The Government's new 111 service has come in for much criticism recently. But a retired nurse from Kent says he's convinced it saved his life when calling 999 let him down. Sandy Fleming reports.
Click video. Sensory rooms, colour coded sleeping bays and non-slip flooring...these are just some of the changes being made to care homes and hospitals to make them more dementia friendly.
The money to pay for improvements has come from a £50 pot at the Department of Health. Penny Silvester reports.
Architects and medical staff gave a virtual tour of the new Jigsaw Building to share their plans for improved facilities at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
The proposed 2000m squared Jigsaw Building will be based at Royal Bournemouth Hospital between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics.
Split over two floors, the building will be a centre of excellence for oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy.
Subject to planning approval, initial work could start in October with a potential completion date of late 2014.
Rachel Hall, RBH Haematology Consultant, said: "Our patients have had a lot of discussion on ideas for the new chemotherapy bay and with their feedback, it will be a much more comfortable, private, spacious place to be."
They can walk for up to ten miles a day taking patients to and from appointments and operations. Hospital porters often go unnoticed but they provide a vital service. Tom Savvides spent a day with two porters at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading to mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS.
Video: More than a million ambulances are called out to emergencies in the South EVERY year. Our paramedics are on the front line - dealing with sick and injured patients and, at times, putting themselves at risk.
In the second of our reports - as part of the 65th anniversary of the NHS - Tom Savvides spent a night with an ambulance crew to see how challenging the job can be. His report contains flashing images
Click video. It was set-up in 1948 - its mission to provide free healthcare for everyone, rich or poor. And now the National Health Service is celebrating its 65th anniversary.
We've been given access to frontline NHS staff to see the life-saving work they do. In the first of a series of reports, Tom Savvides spent a day in a busy Accident and Emergency Department.
Click video. With the good weather set to continue this week and beyond, emergency services are reminding people to take care in the sun. They received more 999 calls on Saturday than on New Year's Eve. Heather Edwards has our report.
Salisbury District Hospital has won an award for its creative work with older hospital patients.
The hospital was commended at the Arts and Health South West Awards for its 'Young at Heart' project for providing stimulating activities for elderly patients.
Peter Ursem, Head of Artcare said: "These awards were created to celebrate inspirational arts and creative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of people within their wider community.
"Young at Heart enables patients to take part in story telling, singing and craft, which can keep their minds active,lift their mood and provide an enjoyable distraction from hospital life."
A defibrillator has been donated by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to the island of St Helena.
The donated defibrillator is the only readily available unit on the island outside of the hospital.
The life-saving equipment can be used to restart someone's heart if they suffer a cardiac arrest.
The defibrillator transfer was made possible by Kent Police Safety Trainer Sharon Graham and Resuscitation Officer Mike Dadd.
Following South East Coast Ambulance Service's help, the police and prison service plan to set up a defibrillator training programme and hope to spread it across the island.
SECAmb Chief Executive Paul Sutton said: “We are passionate about increasing the access to defibrillators across our region, as they are such a vital and valuable tool in treating cardiac arrest.
I am delighted that this passion has now been extended across so many miles to benefit the residents of St Helena.”