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Some tanning salons in Bristol are flouting sunbed rules

Sunbeds are restricted by law to over 18s only Credit: ITV News West Country

New cases of skin cancer in Bristol have tripled in the last five years to 2,603 cases in 2013, according to combined figures from University Hospitals Bristol and the North Bristol Trust.

Now checks by Bristol City Council have revealed some tanning salons in the city are still failing to prevent under 18s using sunbeds, which is against the law, despite earlier warnings.

The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 came into force in April 2011 and introduced an age restriction for people using tanning salons to people over 18.

Working with Avon and Somerset Police, the council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards teams revisited five tanning salons which had allowed a 15-year-old girl to use their sunbeds last year. The test purchasing operation showed that two of the salons once again allowed an underage volunteer access to a sunbed.

“I am disappointed that these salons failed to take notice of advice and information they have been given to ensure they comply with the law to protect young people from harmful exposure to UV radiation and that they did not question the age of the young volunteer or ask her for ID.”

– Laraine Tregale, Environmental Health Officer


Bristol health forum to promote ethic minority wellbeing

People living in Bristol have been given free health checks and well-being advice today in an event aiming to make care more accessible for ethnic minorities.

As well as information on disease prevention, the event at the City Academy included workshops to encourage exercise and demonstrations for children, teaching them how to keep fit.

"I think we all need to know a little bit more about our own health, what keeps us healthy - it's more than just five a day, it's more than just doing exercise; it's about learning about your diseases, the things that you might fall prey to. Our communities need to mix together, they need to know each other and health is one of those unifying themes where we all can draw something from."

– Peaches Golding, campaigner

Bristol's first Macmillan Wellbeing Centre opens

Bristol's first Macmillan Wellbeing Centre opens at Southmead Hospital Credit: ITV News

Bristol's first cancer centre opens at the new Southmead Hospital today. The Macmillan Wellbeing Centre will be based in Beaufort House and is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and North Bristol NHS Trust. The drop-in centre will offer advice and support to people with cancer, their friends and relatives.

Cancer survivor calls for early breast screening

A cancer survivor from South Gloucestershire is calling on the Government to reduce the age all women are screened for breast cancer after her illness was spotted purely by chance. Currently routine screening does not happen before the age of 50.

Patsy Coleman was randomly selected for an early examination as part of a pilot scheme. It revealed she had different cancers in each breast. Patsy immediately had a double mastectomy to save her life.

Around 4,800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the South West every year. 80 per cent survive for 10 years or more.

The disease kills 1,100 women in the South West every year.


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Devastation to triumph: Family's meningitis journey

It's an illness that leaves many parents terrified but, despite years of publicity, it seems the early signs of meningitis can still be difficult to spot.

Lydia Cross from Braunton in North Devon lost both her legs to the disease - her sister Millie survived unscathed. The whole family have now become ambassadors for the Meningitis Research Foundation. The video above tells their story over the past 12 years.

Suspected meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency. Here are the early signs to look out for:

  • a fever, with cold hands and feet
  • vomiting
  • drowsiness and difficulty waking up
  • confusion and irritability
  • severe muscle pain
  • pale, blotchy skin, and a distinctive rash (although not everyone will have this)
  • a severe headache
  • stiff neck
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • convulsion or seizures

For more information, visit the NHS's meningitis information pages.

Consultant calls for ban on unhealthy food in hospitals

A weight loss surgeon from Bristol is calling for a ban coffee shops and vending machines from selling sugary drinks and unhealthy food in hospitals.

Sally Norton works at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital. She says hospitals should promote more nutritious foods to make it easier for patients to make healthier choices.

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health service told to improve

The body that runs NHS mental health services in Avon and Wiltshire has been told it must improve in thirty-two different areas, including patient safety.

It follows a planned inspection by the regulator, the CQC, which highlighted staff shortages at Fromeside, unsuitable premises at Blackberry Hill, both in Bristol, and poor layout at Hillview Lodge in Bath.

The trust insists improvements are being made.

Iain Tulley is from Avon and Wilts Mental Health Trust:

Labour candidate joins call for Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital

A petition of 14,000 signatures has been handed to South Gloucestershire's health bosses calling for a Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital.

Jo McCarron, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Kingswood, says a local service is important for the people in her constituency.

Campaigners held a protest outside in Kingswood Park this morning. People living in the area say they were promised the unit after one at Frenchay Hospital closed.

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