Live updates

Calls for people to take up regular exercise

There were warnings today that more needs to be done to encourage people to take part in regular exercise.

Organisers at a running event in the Chew Valley near Bristol say around a third of the population only completes 30 minutes exercise a week - well below the Government's recommendation.

So today they were promoting healthy living for all ages. Kevin Langdon reports:

Crowds turn out for 'Big Bike Ride'

Warm weather made for a good turn out for the BIg Bike Ride Credit: ITV News West Country

Large crowds made the most of the sunshine in bristol to head to College Green for the City's BIg BIke Ride.

There were plenty of activities on offer on College Green Credit: ITV News West Country

The event coincided with the end of Bristol's Big Green Week, an event celebrating Bristol's achievement as Green Capital 2015.

Crowds made the most of the weather to head to the city centre Credit: ITV News West Country


Child heart patients given exercise prescriptions

Children with heart problems have often been given conflicting advice about whether they can exercise, and what type of activity is safe. But that's now changed.

The charity Heart Research UK has launched an exercise toolkit in Bristol, meaning young cardiac patients across the country can be given a prescription for the kind of physical activity that will suit them best. Ken Goodwin reports.

Duchess of York opens cancer unit for teenagers in Bristol

The Duchess of York today opened the South West's first specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Duchess of York has officially opened the first specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the South West for local young people with cancer in Bristol.

She was joined by world snooker players Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski for the ceremony at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.

Each year, over 200 young people from Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall, are diagnosed with cancer.

The Teenage Cancer Trust says young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age, by experts in teenage and young adult cancer care, can make a huge difference to their experience.

NHS criticised for spending quarter of a million on clock

NHS managers have been criticised for spending a quarter of a million pounds on a clock at a hospital in Bristol. It doubles as an art installation - and hangs inside the new multi-million pound building at Southmead.

It shows the time by illuminating a series of rings and bars, but many people have told us it's too complicated to read. The NHS Trust says art can help with patients recovery, but the local MP has today said it's a waste of money. Our Health Correspondant Katie Rowlett reports.

North Bristol NHS Trust says it has now responded to Charlotte Leslie's concerns.


4-year-old boy has 'hundreds of seizures a day'

A father from Dorset has to keep a constant watch on his child because his disability means he could die at any second. Alexander Woodward's son has epilepsy, which is so severe that seizures can happen hundreds of times a day.

His four year old son Charlie has Otahara Syndrome, which claimed the life of the Prime Minister's son Ivan five years ago. Duncan Sleightholme has this exclusive report.

Southmead hospital criticised for expensive clock

NHS managers have been criticised for spending £250,000 on an art installation that doubles up as a clock at a Bristol Hospital.

The complicated light sculpture hangs inside the new multi million pound building at Southmead, which opened last week. The binary clock shows the time through an unusual display of illuminated rings and bars, which represent specific hours and minutes. But there is no explanation of how to read it.

Bristol hospital criticised for PR costs

The Trust that looks after Bristol Children's Hospital is paying a private Public Relations company more than 10,000 pounds a month. Its using the firm to handle media enquiries relating to its children's heart unit.

The hospital has come under increased scrutiny since a review began into their paediatric cardiac services.

More than 10 families whose children were treated there, have accused the hospital of neglect and mistreatment. This exclusive report from our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett.

Load more updates