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Children's Hospital emergency department reopens

Paediatric Emergency Department prepares to reopen Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol Children's Hospital will be officially reopening it's Paediatric Emergency Department after a £350k redesign and refurbishment to improve its services and facilities. To mark the occasion, Ben Faulks (Mr Bloom) will host a ceremonial unveiling and cut the ribbon.

Ben Faulks meets staff and patients at the official reopening. Credit: ITV News West Country
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Warning over E Coli outbreak after ten cases confirmed

Bacteria seen in petri dish in experiment Credit: Press Association

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a number of cases of illness in Dorset caused by the E. coli bacteria.

PHE is leading on the investigation of this cluster of illnesses caused by a rare strain of the bacteria called Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli 055 (VTEC 055).

Since July, ten people have been diagnosed with this infection which can cause bloody diarrhoea and seven of those affected have developed kidney problems – called haemolytic uraemic syndrome - a serious complication of an E. coli infection. There have been no deaths.

PHE and local authorities routinely investigate all cases of E. coli infection, aiming to identify the source and take any necessary actions to protect the public’s health. This is a rare strain of the infection and all those affected and their close contacts are being followed up and further investigations are taking place to determine the likely source.

As some cases have occurred in people associated with a children's nursery, letters have been sent to parents whose children attend the nursery and staff, informing them about E. Coli O55 and the ongoing investigation. As part of routine screening, stool samples are being taken from children and staff as a precautionary measure.

Letters have also been sent to hospital doctors and local GPs, alerting them to the possibility of infection and asking they report any further cases of bloody diarrhoea.


Bath hospital has lowest level of complaints in UK

Bath's mineral water hospital has come top in Britain's first hospital complaints league table.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust had just 12 complaints in 2013 to 2014 while some trusts attracted thousands of grievances.

The figures were revealed by the ombudsman's office, which investigates complaints in the NHS.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, also known as the Mineral Water hospital Credit: PA

Winterbourne promises neglected, says report

The former Winterbourne View care home in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire Credit: PA

Promises made after the Winterbourne View scandal have still not been met, according to an official report.

11 people were convicted for abusing residents at the South Gloucestershire care home in 2011.

As a result, ministers pledged to move people out of institutions and into the community by June this year but there has been little change.

We need to radically ramp up the rights of people with learning disabilities and their families. We need to ramp up community provision so that we can close institutions that hurt people rather than help them.

– Sir Stephen Bubb, report author

Bristol City fans raise £10,000 for six-year-old Oskar

Bristol City fans have raised £10,000 for a young boy with cerebral palsy.

6-year-old Oskar Pycroft led the team out in his wheelchair ahead of their match against Preston North End on Saturday. The club have given their backing to a campaign to raise money for an operation in America which could help Oskar walk.

Oskar Pycroft leads out the team at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport
Bristol City Captain Wade Elliott pushes Oskar in front of thousands Credit: Bristol Sport
Oskar gives a high ten to the Robins mascot Credit: Bristol Sport
That all-important bucket - Saturday's collection at the ground raised £10,000 towards Oskar's operation Credit: Bristol Sport


Health workers picket the BRI in Bristol

Health workers and ambulance staff across the region have been taking part in a four hour strike in a long-running dispute over pay.

They walked out between 7am and 11am today and will be working to rule for the rest of the month.

Health staff picket the Bristol Royal Infirmary as part of the national action Credit: ITV News
Staff are calling for a 1% pay increase, which the Government says it can't afford Credit: ITV News

Health workers on four-hour strike this morning

Health workers and ambulance staff across the region are taking part in a four hour strike today.

Members of the GMB and Unison unions will walk out between 7am and 11 am in an ongoing dispute over pay.

They will also refuse to do any unpaid overtime until the end of the month.

Health workers went on strike last month too. Credit: PA

Bristol City captain helps young fan raise money for operation

It's not everyday that the captain of Bristol City pops round to your house for a cup of tea to chat football but thats exactly what happened to 6 year old Oskar Pycroft.

Oskar suffers from cerebral palsy and Wade Elliott is lending his support as the family try to raise money for an operation in America which could help him walk.

A match to remember for one 6 year-old City fan

A six year-old Bristol City fan will be leading out the team in his wheelchair as they face Preston North End at Ashton Gate tomorrow.

Oskar Pycroft has cerebral palsy and other problems and his family are raising money for an operation in the USA, which could help him walk.

Their campaign has won the backing of the club.

'They're doing a bucket collection for my operation and do you know why I want the operation? So I can walk more.'

– Oskar Pycroft
Oskar at home with Robbins Captain Wade Elliot. Credit: ITV News
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