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Sleepwalker who fell down stairs 'will never walk again'

Kate is adjusting to life in a wheelchair at a spinal unit in Wiltshire. Credit: ITV West Country

A woman from South Gloucestershire who fell downstairs while sleepwalking has been told she will be paralysed for life.

Kate Sell broke her back in the accident at her home in Chipping Sodbury in June. She had hoped to regain movement below her chest, but her spinal cord has been severed.

She's adjusting to life in a wheelchair at a spinal unit in Wiltshire.

Before her accident Kate Sell led an active life with her husband Kevin. Credit: Family


Bristol home to preventative cancer research

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A £4 million research programme to try and prevent and predict cancer development has begun in Bristol.

The 5 year programme is a partnership between the city's university and Cancer Research UK. It will use advances in genetics and molecular technology to understand the causes of the disease, and to inform the development of preventative interventions in people at risk of, or diagnosed with, cancer.

Paramedics recruited from Europe begin training

Paramedics recruited from Eastern Europe by South Western Ambulance Service have begun their practical training.

The 17 recruits have been working at a specialist centre in Gloucester, acting out different scenarios to test their medical knowledge.

Vacancies at the Trust have fallen by almost a quarter since the recruitment drive in May.

Student paramedic Petra Hldbilova worked as a paramedic in the Czech Republic before being recruited by SWAST. She says working in the UK is very different.


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CQC: some of Dorset's health services need improvement

Many community health services in Dorset require improvement, according to the Care Quality Commission.

Some services were rated outstanding Credit: ITV West Country

Some services were highly rated by the CQC: it praises staff for being caring and compassionate, and other services were better than expected.

However, it found problems with some minor injuries units and mental health services for young people, and the overall rating was that services require improvement.

Overview and CQC inspection ratings

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust provides health and social care to 700,000 people across Dorset. More than half of the trust’s services are provided in the community, in people’s homes, clinics and schools.

The Trust says the investigation's findings are fair.

Consistency is the real challenge and what the CQC report highlights is we have got some outstanding and good services alongside some that are not so good and the challenge is to bring them all up to the standard of the best.

– RON SHIELDS, Chief executive, Dorset Healthcare Trust
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