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Norovirus closes three wards at Weston General Hospital

Three wards at the Weston General Hospital have been closed due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

Draycott, Berrow, and Kewstoke are all being affected.

People are being asked to stay away if they have any of the symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Norovirus symptoms

  • suddenly feeling sick
  • projectile vomiting
  • watery diarrhoea
  • Some people also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs

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Hundreds turn out in Portishead for mother walking UK

What started out as a simple coffee morning in Portishead ended up attracting over two hundred people in support of the Elizabeth's Footprint campaign.

Somerset Hall, Portishead. Credit: ITV West Country

Five-year-old Elizabeth Spencer died at the Bristol Children's Hospital in December 2015, after succumbing to HLH - a rare autoimmune disorder. Her mother Natalia Spencer is walking the entire Great British coast in order to raise £100,000 for the hospital's Grand Appeal.

Elizabeth Spencer, aged 5. Credit: Family photo
Elizabeth spent 18 days unconscious in hospital. Credit: Family photo

Natalia began at Durdle Door in Dorset in February and aims to return there early next year.

Today's event in Portishead was partly organised by Heidi Loughlin, local cancer patient and blogger, whose illness led her to lose a child too. Heidi also hosted Natalia for two nights and joined her for the Portishead part of the walk.

To find out more about Natalia's journey, visit the Elizabeth's Footprint campaign page.

To read more about Heidi's time with Natalia, click here.

Southmead Hospital's A&E improves its CQC rating

Southmead Hospital's A&E department is now rated as 'Good'. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Health watchdog has found Southmead Hospital's Accident and Emergency department has improved after their latest inspection.

A year ago it had been rated as 'Inadequate' and the Care Quality Commission had serious concerns at the safety of the service.

The department's rating has now been upgraded to 'Good'. Dr Kirsten Jones is a consultant at the hospital:

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Extra ambulances to cope with Easter demand

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More than 700 extra ambulance staff have been hired this weekend to cope with predicted record levels of 999 calls.

15,000 incidents are expected

The South West Ambulance Service is putting on an extra eighteen ambulances every day over the Easter break. Health bosses are urging people to avoid A&E unless absolutely necessary.

With extra staff on duty, around the clock, we're ready. But the truth is, we have a finite number of ambulances and highly-trained staff available. This means we will, as always, focus on those patients with a life-threatening condition.

– Ken Wenman, Chief Executive, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
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