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Bath's Royal United Hospital gets foundation status

The RUH has won Foundation Trust status Credit: ITV News

The Royal United Hospital in Bath has been granted Foundation Trust status.

It means the Trust will have greater financial freedom and can decide how to improve services away from government control. The move was put back a year in 2013 after a highly critical report on the hospital from the Care Quality Commission.

Foundation Trusts are still very much part of the NHS but they have more autonomy. What that means is, going forward, decisions about the future services the RUH provide will be made in the RUH.

It's much more about working with our patients and the wider community and getting them to help us shape our future going forward.

– James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospital

New Wiltshire Air Ambulance to begin in 2015

The new Wiltshire Air Ambulance is due to go into service in the New Year, heralding the end of a long association with the county's police force.

The two organisations have been sharing an emergency response helicopter since 1990. But new legislation means it now has to operate separately from the police. The new Bell 429 helicopter has rapid response capabilities and a top speed of 180 miles an hour.


Woman awarded £11,050 after womb & organs removed

A report by the NHS watchdog has revealed a woman who had an operation to remove an ovary was mistakenly given a hysterectomy by doctors at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. She also had her appendix removed.

Her wound reopened after surgery but it was not treated properly. She had to have another operation and take a long period of time off work to recover.

The case was investigated by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, who found that doctors failed to carry out adequate assessments and that the woman's post-operative care was below standard.

The Trust apologised, paid the patient £11,050 compensation and has taken steps to learn from the blunder.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Julie Mellor says investigations such as this highlight the devastating impact failures in public services can have on the lives of people and their families.

Professor says clocks change not good for health

Did you remember to put your clocks back yesterday? Credit: PA

The clocks may have gone back yesterday but a researcher from Bristol University says it would be better for children's health if they didn't change.

Professor Ashley Cooper compared activity levels in nine countries. He found youngsters would get an average of two minutes more exercise every day if England followed European time.

He says the figure is significant when compared with overall activity levels.

Car parking problems for hospital's neighbours

Alternative parking for Southmead Hospital at BAWA Club Credit: ITV News West Country

Residents in streets near the new Southmead Hospital are complaining that staff and visitors are cramming their cars into nearby streets. North Bristol NHS Trust says that a new multi-storey car park creating 2,700 spaces won't be built until Autumn 2015. In the meantime it is providing a number of spaces at the nearby BAWA club, but it appears these aren't being used.

Parking spaces at BAWA are not being used Credit: ITV News West Country


Inquest into death of 12-day-old baby Harley

Harley Pascoe was born with half a heart Credit: Family

An inquest will begin today into the death of a 12 day old baby at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Harley Pascoe was born with half a heart. His operation was cancelled five times because - his parents were told - he wasn't ill enough to need it urgently.

Harley is among 32 babies and children who have died on Ward 32 - Bristol Children's Hospital's cardiac unit

Sickness bug closes South Gloucestershire school

Two Mile Hill Primary School is due to re-open on Monday after a deep clean Credit: ITV News

A South Gloucestershire primary school's been forced to closed after dozens of children and teachers came down with norovirus.

Two Mile Hill School in Kingswood will be closed until Monday to allow for deep cleaning.

Two Mile Hill Primary School in Kingswood Credit: ITV News

Calls for an investigation into botched eye operations

There's been a call for the Health Secretary to investigate claims about botched eye operations at a hospital in Somerset.

Lawyers acting for patients who were treated for cataracts at a mobile clinic in the grounds of Musgrove Park hospital say more than 30 people suffered complications. The operations were carried out by a private firm contracted by the NHS.

Labour say the government needs to investigate why the operations weren't stopped as soon as concerns were raised.

Here's the Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne

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