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Bristol hospital maternity services ranked top in UK

CQC Maternity Survey compared the maternity services of 133 acute trusts. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA

St Michael’s Hospital maternity services have been ranked top in the country.

A new survey compared the maternity services of 133 acute trusts across the country, with patient feedback that covered the service offered before, during and after birth.

From results gathered by the Care Quality Commission, St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol scored better than expected on 53% of the questions asked, ranking the service joint top in the country.

The hospital believe its midwifery-led-unit described as a 'home from home environment', has improved women’s experiences of giving birth.

This is an outstanding result for the service and all those involved.

The Maternity service wants to continually improve the service it offers to women and families, therefore it will be shortly piloting the use of family rooms on the post-natal wards to allow partners to stay overnight where this can be accommodated.

– Sarah Windfeld, head of midwifery at St Michael’s


Teen admits starting huge fire at Gloucester warehouse

More than a hundred firefighters tackled the blaze last October. Credit: @Chris_l_Esquire

A 19-year-old from Gloucester has admitted starting the huge fire which wrecked the 150 year old warehouse in Gloucester last October.

Scott Parker pleaded guilty to arson by setting fire to the Provender Mill in Bakers Quay, intending to destroy it.

Martin Rodger, also 19 and from Gloucester denied the same charge. Both teens also pleaded not guilty to two charges of arson in which less serious damage was done to the same building and also to the Peel Centre car park.

The fire caused structural damage to the derelict warehouse. Credit: ITV West Country

The major Provender Mill fire which Parker admitted starting, was tackled by more than a hundred firefighters. It led to fears there may have been people trapped in the derelict buildings, which were known to be used for shelter by the homeless.

Police and fire experts carefully checked through the wreckage but later stated there had been no human casualties.

Both defendants have been remanded in custody ahead of a trial in March.

Man who died in River Avon in Bristol named

The scene on Welsh Back where the man's body was pulled from the river. Credit: ITV News

A man who died in the River Avon in Bristol in the early hours of Saturday has been formally identified.

Scott Rooney’s body was recovered from the water near Welsh Back by police divers later the same day.

An investigation is now underway to establish how the 22-year-old, from Winford, came to be in the water.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen saw Scott enter the water, to get in touch.

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