Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Huge variation in referrals to flagship ‘urgent response’ service

Groundbreaking new data on community services appears to show enormous variation between areas in the number of referrals for a ‘two-hour urgent response’ being recorded.

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North by North West: Regulator intervenes on ‘chaotic’ A&E

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Hospital seeks ‘non-medical consultant’ to supervise A&E

A hospital is seeking to appoint an advanced clinical practitioner to work on its emergency department “consultant rota”, meaning they would likely be able to supervise its emergency department in place of a medical consultant.

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Five charged after alleged ill-treatment of stroke patients at NHS hospital

Three nurses and two healthcare assistants have been charged after an investigation into ill-treatment of stroke patients at a Lancashire hospital.


Soaring trolley waits spark warnings A&E pressures getting ‘worse and worse’

The number of 12-hour waits in accident and emergency departments rose by 27 per cent in one month to reach record levels in January amid warnings overcrowding is harming an increasing number of patients.

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Ambulance and trolley waits soar to record levels

Ambulance response times hit new lows last month, leaving heart attack and stroke patients waiting nearly an hour to be reached on average, despite the system having an 18-minute target for this cohort.

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ICS sounds alarm as fifth of hospital patients stay more than three weeks

Regional bosses say they need to understand ‘if and how’ hospitals can reduce the number of long-stay patients – with some areas reporting more than one in five beds being ‘blocked’.

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‘Trolley waits’ of 12 hours balloon to more than 5,000

Emergency departments reported more than 5,000 ‘trolley waits’ of at least 12 hours in September, the highest ever monthly total, and almost double the pre-covid record.


CEO ‘astonished’ by how few junior doctors meet their senior directors

A retiring chief executive was “astonished” how many junior doctors had never met the senior directors of their hospitals — and stressed how being visible on the wards is “critical” to good leadership.

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A&E performance hits record low despite fewer attendances

England’s accident and emergency performance has fallen to its lowest level since records began, data released this morning shows.


CEO move paves way for trust takeover

A hospital trust in the North West looks set to be taken over by a neighbour, as its chief executive is moving to the top job at a different provider.

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Health system sees covid occupancy double in a week

Hospitals in Lancashire have reported a steep rise in covid patients, with the numbers more than doubling over the last seven days.


‘Secretive’ safety findings set to be revealed direct to CQC

The Care Quality Commission may in future be notified when ‘secretive’ external reviews have looked at patient safety issues within trusts.

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CEO to take over third teaching trust

The chief executive of two acute providers is set to take over the leadership of a third teaching trust in Lancashire.

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Healthcare professional arrested on suspicion of murdering stroke patient

A healthcare professional at Blackpool Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a stroke patient.

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North by North West: Hancock’s grubby intervention over A&E closure

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Covid occupancy rates grow at outlier trusts while trend flattens nationally

The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.


Trust becomes first to see a third of beds filled by covid patients during second wave

Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust has more than a third of its general and acute beds occupied by covid patients, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS data.


Revealed: Eight hospital trusts with more covid patients than in the spring

Eight hospital trusts have surpassed the level of covid-19 patients in general acute beds which they recorded in the spring peak, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS England data.


Exclusive: Doctors accuse trust of caving to political pressure to reopen ‘unsafe’ A&E

Senior clinicians say their trust board has caved into political pressure by making an ‘unsafe’ decision to re-open a small emergency department — having previously suggested this would not happen if there was a second wave of coronavirus.