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Stolen defibrillator to be replaced after donations

Eight defibrillators have been taken from Bristol and South Gloucestershire in recent weeks. Credit: ITV News West Country

Life saving equipment stolen from Frenchay village hall near Bristol is to be replaced, after two donors came forward.

The defibrillator was one of eight taken from the area in recent weeks. The thefts caused outrage in the community because they help people suffering cardiac arrests. But now £2000 has been given for a new one.

Inquest hears mother's emotional account of baby's death at Bristol Children's Hospital

Lacey-Marie Poton died at Bristol Children's Hospital when she was four months old Credit: ITV News

An inquest has heard an emotional account from the mother of a four-month-old baby who lost her life at Bristol Children's hospital.

Lacey-Marie Poton was born with a complex heart condition and had 3 operations at Bristol. Her mother Emma Norley, who's from Fishponds, told the inquest this morning she felt her baby was too sick to be sent home.

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Life saving defibrillators stolen from Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Thieves have been accused of putting lives at risk after 8 defibrillators were stolen from Bristol and South Gloucestershire

The life saving devices are installed in public places to provide immediate first aid to someone who's heart has stopped beating.

They cost up to £2000 each and are often funded through charity donations.

Victoria Davies reports:

Mother speaks of anguish as baby's inquest begins

The mother of a baby girl who died after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital has spoken of her anguish ahead of today's inquest into her daughter's death.

Four-month-old Lacey-Marie Poton suffered a cardiac arrest after she was discharged from hospital in July 2013.

Her mother Emma Norley, who's from Bristol, hopes the two-day inquest will shed light on her unanswered questions.

Katie Rowlett reports:

Bath Royal United Hospital chief apologises for delays

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The chief executive of Bath's Royal United Hospital has apologised to patients who have had to wait more than four hours to be seen by an emergency doctor.

James Scott said he also wanted to say sorry to patients who had surgery or other procedures cancelled while wards were full of emergency patients. Christmas week saw a 17 per cent increase in emergency ambulances arriving at the hospital compared with the previous year.

"We are sorry that some patients have had to remain in the Emergency Department for longer than the four hour target. However, our priority has been the safety of our patients and the Emergency Department, and whilst our patients’ experiences may not always have been what we aim to provide, at no time was their care or safety compromised.

"A major challenge facing the RUH has been caused by the increase in the number of inpatients on our wards that no longer need to be in an acute hospital but need support from other services. We have been working closely with our partners who provide social care and health services in the community and this needs to continue in the coming days so that the hospital can get back to normal working."

– James Scott, Chief Executive, RUH

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Police investigate thefts of eight defibrillators in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Ray Care outside Frenchay Village Hall with a now empty cabinet. Credit: ITV News West Country

Police are investigating the thefts of eight defibrillator units in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

One outside Frenchay Village Hall was stolen over Christmas. Others have gone missing from locations including Fishponds, Pucklechurch and Easton.

Defibrillators are used to deliver a shock to someone's heart after they suffer a cardiac arrest.

All but one of the regions hospitals failed to meet A&E targets

Only one of the region's hospitals met government targets for seeing patients in A&E during the busy Christmas week.

According to the targets, departments are supposed to see 95% of patients within four hours.

But all the major A&E units in our region - except one - failed to meet that target.

The worst performing were:

  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust saw 86% of patients within four hours.
  • The Great Western Hospital saw 83% of patients.
  • And Royal United Hospitals Bath saw just 81% percent of patients within four hours.

Statistics also revealed that at the Royal United Hospital in Bath more than 120 patients were forced to wait up to twelve hours in A&E before they were treated or discharged.

This has been a pressured week for the region's emergency departments. Non-urgent surgery has been cancelled for a second day at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. Meanwhile Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General said they were continuing to declare major incident status due to high demand in their A&E departments.

But the government says it's doing enough to help; more than £700 million has been given to A&E departments this winter.

"Patients are staying longer" NHS spokesman on A&E difficulties

Hospitals across the region have been struggling to cope with increased demand over the winter. Emergency departments at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General say they couldn't cope with the high number of patients over the weekend, and declared a major incident.

A&E departments at Southmead hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General have also asked people to stay away unless absolutely necessary.

A spokesman from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust outlines some of the reasons why hospitals are struggling:

The main problem has been an increase in the number of sick patients coming through our doors, and those are mainly elderly patients with respiratory illness. So we’re admitting more patients, those patients are staying longer, and then some of those patients at the end of their illness are difficult to get home and our community beds are full of patients as well.

– Tom Llewellyn, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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