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People urged to consider alternatives to A&E

People are being asked to ensure they really need to be in A&E, and to consider alternatives such as urgent care centres.

Over the winter many emergency departments have struggled with to cope with the sheer volume of patients.

One centre in Bristol says coming to them can be the best option if you're injured or ill but it's not an emergency.

New intensive care unit opens at the BRI today

A state-of-the-art intensive care unit opens at the Bristol Royal Infirmary today. The new unit will be used to care for critically ill patients and has been equipped with the latest technology. Patient care will be completely electronic, removing the need for paper records. It is part of a £143 million redevelopment program.


Campaigners label Bristol's smoke free zones as 'creeping prohibition'

Campaigners from smokers' group Forest have criticised the ban as an example of "creeping prohibition".

Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places. Now campaigners want to ban it outside. This is creeping prohibition. Extending public smoking bans to outdoor areas is illiberal and unwarranted. Smoking in the open air harms no-one apart, perhaps, from the consumer - and that's their choice.

– Simon Clark, Director of Forest
Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones Credit: ITV News

Cities including New York, Toronto and Hong Kong have already banned smoking in key outdoor locations but Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones.

Millennium and Anchor Squares are home to the At-Bristol science museum, shops and restaurants, and are well-used play spaces for children.

Parts of Bristol become smoke-free today

A voluntary smoking ban starts in Millennium Square today Credit: ITV News

Two squares in Bristol will become the first major public outdoor spaces in UK to go smoke-free.

From today a voluntary smoking ban will be in place in Millennium Square and Anchor Square. The area is home to the At-Bristol science museum and often hosts festivals and other family friendly events.

The project is part of the Smokefree South West campaign.

School children swim for Harmonie-Rose

Donations for a baby who lost all her limbs to meningitis have continued to pour in. Money raised for 14 month old Harmonie-Rose has now reached £150,000. The family say they're overwhelmed by people's kindness and genoristy - which shows no signs of stopping.

A group of school children from Bath are preparing to swim 1,344 lengths of their school swimming pool tomorrow - the equivalent length of the English Channel. The Monkton Combe Prep School students say they were inspired to help Harmonie-Rose after hearing about her in a school assembly.


Historic Bath hospital saved by larger NHS Trust

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases was originally founded in 1738 Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath will be saved by a larger NHS trust after running into financial difficulty.

The specialist hospital provides leading rehabilitation and rheumatology care, including chronic pain and fatigue.

The hospital has suffered serious financial problems for some time due to its small size, housing only 25 beds.

"We were promised this" - Kingswood MP criticises delays over minor injuries unit

People living near Cossham Hospital say they were promised a minor injuries unit when the one at Frenchay closed Credit: ITV News

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has strongly criticised delays in building a minor injuries unit as Cossham hospital, even though it was promised five years ago.

He has told MPs that his constituents faced an awkward journey to Southmead because the unit had not been built, despite a well-supported public campaign.

Parents of toddler who died after surgery "still have many unanswered questions"

The parents of a toddler who died a day after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital say they still have many unanswered questions.

An inquest heard how Isabella Janew had been given two overdoses by doctors when she suffered a cardiac arrest in September 2013. But a coroner said the cause of death had been due to a congenital heart condition and recorded a narrative conclusion.

This means that the cause of death is recorded without attributing the cause to a named individual.

Here are Isabella's parents speaking after the inquest:

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