Blackpool Victoria Hospital, or BVH, as it is known locally, is a medium sized NHS District General Hospital (DGH).
The hospital comprises the major element of secondary health care within the wider combined acute and community trust that is the "Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust".
The "Victoria" site of the hospital has around 800 beds which provide care for acute medicine in its wider terms and DGH surgical specialties, including among others, General Surgery, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Urology and Gynaecology.
There is a Women and Children's Unit including both consultant led and midwife led maternity care.
The Emergency Department (ED) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is one of the busiest in the country. It provides a full range of services for the 352,000 residents of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde and the 18.2 million annual visitors to the resort.
The department sees approximately 75,000 patients each year, working collaboratively with the Urgent Care Centre which combines minor injuries, illnesses and primary care facilities for non-emergency cases and the ED for more serious or life-threatening cases requiring immediate treatment.
Three regional specialties are hosted on-site; regional Haematology, the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service and the Regional Cardiothoracic Unit (Lancashire Cardiac Centre) which provides primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and other tertiary cardiac services.
The hospital has had a series of redevelopments over the last couple of decades, providing among others, a Phase 5 A&E / AMU / ITU development which opened in 2001, a self-contained cardiac wing which opened in 2006, a Phase 6 surgical wing
incorporating a pre-assessment unit, day-case unit, in-patient operating rooms and ward beds, which opened in 2011. The cardiac wing contains at the current time 4 catheter
laboratories, 4 operating rooms, 20 intensive care beds, together with supporting day- case facilities for invasive and non-invasive cardiac investigations).