals in East Lancashire, their festive rush is just beginning.

Colne mum calls for meningitis jab

1:50pm Thursday 19th December 2013

THE MOTHER of a toddler who was struck down by meningitis at five months old is calling for a new vaccine to be offered for free on the NHS.

East Lancashire Hospitals Trust 'ahead in providing weekend care'

6:00pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

EAST Lancashire hospital chiefs say they are ahead of other trusts in providing weekend care.

Accolades for University of Central Lancashire staff

12:16pm Monday 16th December 2013

A UNIVERSITY has seen its key managers awarded higher level qualifications.

Festive warning to East Lancashire prescriptions patients

12:14pm Monday 16th December 2013

PEOPLE with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions before Christmas.

East Lancashire health surgery patients have 'nothing to worry about' say doctors

Lancashire Telegraph: Dr Malcolm Ridgeway

2:00pm Friday 13th December 2013

EAST Lancashire health chiefs have moved to reassure patients after a watchdog found a third of GP surgeries in England had failed at least one basic standard.

NHS given £5,000 to send patients skiing in Rossendale

Lancashire Telegraph: Debbie Nash in a ski seat, with Dr Mike Ions, left, and Dr Peter Williams

12:30pm Friday 13th December 2013

THOUSANDS of people hurt themselves skiing every year, but now NHS chiefs believe the sport can actually help people recover from injuries.

Swab left inside patient at Burnley General Hospital

Lancashire Telegraph: PLEA Burnley General Hospital

6:00am Thursday 12th December 2013

A SWAB was left inside a woman’s body after surgery, it has been revealed.

Urgent cancer patients' waiting times slip in East Lancashire

11:02am Wednesday 11th December 2013

NHS chiefs are concerned about the number of ‘urgent’ cancer patients being forced to wait longer than two months for treatment.

Family of terminally-ill boy left devastated

Lancashire Telegraph: Top, McCauley’s dad Wayne, Jade and Drew Farquhar with baby Rory and Chelsea. Bottom, Cody, McCauley and mum Catherine

6:00pm Monday 9th December 2013

THE family of a terminally-ill boy is devastated after being told two more children have the same brain condition.

University honour for Langho ex-paramedic

Lancashire Telegraph: Adrian Conboy with his Honorary Fellowship

4:00pm Monday 9th December 2013

A RETIRED Langho paramedic has received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire after a 34-year career.

Accrington care home nurse wins award

6:02pm Sunday 8th December 2013

A SENIOR nurse at an Accrington care home has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse.

East Lancs NHS chief quits with immediate effect

Lancashire Telegraph: Mark Brearley

5:30pm Friday 6th December 2013

THE chief executive of East Lancashire’s troubled hospital trust has ‘stood down’ with immediate effect.



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