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Health bosses refuse UKIP request to allow patients to use e-cigarettes

Health bosses refuse UKIP request to allow patients to use e-cigarettes

TASTY ASSESSMENT: Catering assistant Christine Fielding at Royal Blackburn Hospital’s kitchens

Hospitals in Blackburn and Burnley praised for standards of cleanliness

FUTURE: Burnley’s new medical school will have a cohort of 35 students when it opens

New Burnley medical school set to open its doors

OPPOSITION: E-cigarettes should not be made available on prescription, according to one business owner. Picture posed by model

E-cigs on the NHS slammed by Lancashire businessman

STUDY: Electronic cigarettes are not encouraging young people to take up smoking, it has been claimed

E-cigs don’t lead to young people taking up smoking

JOINT PAIN: Top tips for beating musculoskeletal issues

JOINT PAIN: Top tips for beating musculoskeletal issues

MAJOR ISSUE: Thousands of people across East Lancashire suffer from chronic breathing problems

Calls for more investment as stats show North West has highest rate of illness

High risk of cancer in north west

High risk of cancer in north west

Over-70s targeted in new breast cancer campaign

Over-70s targeted in new breast cancer campaign

ROLE: Dr Damian Riley

Former GP takes over as East Lancashire Hospital Trust’s new medical director

NEWS: Health campaigners have welcomed the move to cap the price of drugs

East Lancashire health campaigner welcomes price labels on prescriptions

PRAISE: Phone service

Lancashire triage call handling said to be ‘well-led, safe, effective and responsive’

VIDEO: Online panel debate on official licensing of morning-after pill for use by girls under 16

VIDEO: Online panel debate on official licensing of morning-after pill for use by girls under 16

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Toddlers' mums and dads given training to prevent tragedies

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Warning to East Lancashire mums and bodybuilders over internet breast milk

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East Lancashire to raise flag for Armed Forces Day

Helpline to support dementia sufferers

Al-Imdaad Foundation donates £1k to Dementia UK

Local leaders have reacted angrily to proposals to import food from Royal Blackburn Hospital

Patients angry after decision to ship their food in from elsewhere

This week the government announced a clampdown on staffing agencies charging high fees

GP practices across East Lancashire facing increasing recruitment problems

His comments echoed the view of NHS chief executive Simon Stevens

Obesity to overtake smoking as biggest health threat in East Lancs, says minister

The top 100 table was compiled by industry publications the Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times

East Lancashire hospital staff rate trust as best place to be employed

AWARENESS: Shoaib Elahi, Rizwan Khan and Tauqeer Ahmed

Project aiming to raise awareness of donations importance

The scanners will replace older equipment which was in need of updating in different departments at Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital

New ultrasound scanners will give hospital staff a better chance of diagnosis

PERIL: Inactivity is costing East Lancashire’s health services around £10.25 million every year

Couch potatoes’ £10m a year health cost

When asked what discrimination they face, some said they’ve been told they were sick (20%)

Report finds high levels of discrimination against those with epilepsy

AWARENESS: Smiling twins Abigail and Isobel Parry will benefit from an ‘It’s a Knockout’ event at Charnock Richard FC this weekend

Down’s Syndrome awareness day will be fun time

HEALING POWER: Mindfulness uses a range of techniques, including breathing, meditation and yoga

East Lancs residents encouraged to give mindfulness a go

DEVELOPMENT: All mums-to-be are to be offered hypnotherapy in a bid to reduce anxiety about delivery

All East Lancashire mums-to-be will be offered self-hypnosis to reduce childbirth anxiety

CONCERN: Russ McLean, chair of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group says national figures look very bad and it follows that the numbers in East Lancashire are also too high

Number of people suffering strokes in East Lancashire rises to 689 per year

A PROBLEM: The north west has more people that suffer with asthma than anywhere else in the UK

Region has UK high for asthma patients

HANDS UP IF YOU WANT A DEFIBRILLATOR: Lifesaving equipment could be made available 24 hours a day in the near future

East Lancashire scheme to free up 24-hour defibrillators

NWAS have missed all three government targets for 2014/15

North West Ambulance bosses heading to USA to speed up 999 times

CELEBRATION: Guests at the East Lancashire Hospitals Trust Star Awards Night and Ball at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-Le-Moors

'Brilliant' staff recognised at East Lancashire hospitals award ceremony

NHS bosses defend counselling shake-up

NHS bosses defend counselling shake-up

VITAL SPEED: Blood bikers in action. The local scheme is in demand

More volunteers needed to assist with vital blood transport service

NHS ‘away days’ costs ‘necessary’, insist commissioners

NHS ‘away days’ costs ‘necessary’, insist commissioners

SERVICE: Maundy Relief, Accrington, – guests Duncan Kitchen and Katie Redfern

Fears over counselling service but Accrington charity will not give in

Figures released in February show in 2013 there were 721 cases in the North West

Explorers ‘busting myths’ about TB in Blackburn with Darwen’s South Asian communities

BATTLE: Patricia Morris has backed a campaign to get a pioneering eye cancer treatment funded by the NHS

Blackburn eye cancer victim in NHS treatment fight

Struggle to sleep at night? Try the new NHS online service...

Struggle to sleep at night? Try the new NHS online service...

BENEFIT: Women practicing yoga in a class – and now exercise classes could be extended

Macmillan ‘Move More’ initiative for women extends to Clitheroe

CRUCIAL: Craig Smith from Blackburn is complaining about the reduction in advocacy

Cuts to mental health service blasted by Blackburn dad

FOCUS: Dr Chris Clayton

Blackburn with Darwen teams tackling care in £12m project

Burnley General Hospital

East Lancashire health chiefs watching over cancer wait times

Non-EU visitors to pay for NHS help

Non-EU visitors to pay for NHS help

CCG chairman Dr Phil Huxley said doctors wanted to provide integrated care around GP practices

Doctors raise surgery change concerns

STAFF DRIVE: A major recruitment campaign for more carers is taking place

Care agencies in drive for new recruits with creation of 45 positions

Burnley General

Sharp fall in the use of ‘face down’ restraint on East Lancashire’s mental health wards

Pre-op checks are overhauled

Thousands to be offered assessment on day of first outpatient appointment

HONOUR: Co-ordinators Maureen Duffy and Debby McCormack with certificates to be given to Stroke Champion awardees

Carers can ease impact of strokes

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