A 75 year old woman was left stranded at a hospital in Bath - after private ambulance crews failed to pick her up.
Thousands of children across Bristol are expected to take part in a flu vaccination programme which started today.
The latest series of the popular TV show "One Born Every Minute" is being filmed in Bristol. We went to meet some of the brand new stars.
The consequences of not getting enough exercise is costing the UK economy around £20 billion a year but today a scheme has begun to try to tackle the problem.
It is supported by the Conservative MP for Bristol North West Charlotte Leslie, and sporting stars rallied around to launch a Parliamentary Commission which aims to answer the question - how do you get children to do more exercise?
Organisers of the annual Stoptober anti-smoking campaign say that more than 2,000 people in Bristol have quit during the past month.
SmokeFree South West also claims that more than 2,000 smokers in each county have also given up in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire during the 28 day campaign.
The health watchdog the Care Quality Commission. has divided all the trusts in the country into six bands according to performance.
Among the best rated are University Hospitals Bristol and Dorset County Hospital, but there are concerns about those in Weston-super-Mare and Bath, as Bob Cruwys reports.
Weston Area Health NHS Trust has responded to Care Quality Commission report judging it to be 'at risk' of providing poor care to patients
– Statement from Weston Area Health NHS Trust
Delivering high standards of patient care is our absolute priority at Weston.
Having recognised that in the past we weren’t always achieving this, a programme of improvements and investments across the Trust have been put in place.
Although we are disappointed that our banding is low, some of it is based on historic data.
And so we look forward to welcoming the CQC back to Weston General so they can see the improvements we’ve already made and support us in making more changes so that we can deliver the standard of care the community of North Somerset deserve.
The Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust has been criticised for the time taken to treat patients as well as its number of cancelled operations.
The Weston Area Health NHS Trust has been found to have issues with bed blocking and staff training.
Professor Sir Mike Richards is Chief Inspector Hospitals, for the Care Quality Commission.
The Care Quality Commission rated the UK's NHS trusts on their ability to provide good care. In the list below, 6 is the highest rating (i.e. not at risk of providing poor care) and 1 is the lowest (i.e. at risk of providing poor care).
- Weston Area Health 2
- Royal United Hospital Bath 2
- Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases 3
- Great Western Hospitals 3
- Gloucestershire Hospitals 4
- Yeovil District Hospital 5
- Taunton and Somerset 5
- North Bristol 5
- University Hospitals Bristol 6
Two hospital trusts in the region are 'at risk' of providing poor care to patients, according to a Care Quality Commission report - they are Royal United Hospital Bath and Weston Area Health. The report found that nearly a quarter of hospitals in the UK are similarly 'at risk'.
However, the report named University Hospitals Bristol as one of the trusts least 'at risk'.
The Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust has been criticised for the time taken to treat patients as well as its number of cancelled operations. The Weston Area Health NHS Trust has been found to have issues with bed blocking and staff training.
For the first time, children aged two and three years old, and at risk children have taken part in a flu vaccination programme which uses a nasal spray instead of an injection.
The vaccination is free and takes seconds to administer, health experts hope it will help reduce serious illnesses amongst the most vulnerable this winter. Richard Payne reports.
Our reporter Richard Payne asked parents at the Greenway Centre in Southmead why they'd brought their children to be vaccinated:
Dr Daniel Brett, GP at Greenway Community Practice in Southmead, says the new flu nasal vaccination is proving popular with children because unlike injections it doesn't hurt!