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Prince Charles will open X-Ray unit at Tetbury Hospital

The Prince of Wales will visit Tetbury Hospital Credit: PA:Yui Mok

The Prince of Wales will visit Tetbury Hospital and will open the newly upgraded X-ray unit later today.

It's the first unit upgrade in over a decade and more than £100,000 has been spent improving the facilities.

Prince Charles is a patron of The Friends of Tetbury Hospital and it is his local hospital.


Breaking into news: Why is mental health funding so low?

One in four adults will suffer from mental health problems at some stage in their lives - and many campaigners believe funding to tackle the issue remains woefully inadequate.

That was the motivation for one young woman to contact ITV West Country - and make a film about her experiences of living with mental illness.

Katie Noonan from Honiton did that as part of our Breaking into News initiative at ITV - a scheme aimed at giving young people the chance to get involved in broadcasting.

She's received the support of not only her family and friends but her local MP.

Watch her full report, and listen to Katie live in the studio, on ITV WestCountry tonight at 6pm.

Here, Ben Bradshaw tells Katie what he thinks of her efforts.

Warning as toxic smog moves air pollution levels to red alert

Smog covering a city last year Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

A toxic smog is set to sweep over the South West today prompting warnings for the elderly and asthmatics to take particular care.

Experts are warning the deadly pollution could put thousands of ill and vulnerable Brits’ health at risk. Asthamatics are being warned to carry their inhalers and go indoors if they experience any symptoms.

The South West will be particularly affected, with DEFRA's air pollution index warning hitting levels as high as eight.

Officials say the problem is being caused by smog blowing in from Europe.

Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms.

People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.

Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.



Couple call for meningitis vaccine after both their daughters fall ill

Millie and Lydia Cross contracted different strains of meningitis Credit: ITV News

The parents of two young girls who contracted Bacterial Meningitis are calling on the Government to speed up the introduction of a vaccine on the NHS.

Lydia Cross from Wiltshire lost both her legs to the disease, her sister Millie survived unscathed. The vaccine has been recommended for use since March last year but negotiations continue over cost.

Jodie and Tony Cross have now written to their MP begging for help to get the vaccine introduced. The family are ambassadors for the Meningitis Research Foundation based in Thornbury near Bristol.

Amateur jockey airlifted to hospital

Amateur jockey Tom Weston has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital after his horse fell at Cheltenham Credit: PA

Experienced amateur jockey Tom Weston has been airlifted to Southmead Hospital with injuries after his horse, Benbane Head, fell at the 14th fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase.

He was attended on the course by doctors and medical personnel and then taken to Cheltenham Racecourse's medical centre before being airlifted to hospital - he was breathing and conscious at the time.

Benbane Head ridden by Matt O'Connor going to post for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase during Cheltenham Festival 2012 Credit: PA

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
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