Have your say on proposed NHS policies

People living across the Fylde coast have been invited to have their say on proposed policies regarding diabetes and spinal injections.

The three draft policies are for the supply and funding of insulin pumps for people with diabetes, providing continuous monitoring devices for people with diabetes and for spinal injections to manage back pain.

It comes as part of work by the NHS across Lancashire to standardise policies to ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice; and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

Along with the other six Lancashire and South Cumbria clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCGs are now asking the public to let them know what they think of the proposals.

Full details of the changes can be found within the policies. People are invited to read the revised draft policies and to complete a survey.

A public meeting to discuss the glucose monitoring devices policy will also take place at the NHS Wesham Offices in Derby Road (PR4 3FG), from 6pm to 8pm, to discuss the glucose monitoring policy. The meeting will be open to all residents of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP who is also clinical chief officer for NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent way while also taking into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCGs is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG websites and have their say. I also encourage residents to attend the public events when they are finalised.”

People living in Fylde and Wyre can complete the survey by visiting http://www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/your-health/say-clinical-policy-reviews/ while those in Blackpool should visit http://www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk/harmonisation

If you wish to attend the event on 5 June, please email [email protected]

Revoe Library Launch

Last month a bunch of handy Blackpool Dads proudly unveiled the latest installation created for Blackpool Libraries.

The circus-themed Puppet Stage was officially opened in the early-years area of Revoe Library, along with wall murals and decorations created by two local artists. It is hoped that the interactive new area will encourage Blackpool families to visit the Library and develop a love of books and reading.

More information and pictures of the installation can be found at Revoe Library Launch.

Wyre welcomes a new Mayor

Wyre Council’s annual general meeting, held on Thursday evening 10 May at the Civic Centre, Poulton saw the election of a new Mayor, along with the presentation of this year’s Sheraton Trophy.

The new Mayor of Wyre for 2018/19 was announced as Councillor Marge Anderton and Deputy Mayor as Councillor Michael Barrowclough.

Councillor Marge Anderton’s chosen charities for the year are Trinity Hospice, Fleetwood Lifeboat Station and Fleetwood Museum Trust.

Trinity Hospice support patients and their families caring for those at the end of life across the Fylde and Wyre coast.

The RNLI at Fleetwood lifeboat station saves lives at sea through lifeboat search and rescue. They rely one hundred percent on donations.

Fleetwood Museum Trust have over 60 volunteers who help keep the museum open by donating a few hours of their time. Donations help towards future exhibitions and help to purchase relevant artefacts which become available.

Councillor Marge Anderton said “I look forward to the forthcoming year as Mayor of Wyre. It’s a great opportunity to make positive differences to our local communities and to raise awareness of the brilliant work my chosen charities do”.

The Sheraton Trophy was also presented to Jade Mia Smith in recognition of her voluntary work.

During her time in education and whilst working as a volunteer Jade has overcome many difficulties with her mental health. Jade faced prejudice because of her sexual orientation but hasn’t let that get in the way of what she wants to do with her life.

Jade left school with seven GCSE’s, despite been hospitalised twice during her GCSE period. She will be attending college in September and hopes to become a doctor.

Jade has been a volunteer with URPotential for two years, and before that worked as a volunteer for the RSPCA and raised money for Brian House.

She is currently working with URPotential to deliver LGBT awareness training to adults at the University of Cumbria and to young people at Cardinal Allen High School.

After receiving the trophy, Jade said “I’m grateful for the opportunities URPotential has given me and I enjoy helping other people. I feel proud of my achievements”.

Councillor Alice Collinson, former Mayor for Wyre chose Jade as the winner of this year’s trophy: “Jade deserves this award for the time and effort she has put into all the voluntary work she has done.

“Despite having difficulties along the way Jade has achieved a lot, grown in confidence and made a difference. She is an inspiration to all young people in Wyre”.

The Sheraton Trophy takes its name from HMS Sheraton which was awarded the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of work done in Fleetwood by the crew during the 1977 flood emergency when the ship was visiting the port.

Church group boost for Trust’s charity funds

A GENEROUS church group has raised £3,200 to support patients at a local NHS Trust.

Cleveleys Park Methodist Church raised cash for a whole year to donate to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity of Blackpool Teaching
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Church treasurer, Elaine Buckley, said: “We chose Blue Skies as our ‘project’ for 2017 as nobody ever knows when they may need the
hospital and its services.

“We raised the money from our country fair, Christmas fair and by hosting coffee mornings and the total is more than we thought – we are
delighted. Huge thanks to everyone that helped us achieve such a fantastic amount.”

Head of Fundraising, Kila Redfearn, said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Elaine and Elizabeth when they came to our office to present the

“It takes some doing to raise this sort of money and sometimes, thank you just isn’t enough. “What an amazing team and this money will
certainly go to good use within the hospital.”

The money will be used to enhance patient care around the Trust.

If you would like to help Blue Skies support patient care, please email [email protected], or call 01253 957904

Source: Health Matters Issue 166

Gerry Richardson Way

If you are passing the new West Division Police Headquarters in Blackpool, you may notice that the access road leading to the building has now been named Gerry Richardson Way.

This is in honour of fallen Supt Gerry Richardson who was killed in the line of duty, aged 38, after being shot while attending an armed robbery in Blackpool on 23 August 1971.

The road, which is just off Clifton Road and was previously unnamed, is a fitting tribute to a leader whose bravery we will never forget. It will act as a reminder of the sacrifice Supt Richardson made 46 years ago, which culminated in him chasing the robbers on foot.

They hope Gerry Richardson Way will serve as a permanent reminder of his bravery that day and the courage their officers show daily in order to keep the people of Lancashire safe and out of harm’s way.

Associate Artist Scheme for A B&B

A B&B are looking for new work that is specific to the special context and location of A B&B in Blackpool – The UK home of popular culture.

A B&B Associate Artist Scheme.

The scheme provides important support for artists living or working in the locale of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre to develop ideas through in depth research. The scheme offers small bursaries to enable artists to connect their ideas with new peers further afield and learn how to turn them into a reality at A B&B. Selected artists will be able to engage with others creating work to develop the hotel, engage with the project throughout its building and construction phases and add to A B&B’s ongoing programme and events longer term.

The Associate Artist Scheme is a rolling application process.

For further information and criteria, please download the A-BB-Associate-Artist-Scheme-guidelines-

Source: LeftCoast Post

Working together with Garstang Youth Council

Wyre Council were delighted to welcome members of Garstang Youth Council to the Civic Centre in Poulton this week for an opportunity to discuss key issues affecting young people in the town.

Formed in 2012, Garstang Youth Council represents young people from Garstang, and the meeting on Wednesday 25 April gave them the chance to meet councillors and officers, to raise their questions and to discuss issues that are important to them.

Led by Young Mayor Nathan Halford, the youth councillors first took part in a session focusing on mental health. Councillor Michael Vincent, Health and Community Engagement Portfolio Holder for Wyre Council and Wyre and County Councillor Shaun Turner answered their questions and talked about what we are doing in Wyre to support the wellbeing of young people.

Councillor Andrea Kay, lead member for children and young people at Wyre Council, and representatives from Lancashire County Council’s Children and Family Wellbeing Service introduced themselves and talked about the services they provide, creating a key link for future discussions between the members of the session.

Next, a more formal meeting in the council chamber took place in which the youth council were able to hear more about Wyre’s finances and planning policies. In 2017 Garstang Youth Council put together a report to explore how local infrastructure, funded by Lancashire County Council and Wyre Council, will deal with increased demand for public services. From this report, the youth council put forward a series of important questions which were addressed by the officers and councillors present.

Councillor Pete Murphy, Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council played a key role in the discussions and comments: “It is great to see a group of young people involved in the betterment of their area and long may this continue. This meeting has been a good opportunity for everyone involved. I believe we have all come away better informed with lots of exciting work to look forward to.”

Edwina Parry, Town Clerk at Garstang Town Council comments: “What a great evening! It was very informative and an excellent opportunity for the youth council to meet members and officers of both Lancashire County Council and Wyre Council. The youth council have been offered support in a number of areas and we look forward to working more closely with the two authorities.”

To find out more about Garstang Youth Council visit garstangtowncouncil.org 

Blackpool Spend Trip a success for Time Credits

Lancashire Time Credits Annual Blackpool Spend Trip was yet again another success. For 2018 they had 40 members from Chorley, Burnley and Preston join them for a fun filled day of tower climbing, ballroom dancing, circus comedy, karaoke singing and sunshine.

Here is what a few of the members had to say about the trip:

  • We were able to go in the attractions we couldn’t afford. It was a nice break for the volunteers and it was nice to meet the other volunteers.
  • The bit I enjoyed the most was visiting Madame Tussauds. I had a lovely day today and I wish to go again.
  • What did I enjoy most about the trip, EVERYTHING!!

Time Credits are a way of recognising the amazing things people do in their communities. If you give an hour of your time to your community, your community thanks you by giving you an hour to spend on something you would like to do.

Everyone’s time is worth the same with Time Credits, there’s no limit to how many Time Credits you can earn or spend, and as well as spending yourself, you can take friends or family with you or give them some of your Time Credits to spend themselves.

There are lots of ways to earn Time Credits across your community, and hundreds of ways to spend them across the country.

Have a look at their website for spending opportunities in other regions of the UK.

D of E Success for The Boathouse Youth

The Boathouse Youth is a Registered UK Charity (1149320) that, at it roots, works with children and young people in Blackpool. Many of the children with whom they work are facing disadvantages.

This year’s Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award cohort have now passed their Expedition Section marking the end of their award.

Eight members of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group have now successfully completed their award. The group completed their assessed expedition in The Lake District National Park completing three-days of constant journeying through the countryside being entirely self-sufficient.

This final feat brought to an end more than 12 months of practicing, volunteering and physical improvements.

The young people are required to fully understand maps (including contours, grid references, symbols, etc) and must plan and prepare for all aspects of their route – even carrying their own food and cooking equipment. They are very proud of them all!

Meanwhile their Bronze D of E Group have completed their first experience of sleeping under canvas as part of their Training Weekend in Clitheroe.

They are working hard towards learning the navigation skills required to develop greater independence whilst out on their route. As always, at The BHY it’s free of charge.

It is not just the traditional skills that they teach their young people. They must also understand the severe consequences of leaving their boots and food outside overnight. They help them with this by strongly encouraging them to eat soggy biscuits, bread and put on wet boots!

It is hoped that this group of 24 youngsters will complete their Bronze Award later this year in July.

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Gambling With Your Health

The Transformation Advisory Service Events Team would like to invite you to an event on the afternoon of Monday 4 June concerning the hidden addiction of gambling, its associated costs to health and society, and the launch of a support and harm-minimisation programme for people affected by it.

Monday 4 June 2018
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Lightfoot Green Lane,
Fulwood, Preston, PR4 0AP

Problem gambling is widely regarded as a hidden addiction. Reports show that a problem gambler is more likely to have visited their GP in the last 12 months with a mental health issue, be accessing mental health services, or to have been a hospital inpatient within the last three months.

Lancashire Care is launching a support and harm-minimisation programme. Full details of the programme will be presented at the event on 4 June, with an overview of this major population-wide issue and national and regional initiatives regarding gambling-related harm.

To book your place, or if you have any questions, please contact [email protected]