NHS boss wants Lancashire learning disability unit closed

The head of NHS England is taking a personal interest in the progress being made to close a facility housing adults with learning disabilities in Lancashire.

A report last year criticised the service provided to children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Reform of special educational needs service will be "a long haul"

The service being provided to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across Lancashire is currently operating on “amber”.
Delayed discharges from hospitals in Lancashire are reducing - but still missing targets.

Hospital discharge delays gradually reducing

The number of patients stuck in hospitals across Lancashire when they are medically fit to leave is reducing.

Special investigation: The hidden cost of war

The Government is today accused of “turning a blind eye” to concern that suicide rates among military veterans are spiralling.

Taking away the temptation of the takeaway

The number of hot fast food outlets should be limited in areas of high deprivation and where there is an existing problem with childhood obesity, according to a Lancashire county councillor.
One of Jess's messages on the railing at Preston Docks

Mum fly-posting messages of hope

A mum of two has turned fly poster to get the message out about mental health awareness.

Urgent blood tests will still be analysed at seven individual hospitals across Lancashire.

Blood test results to be standardised across the county

Plans for a new pathology unit would see changes to the way tests are interpreted.
Cyclists will no longer go down the route marked in red (Image: Ironman UK).

Ironman UK race cut short by 17 miles due to ongoing fire at Winter Hill

The annual Bolton Ironman race has been shortened by 17 miles due to the ongoing fire at Winter Hill.
Some types of surgery are to be scrapped on the NHS

NHS to scrap 'unnecessary' operations in cost-cutting measure

'Unnecessary' operations including tonsil removal and varicose vein surgery are to be scrapped on the NHS.

Lancashire County Council awarded a 104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care

Council 'misled' NHS trusts over £104m contract, says judge

A judge has slammed Lancashire County Council for “misleading” NHS Trusts over the £104m Virgin contract.

NWAS paramedics who are members of the GMB union will strike

Paramedics set to strike

Paramedics in Lancashire will stage a second walk-out tomorrow in a row over pay.

Prime Minister Theresa May visited a hospital to announce the funding boost

NHS funding boost - will we see the difference on the wards?

Will Theresa May's funding boost really make a difference? Professor of health economics Maria Goddard crunches the numbers.

Assistant chief constable Terry Woods.

Pilot mental health care scheme trialled to relieve pressures on Lancashire's hospitals and police services

Police and mental health services across Lancashire have piloted a 24 hour support scheme to address the rise in mental health crisis incidents across the red rose county.
Volunteers Party at CancerHelp, Ribbleton, Preston to celebrate 30 years

Cancer Help in Ribbleton and Garstang celebrates 30 years

A charity set up by a woman whose mum battled cancer has reached its 30th year.

Lancashire County Council loses court case over £104m private healthcare contract

Lancashire county council has lost a landmark legal ruling over privatised healthcare.
Ambulances queuing outside Royal Preston Hospital

Ambulance bosses spend millions on redundancies

North West ambulance bosses have denied union claims that £7m has been spent on redundancies.
Lancashire Post staff wore football shirts to raise money for Joseph's Goal

Lancashire Post staff wore football tops for Joseph's Goal

Staff at Lancashire Post got into the spirit of the World Cup by swapping their shirt and ties for football tops.
Ambulances lined up.

Paramedics across the north west are going on strike today - and more could follow suit soon

Paramedics across Lancashire are today (Monday, June 18) going on strike – with further industrial action on the horizon.
An extra 20 billion a year has been promised to the NHS by the Prime Minister. (Photo: PA Wire).

Five things you should know about the £20 billion NHS funding boost

Close to an extra £400 million per week - or £20 billion a year - has been pledged to the NHS once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced. Here are five key questions about the annoucement:
Phoebe Roskell with brother Woody.

Hospital team take to muddy fun run to raise funds for Garstang girl Phoebe Roskell

Hospital staff are gearing up to take part in a 5km muddy run fun to raise money for Garstang girl Phoebe Roskell.
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