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Weston-super-Mare NHS Trust 'must improve'

Weston General Hospital Credit: ITV News

Weston-super-Mare's NHS trust has been told it must improve by the health regulator, the CQC.

Although the trust, based at the town's General Hospital, was described as "caring", inspectors said patients waited too long to be assessed in A and E, while a shortage of consultants was putting strain on junior doctors.

When you've got that number of vacancies over a sustained period of time it makes life pretty tough. The doctors who are there are working hard but they're under consistent pressure in a way that's more severe than we've seen anywhere else.

– Mary Cridge, Care Quality Commission


New leg ulcer treatment is changing lives in Wiltshire

Patients in Wiltshire are the first in our region to benefit from an innovative new treatment. Credit: ITV News

Patients across Wiltshire are the first in the South West to benefit from a innovative new treatment for leg ulcers.

Community nursing teams from Great Western Hospitals Trust are now using sleek compression treatment, rather than layered bandages. This means patients with venous leg ulcers can now fit trousers over the top of the treatment and wear shoes - changing the lives of dozens of people.

Widow baffled by ambulance service failures

The widow of a man who died after a five hour ambulance delay says she can't understand why ambulance workers didn't take his meningitis symptoms more seriously.

I am extremely concerned about the treatment he received by the ambulance staff and I was baffled at the time that they didn’t seem to be taking into consideration his symptoms and the urgency of his situation.

I am still amazed now that the paramedics took such a long time to realise the red flag symptoms of meningitis that Mthuthuzeli was experiencing and it took them six hours to send an ambulance. It is incredibly well known that you have to act quickly if someone starts to suffer from symptoms of meningitis and his death could have been avoided if they had taken the care and attention to give him the medical care he rightly deserved.

– Lisa Armitage, widow


Coroner criticises ambulance service over delays

A Coroner has ruled that ambulance service failures contributed to a man's death. 38-year-old Mthuthuzeli Mpongwana died from meningitis at the Bristol Royal Infirmary after waiting five hours for an ambulance. The Coroner said his death was from natural causes but it "was contributed to by a failure to take appropriate action in the face of an obvious need".

Warning issued over dangerous vodka bottles

An image of the vodka bottle label. Credit: North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council have issued a warning to the public about fake bottles of vodka being sold, which have been contaminated with anti-freeze.

The warning only applies to bottles with a label that reads 'Imperial No 1 Signature Vodka' in bold blue type on a white background.

The contaminated bottles are not marked with a manufacturer's name and address.

The advice from Trading Standards is "do not drink it, always walk away from alcohol that is not marked with a manufacturer's name and address."

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