85,000 people across the country are expected to take part in a special parkrun to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Published on June 8, 2018 at 8:43 am

On Saturday 9 June 2018 more than 85,000 across the country are expected to take part in a special parkrun event to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Staff from all parts of the NHS, from doctors to domestics and paramedics to porters, will join runners, walkers and volunteers at more than 300 local parkruns across the country to mark the contribution the NHS has made to the nation.

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Robo-Op a First in Lancashire

Published on June 14, 2017 at 7:02 pm

After installing the first surgical robot in Lancashire, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust leads the way once more by being the first in the region to use the equipment to carry out colorectal surgery.

The Trust installed the £1.3 million Da Vinci robot in the theatres at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in June 2015 to carry out prostatectomies (removal of the prostate gland) for prostate cancer and have continued to grow the number of procedures they can carry out using the robot.

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Pennine Lancashire celebrates Patient Participation Groups

Published on June 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are supporting National Patient Participation Week, which runs from June 19-24 2017.

The aim of the awareness week is to promote patient participation groups and the valuable work they undertake.

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Join care homes across East Lancashire and celebrate friendship in communities

Published on June 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

Care Homes across East Lancashire will be taking part in Care Home Open Day on 16 June to celebrate ‘Friendship’ in local communities.

Many care homes across the country will be opening their doors for Care Home Open Day and they will be welcoming the public to spend time with residents, meet the staff and get involved in events and activities around the home.

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Health commissioners take their decision making ‘on the road’

Published on March 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Health commissioners from NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group are taking their decision making ‘on the road’.

The CCG which holds its Governing Body in public every two months have been holding their meetings throughout the five boroughs it serves.  Dr Phil Huxley, Chair of NHS East Lancashire CCG’s Governing Body, said: “For the last three years we’ve held our meetings at our CCG headquarters but as one of our priorities is to engage and involve local people more, we feel that by holding our meetings in more public places is just one way that we can achieve this.

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East Lancashire GP hopes research role will help patients with post-stroke depression

Published on March 6, 2017 at 11:53 am

A GP based in Nelson is hoping that his research fellowship with NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will help change the way patients with post-stroke depression are treated in primary care.

Aaron Poppleton, 29, who looks after patients at Reedyford Health Centre, has started an academic clinical fellowship, which aims to help GPs carry out research alongside their clinical training over a two-year period.

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Trust Chief Executive named one of Top 50 NHS CEOs

Published on February 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) Chief Executive, Kevin McGee, has been recognised as one of the Top 50 Chief Executives in a list of NHS leaders selected by the country’s largest specialist healthcare magazine, the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

Shortlisted for his foresight, resilience and leadership, the HSJ Top 50 Chief Executives Award recognises Kevin McGee’s outstanding leadership qualities and unwavering focus on improving care at ELHT’s five hospitals and numerous community services.

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East Lancashire CCG Medicines Management Team shortlisted for national health award

Published on February 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

The medicines management team based at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been shortlisted for a national health award for the work they have done to improve specialist stoma, continence, wound care and nutritional services in primary care.

The Value in Healthcare Awards, run by the Health Service Journal aims to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency, and improvement in the NHS.

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Local GP wins regional award for contribution to cancer services in Pennine Lancashire

Published on February 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

A local GP has won a regional award which recognises his contribution to cancer services in Pennine Lancashire. 

 Dr Neil Smith, a Blackburn GP for over 21 years, a Macmillan GP, and the GP lead for cancer commissioning for Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) received the ‘Living the NHS Values’ at the NHS North West Leadership Awards. 

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Hospital Maternity Service Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

Published on February 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is pleased to announce that its Maternity service has been nominated and shortlisted for the Sands ‘Award for Bereavement Care’ in this year’s Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards.

The Bereavement Maternity Service, based at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital, is one of just four services shortlisted for this prestigious national award.

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East Lancs Hospitals awarded ‘centre of excellence’ for urogynaecology

Published on February 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) has become the first NHS Trust in Lancashire to become a recognised ‘centre of excellence’ for urogynaecology.

Accreditation by the British Society of Urogynaecology means the East Lancashire service based at Burnley General Hospital meets the highest UK standards for urogynaecology.

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Landmark Robotic Cancer Surgery at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Published on January 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Surgeons at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust this month performed the 100th prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) operation using robotic assisted surgery at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.

In a milestone for the treatment of prostate cancer in Lancashire, Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Mohammed Masaarane successfully operated on the 56-year-old patient from Preston using the hospital’s da Vinci® Robot to remove a cancerous prostate gland.

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New case study: GP Practices and social media

Published on December 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

Digital technology is essential to helping people stay well and improving health and care services.

In this interview, Practice Manager at Pendle View Medical Centre,  why her practice is using Facebook and how it benefits their patients.



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