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Don’t miss out on your chance to be a Guinness World Record breaker

People living across the Fylde Coast can still sign up to break a Guinness World Record on Saturday morning.

As part of the NHS’ 70th birthday, people across the area have been encouraged to bring their children and families to Lytham Festival’s main arena on Lytham Green to help break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video. The current record, set in China, stands at 4,814 people.

Local doctors have teamed up with Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe & Taylor to hold the attempt in the middle of the Lancashire music festival. Local councils and other organisations including the Blue Skies Foundation have also played a part in organising the record attempt.

Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston has choreographed and filmed a fitness routine, called the Whiston Wave, to be used at the event and promote a ‘fitter Fylde Coast’.

Daniel said: “I can’t wait for this Saturday. It’s a great excuse to get together with your friends and family and be part of a Guinness World Record attempt.

“Loads of people have been limbering up to get ready for this and the support is fantastic, so we want to see as many people as possible taking part and hopefully they will all go away with a record breaking medal.”

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who has spearheaded the attempt, has urged people to go to www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk and sign up.

Dr Naughton said: “We have had a fantastic response to our Guinness World Record attempt so far and I am really excited to see all the children and families come down on Saturday to become record breakers.

“I would urge everyone who wants to join in to go online and book a free ticket as this is the only way to guarantee entry and to avoid queueing on Saturday morning.

“This is going to be a great day for everyone and what’s more, everyone who takes part will get a medal as a memento of the special occasion.”

The Guinness World Record attempt for the most people exercising to a fitness video will take place in the main arena at Lytham Festival from 10am on Saturday July 21. To register, visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk

Volunteer to help create a Fitter Fylde Coast

People living across the Fylde coast have been invited to play a key role in an exciting and unique event taking place later this month.

Organisers of the world record attempt – for the most people exercising to a fitness video at Lytham Festival on Saturday 21 July – need to recruit more than 100 volunteer marshals to make sure the event is a success.

The Fylde coast NHS has joined forces with local authorities including Fylde Council, as well as Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor, to hold the event to raise awareness of the need to keep fit while also celebrating the NHS’ 70th birthday.

A six-minute exercise routine has been choreographed and filmed by Blackpool-based Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston.

Fylde coast GP Dr Tony Naughton, who has been the driving force behind the event, said: “We need volunteers to make sure we break the record while following the rules set by Guinness World Records.

“This means we need a volunteer for every 50 participants who will watch them to make sure they follow the exercise routine to the best of their ability.

“This is a great opportunity for people across the area to become part of the team and to have a key role in breaking the record. All volunteers will receive a medal and recognition of being part of the attempt.”

All volunteers will need to be on the site at Lytham Green on Saturday 21 July from 8am. Everyone will be finished by noon.

Anyone interested in signing up to be a volunteer is asked to visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk/volunteer/ and fill out the form.


NHS welcomes questions for annual meetings

People living across the Fylde coast can ask questions of their local NHS as the three local organisations in the area come together for their joint annual meetings.

The annual general meetings of NHS Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the annual members meeting of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will, for the third year running, be held as a single joint meeting.

This year’s meeting is on Thursday 5 July at the education centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital from 9.45am. The meeting will be followed by a chance to visit the celebrations for the NHS’ 70th anniversary taking place in the main hospital building.

In preparation for the meeting the two CCGs have already published their annual reports on their websites with paper copies available at the meeting. The reports set out the progress made to develop safe, high quality health services for local people. It also describes how the NHS has worked closely with local GPs, patients, carers, local authorities and partner organisations to shape plans for the future that put patients at the very heart of services.

Residents are also invited to send any questions for the organisations ahead of the meeting by email to [email protected]. The questions will be answered during the meeting and also made available on the organisations’ websites afterwards.

The meeting will also be streamed live via the NHS Blackpool CCG Facebook page found at www.facebook.com/blackpoolccg

Have your say on NHS hearing aid services

The views and experiences of NHS hearing aid users with age related hearing loss, over 50 years of age, are being sought to help understand what NHS hearing aid services are like locally and to help improve them.

Dr Adam Black, GP lead for audiology services in Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “We are asking people living anywhere in Lancashire or South Cumbria, who are over the age of 50 who use NHS hearing aids to tell us what they think of the service and their experience of living with an NHS hearing aid.

“The survey,  which has been produced in partnership with patients, doesn’t take much time to complete, is confidential, and will help us understand what people who use NHS hearing aid services think about those services.  Our vision for people with age related hearing problems is for them to receive, high quality, efficient services delivered closer to home, with short waiting times which are highly responsive to their needs.

“We are looking to ensure that patients over 50 with age related hearing loss have a comprehensive patient-centred integrated adult hearing service which will include the provision of hearing aids for age-related hearing loss in line with national guidance and local requirements.

“We think that there is significant variation in the service arrangements, quality and the outcomes for the over 50s who use NHS hearing aid services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.   So that’s why we are asking NHS hearing aid users over the age of 50 with age related hearing loss for their views about NHS hearing aid services”.

People over 50 with age related hearing loss, can currently chose to obtain an NHS hearing aid, following a referral from their GP from their local NHS Trust or from high street retail providers . Services include:

  • Audiology (hearing tests and assessments)
  • Provision and fitting of hearing aids,
  • Patient education, including self-care advice and information,
  • Follow up appointments and after care,

People using NHS hearing aids, over the age of 50 or relatives or carers can complete the questionnaire online : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHS_hearing_aids or can contact 01282 644 627 to obtain help to complete the survey.


Changes to prescriptions of over-the-counter medicines in Fylde and Wyre

People living in Fylde and Wyre will be unable to receive items such as paracetamol, throat lozenges and dandruff treatments from the NHS from 1 July 2018.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made the change following national guidance from NHS England. The guidance was developed following a 12-week public consultation period.

It means treatments for 35 conditions, most of which will clear up on their own or by using medication available over the counter, must be paid for at a pharmacy, shop or supermarket.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at the CCG and a GP in Thornton, said: “Conditions such as sore throats, infrequent migraines, head lice, conjunctivitis and constipation can be uncomfortable, but are treatable with medication bought from most pharmacies or large shops.

“We understand this change may inconvenience some people who may have previously received medications on prescription but the NHS needs to ensure its limited funds are spent wisely.

“If you are suffering from a minor health complaint and are not sure what to do, there is always the option of going to seek medical advice from your local pharmacist who can also advise on the best treatment you can buy.

“I would also urge everyone to make sure their home medicine cupboard is fully stocked with a range of painkillers, cold remedies, sun cream, anti-diarrhoea tablets, indigestion remedies and a basic first aid kit.”

As part of the national consultation, the CCG promoted a survey produced by NHS England and also asked for feedback from patient groups including patient participation groups (PPGs) at the region’s GP practices and the Influence Panel. The overall local response was in support of making the change.

Once the change comes into effect, it will bring an end to the Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme that had been run across 33 of the region’s pharmacies.

Dr Naughton said: “Pharmacy+ was very successful but was never intended to be a permanent service.

“Having received the national guidance it meant most of the items available via Pharmacy+ were no longer available on prescription so naturally it came to a close.

“Pharmacists do continue to provide a valuable service to patients across Fylde and Wyre and are still able to provide free consultations in private on a drop-in basis and to give medical advice regarding possible treatments.”


  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.

Sponsorship opportunity – Fylde coast Guinness World Record attempt

To celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday and to raise awareness of the importance of keeping fit, the Fylde coast NHS has organised a world record attempt.

The attempt, taking place at Lytham Festival on 21 July 2018, will be for the most people exercising to a fitness video in a single location and will require more than 5,000 people on the day.

The event should be a great day out for all with families and children urged to come along and be a record breaker!

However, with events such as this there are costs and the main organiser, NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, has asked for support from the Fylde coast business community.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available, such as funding for volunteer tabards or certificates and medals for all that take part. There is also the potential to help with transport from locations that are further away from Lytham.

Businesses are also welcome to organise for groups of staff to take part in the attempt as part of team-building initiatives.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at the CCG, said: “Our event, which we have branded as ‘Fitter Fylde Coast’, could help companies in the area demonstrate their commitment to health and wellbeing.

“We would love to have your support, whatever it may be.

“Our plans to break the world record will be formally launched on Tuesday 29 May and we are expecting significant media attention. Of course any businesses that support us will receive mentions on our social media channels and in publicity about the event.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring, supporting or taking part in this event can contact Amanda Bate at [email protected]

Become a Guinness World Record breaker on the Fylde coast this year!

Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston has urged people across the Fylde coast to join him to break a Guinness World Record and promote a ‘fitter Fylde coast’ this summer.

People across the area have been encouraged to bring their children and families to Lytham Festival’s main arena on Lytham Green on the morning of Saturday 21 July to help break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video. The current record, set in China, stands at 4,814 people.

To help celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS on 5 July, local doctors have teamed up with Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe & Taylor to hold the attempt in the middle of the Lancashire music festival. Local councils and other organisations including the Blue Skies Foundation have also played a part in organising the record attempt.

To register to take part in the world record attempt, go to www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk

Three-times Dancing on Ice champion and fitness instructor Daniel, who lives in Blackpool and launched his career in the town when he was just seven years old, will be leading the world record attempt from the main stage at Lytham Festival.

Daniel said: “I’m delighted to help the Fylde coast NHS in attempting to break this world record.

“We should be proud of all the NHS does for us and this seems a really good way to celebrate its 70th birthday.

“Exercise is so important for us all and I hope as many people as possible can come and join us on the day. I plan to bring a few well known friends to make this a very special day.”

Daniel has choreographed and filmed a special six-minute exercise video at locations across the Fylde coast and people are encouraged to head to www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk to watch the video and sign up to take part.

He added: “We had a great time filming the video. It’s all disco music in celebration of the fact Nile Rodgers and CHIC are playing at Lytham Festival on the night of the record attempt and, regardless of how fit you are, the routine is suitable for all so sign up and give it a go.”

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has led on organising the initiative, which is also aimed at bringing local communities together to improve health and wellbeing.

CCG clinical chief officer Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP, said: “Across the country, 40 per cent of children start secondary school overweight and 20 per cent are obese. What we are really keen to do is promote a healthier lifestyle across the Fylde coast so people can start looking after themselves and their loved ones.

“We need to get more than 5,000 people dancing to the video if we are to break the world record so it would be great to see lots of people coming out to support this event. It should be a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate our 70th birthday.

“We want lots of people to come down with their families and children for what will be a great day out. This is an opportunity for your children to be part of a Guinness World Record and to receive a certificate as a special memento.”

Cuffe and Taylor commercial director Jason Cotillard said: “We’re delighted to be working with the NHS on this very exciting world record attempt.

“Lytham Festival provides the perfect venue for this. The video is fantastic with a brilliant soundtrack celebrating the music of Nile Rodgers and CHIC who will be headlining the Festival on the evening of the record attempt.”

The world record attempt for the most people exercising to a fitness video will take place in the main arena at Lytham Festival from 11am on Saturday July 21. To register, visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk


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]


Don’t be a victim of PJ paralysis

Health staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are urging patients to get up, get dressed and get moving to end ‘PJ paralysis’.

And they are appealing to relatives, friends and carers of patients to support them by bringing in a daily supply of fresh clothing to help people get out of bed.

Patients in hospital normally stay in their pyjamas or hospital gown until they are discharged. The goal of the #endPJparalysis initiative is to get patients up, dressed and moving which will help to reduce harm, enhance dignity and promote a speedier recovery.

Ten days in a hospital bed can age the musculoskeletal system of a frail patient by about 10 years. Bedrest can decrease muscle strength by two to five percent a day causing muscle shortening, changes in joint structure and marked loss of leg strength which will seriously limit mobility.

While patients of all ages can benefit from being more active, it’s particularly important for older people.

Staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals want to see more patients getting up and in their day clothes which is why they are appealing for the help of relatives, friends and carers to bring in day wear so patients can get out of bed.

Karen Smith, Clinical Improvement Lead Nurse, said: “There’s sometimes an assumption that when you’re in hospital you should be in your pyjamas or nightwear all the time, but that’s just not the case.

“Many of our patients do not want to spend any longer in hospital than is absolutely necessary so it is vital that our staff do everything they can to encourage and help patients get out of bed and get dressed.”

Caroline Costello, Enhanced recovery nurse added: “Obviously there are certain patients who are unable to get dressed during the day, patients undergoing a procedure, those with surgical wounds or those for whom getting dressed would be uncomfortable etc. however all patients who can get out of bed will be encouraged and helped to do so.

“Getting up, dressed and active helps promote independence, but we need the support of friends, relatives and carers to help us to help them,” Caroline added.

To find out more about the initiative, talk to members of the clinical improvement team who will be on the Mezzanine Floor in the Main Entrance of Blackpool Victoria Hospital on July 13th and 14th.


Free wifi at all Fylde coast GP surgeries and hospitals

People living across the Fylde coast can now access free wifi while waiting to see their doctor or visiting the hospital.

Wifi has been installed to give patients the opportunity to browse the web while they wait for appointments, via their smartphone, tablet or laptop.

While waiting for an appointment, patients can now access and download health apps, browse webpages and look up health and care information for free.

The Fylde Coast Directory of Services (FYi Directory) is displayed as the first website once connected. The website has been developed for people to find out more information about the health and social care services in their area.

Speaking on behalf of the Fylde coast NHS, Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “When talking to patients about how to improve their experiences in GP waiting rooms, many people have suggested free internet.

“Free access to the internet and to the FYi Directory will help patients see what other services are available, as well as how, when and where they can access them.

“The NHS IT team have worked hard to make sure that patients have access to high quality wifi across the area and we believe it will improve people’s experience of healthcare.”

Implementation of the wireless internet network is part of an initiative to improve the use of online technology in the NHS. The wifi is now live across all GP surgeries and at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals for patients to use.

Pete Kelly, head of IT for the Fylde coast NHS, said: “The free wifi is one of many projects the NHS IT team have for digital healthcare. We want people to be able to interact with health and social care services at home and while waiting for an appointment.

“There is a positive environmental impact with internet use. It enables less paper to be used for printing and people will be able to save webpages and relevant information on their personal devices.”

The introduction of free wifi across the Fylde coast is just one of a number of advancements in technology across GP practices. All practices have recently had a TV screen installed to display health information messages and also electronic check-in stations have been set up across all practices.