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Mother who lost son to leukaemia pays for new unit at Bristol Children's Hospital

Paula Banks has raised £100,000, which has paid for a new playroom at Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: ITV News

A woman from Bristol whose son died from leukaemia has raised a hundred thousand pounds for the city's children's hospital.

The money, raised by Paula Banks, has paid for a new playroom and conservatory at the hospital's new cancer unit. The room includes a tribute to Paula's son Jack, who was just 9 when he died.

Paula says: "People really got behind the cause. It just went crazy really and over a few years managed to get to the target. To be stood here today it's just a wonderful lasting legacy to my son."

Bristol campaign to reduce cervical cancer deaths

A campaign will be launched in Bristol to reduce the number of deaths from cervical cancer.

Around a quarter of teenage girls in the city have not been properly vaccinated against the disease.

The HPV vaccine helps protect against 70% of cervical cancers, but Bristol has one of the lowest uptakes of the vaccine in the South West.

25% of Bristol's teenage girls remain unvaccinated


Bath scientists could slow Parkinson's disease

Scientists at Bath University have developed a substance that could help slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.

The peptide substance sticks to the protein that causes the disease - stopping it from growing and killing brain cells.

Parkinson's cause tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement. It is a progressive neurological disease that affects around 1 in 500 people in the UK.

The disease affects around one in 500 people in the UK.

Bath hospital: visiting restrictions still in place

“Following a review this morning, visiting restrictions are still in place at the RUH. We currently have two wards closed. The situation is under daily review and we will notify the public as soon as visiting restrictions are lifted. We thank the public for their cooperation and understanding throughout this period.

– Bath Hospital Spokesperson

Health Officials urge people with norovirus to stay at home

Norovirus still affecting our hospitals Credit: ITV News

Health officials across the west country are asking people to stay away from hospitals if they have the norovirus.

Four wards remain closed at the Royal United Hospital in Bath following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

There's also restricted access to some wards at Yeovil and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

As everyone knows, the NHS is under great pressure this winter, especially the hospitals. If you experience the symptoms of Norovirus please stay at home and do not go to your GP or hospital for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop. There is nothing your GP can do while you have the symptoms - just keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

– Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset,

We all need to help our hospitals at this time. Norovirus is already affecting them and impacting on health care. Please stay at home while you recover from this unpleasant but short-lived illness and help stop the spread.

– Cllr Christine Lawrence, Somerset County Council

Hospitals still failing to meet A&E waiting targets

Most hospitals in the region are failing to meet A&E targets Credit: ITV News

Hospitals in the West are continuing to fall short of Government targets for dealing with emergency patients within four hours. The latest figures - for the week ending 15 February show only Yeovil District Hospital meeting the 95% target.

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust (Glos Royal & Chelt Gen) - 73.9%
  • North Bristol Trust (Southmead Hosp) - 77.1%
  • Weston Area Health Trust (Weston General) - 81.6%
  • Royal United Hospitals Trust - 82.6%
  • Great Western Hospitals Trust - 88.0%
  • University Hospitals Bristol Trust (BRI) - 88.6%
  • Taunton & Somerset Trust (Musgrove Park) - 94.8%
  • Yeovil District Hospital Trust - 95.1%


Norovirus closes wards at Bath's Royal United Hospital

Visiting is only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Credit: ITV News

The Royal United Hospital in Bath continues to battle an outbreak of norovirus.

Five wards are now closed to new admissions, although the hospital hopes one of them will have reopened by the weekend.

The highly contagious vomiting and diarrhoea bug is affecting patients and staff, and visiting is restricted apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Norovirus keeping visitors away from RUH Bath

A contagious sickness bug is keeping visitors away from RUH Bath. Credit: ITV News

Visitors are restricted at Bath's Royal United Hospital due to an outbreak of norovirus.

The highly infectious diarrhoea and vomiting bug usually lasts for 48 hours, and people who have had symptoms in that time are being asked to stay away from the hospital.

The affected wards are Pulteney Ward, Robin Smith Ward, William Budd Ward, Haygarth Ward and Forrester Brown Ward.

Gloucester hospital restricting visitors due to suspected norovirus

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has closed several wards. Credit: ITV News

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has closed several wards today following an outbreak of a diarrhoea and vomiting illness.

Director of Nursing Maggie Arnold said this was a precautionary measure to control the spread of infection, and that the hospital is hoping to reintroduce visiting in a few days. Maternity wards are still open to visitors, but children's wards are only for parents and carers. Relatives who wish to visit on compassionate grounds are asked to speak to ward staff before entering.

I hope that families and friends will understand that we need to protect our vulnerable patients and that is why we are asking them not to visit for this short period. We would strongly urge people to take notice and act on the Combat Norovirus campaign messages which have got a high profile presence on posters, large banners and signs at both main hospitals.

– Maggie Arnold, Director of Nursing, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
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