NHS computer system "failed" Samuel

The inquest into Samuel Starr's death, says he died after a new NHS computer system "failed" to book a vital hospital scan.

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Men only weight loss group to tackle obesity

Figures out today show that one district in our region - Sedgemoor in Somerset - is one of the five worst places for obesity in the country.

Overall, 6 out of 10 of us are overweight or obese - with accompanying health problems.

Many men find it difficult to admit they have a problem but it's hoped that the launch of the South West's first men only weight loss group in Bristol will help.

We spoke to some of those attending the session.


Sedgemoor is one of five worst areas for obesity

Sedgemoor fares badly in a Public Health survey Credit: ITV News West Country

Sedgemoor in Somerset is one of the five worst areas for obesity in England, with just under three quarters of people overweight or obese. That's according to a survey by Public Health England.

The British Heart Foundation says too many people weigh too much and this should prompt local authorities to take action. It's hoped the figures will help them monitor their progress in tackling the problem.

Air ambulance lands in Bristol park for critical patient

The helicopter in Arnos Vale Park, Bristol. Credit: ITV News/Caron Bell

The Great Western air ambulance made an unexpected appearance in Arnos Court Park, Bristol, this morning. A patient was critically ill in Brislington and the helicopter allowed a doctor and paramedic to reach them quickly. The patient was later transferred by road ambulance to Frenchay Hospital.

The helicopter can carry a pilot, two medical staff, and one patient. Credit: ITV News/Caron Bell

The Great Western Air Ambulance is based at Filton, South Gloucestershire. It had already been called out once this morning to help a patient in Gloucestershire. Each call-out can cost approximately £2000.

The helicopter stopped most of the park's visitors in their tracks. Credit: ITV News/Caron Bell

Parents criticise hospital during inquest into son's death

The parents of a four-year-old boy who died at Bristol Children's Hospital have criticised the care he received.

Sean Turner died after suffering a brain haemorrhage in March 2012, six weeks after he had heart surgery.

Speaking at his inquest today, his parents claimed his ward was understaffed, and that doctors refused to move him to the Intensive Care Unit.

Steve and Yolande Turner also spoke to ITV News about their experience at the hospital.

Right-to-die Corrie storyline welcomed by widow

Tony Nicklinson's struggle with life made headlines worldwide. He battled for the right to have doctors help him die peacefully after being immobilised for years following a stroke.

The issue of assisted suicide has been taken up by Coronation Street. Tonight the character Hayley Cropper will take her own life in a storyline about the right to die.

The development has been welcomed by Tony's widow Jane Nicklinson. Our Wiltshire Correspondent Robert Murphy reports.


Wiltshire man in spotlight with Coronation Street storyline

Wiltshire man in spotlight with Coronation Street storyline Credit: Coronation Street

Tony Nicklinson from Melksham is back in the spotlight tonight with an assisted suicide storyline in Coronation Street.

Viewers will tonight see Hayley Cropper take her own life after battling pancreatic cancer. It's to raise awareness of people like Mr Nicklinson who was left paralysed and with had locked-in syndrome after a stroke and wanted doctors to lawfully end his life.

Researchers conduct trials for meningitis B jab

Doctors are trialling a new vaccine that could protect children against meningitis B. Until recently there has been no way of preventing this particular strain, which is highly aggressive and can be fatal.

Nearly 2,000 people contract the infection every year - many are babies and young children. The trials are currently taking place in four cities - including Bristol.

Watch Andrew Pate's report and an interview with Chris Head, the Chief Executive of the Thornbury-based Meningitis Research Foundation here:

Visiting restrictions at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Visiting restricitons in place to stop spread of virus Credit: ITV News West Country

As a precautionary measure, members of the public are being asked not to visit relatives and friends on wards 4A and 4B at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to assist in controlling the spread of a Diarrhoea & Vomiting illness.

However, Ward 3A is due to be reopened for evening visiting at 6pm and cardiology visitors are advised to call the ward prior to visiting.

A small number of wards at the hospital have been affected by the illness, of which there are a number of cases in the community at this time of year.

Visiting to maternity wards are not affected. Visiting to children’s wards is restricted to parents/ carers. Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds. These visitors are being asked to speak to a member of ward staff on entering the ward.

The D&V illness is usually over within 48 hrs, but is highly infectious, which is why the Trust needs to limit the number of people moving in and out of the affected ward.

The visiting restrictions will be reviewed every day and lifted as soon as possible.

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