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Duchess of Cornwall to visit new Prospect Hospice centre

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the new outreach centre of a hospice providing vital services to local communities Credit: PA: Anthony Harvey

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the new outreach centre of a hospice providing vital services to local communities.

Camilla will tour Prospect Hospice's new facility at Savernake Hospital in the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough, which gives care and support to patients, carers and families dealing with terminal illness.

The local community rallied together and raised the target total of £260,000 in under four months and the centre's doors were opened in October last year.

During the visit the Duchess, who is the hospice's president, will meet some of the fundraisers who supported the campaign as well as staff, patients, carers and families who are now using the new facilities.

Camilla will also visit Forest and Sandridge Church of England Primary School, in the nearby town of Melksham to officially open its new building.

Work on the new school began in October 2014 and was completed last September, in time for the start of the new school year.

The Duchess will tour the new facilities, meeting staff and students along the way and her visit will end with Camilla attending a school assembly.

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Region's hospitals declare black alert

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Hospitals in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have declared they are on black alert.

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead and Weston General Hospital are among those placed on the system-wide black escalation status on Monday.

It comes after a huge influx of people using the A&E system and health bosses are now urging people to only use A&E for life-threatening emergencies.

People are instead encouraged to visit walk in centres, pharmacists or call NHS helpline, 111.

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It's the second time in a month the hospitals have declared the status.

In recent days we have seen an increase in hospital admissions together with a higher number of very ill patients who need to stay in hospital for longer.

We are coping with demand and have put in place a range of measures to increase capacity and ensure that people are discharged once they no longer need specialist hospital services.

However we do anticipate that we will remain in escalation for a number of days and encourage people to help us manage pressure in the system by using services appropriately and avoiding A&E for non-emergency conditions.

– Dr Peter Goyder, Bristol CCG Clinical Lead for Urgent Care and local GP

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'How could anyone think that my son was overweight?'

Jack McKenzie was branded as overweight when a school nurse calculated his BMI from his height and weight.

His mum Emily hopes to begin a campaign to find a different way of measuring children.

Emily says her son is growing, and the measurement reflects badly on parents, causing some to form unfair opinions of them.

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