Live updates

West hospitals declare 'black alert' status

Health and social care services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have reached the highest level of demand known as a ‘system wide black alert’.

Credit: Peter Byrne / PA

The Clinical Commissioning Group's of the three areas are asking members of the public to think first before calling a 999 ambulance and to attend hospital A&E with only minor ailments or illness.

The black escalation status on the local health system follows "high levels of attendances at local A&E departments over the weekend."

Members of the public with only minor ailments and illness can help themselves by the choosing:

  • SELF CARE AND PHARMACY - Treating themselves with over the counter remedies from their local pharmacist.
  • NHS 111 - Calls to the NHS 111 telephone helpline are free and the service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
  • MINOR INJURY UNITS - Minor injuries units are available in Bristol, Clevedon and Yate offering fast, local treatment of minor injuries such as strains, sprains and broken bones.

Advertisement

Doctors in Taunton form picket line

Junior doctors across the West have begun their first 48 hour strike.

The row is over new contracts and weekend pay. These are doctors on the picket line in Taunton, Somerset today.

A picket line in Taunton this morning. Credit: ITV West Country

NHS England says consultants and nurses will provide cover but some non-emergency treatments have been cancelled.

Credit: ITV West Country

West's junior doctors begin 48 hour strike

Credit: ITV West Country

Junior doctors across the South West will walk out on strike again this morning (9 March) from 8am.

It's the latest action in a row over new contracts. The BMA say their striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.

Picket line in Taunton from the second strike action taken in February. Credit: ITV West Country

This will be the first 48 hour strike, ending at 8am on Friday.

Hundreds of non-emergency operations and appointments have been cancelled, but emergency cover is still being provided.

Credit: ITV West Country

Meanwhile, all hospitals in Somerset remain on Black Alert - meaning they're all struggling to cope with unprecedented demand for services.

Patients have been urged to stay away from A & E unless it's a genuine emergency.

Somerset hospitals declare 'black alert' status

Health and social care services across Somerset have reached the highest level of demand known as a ‘system wide black alert’.

Credit: Chris Radburn / PA

The county's Clinical Commissioning Group are asking members of the public to think first before calling a 999 ambulance and to attend hospital A&E with only minor ailments or illness.

The appeal comes the day before before the next junior doctors strike scheduled for tomorrow (9 March).

Additional hospital beds have been opened in local community hospitals, like Bridgwater, to relieve today’s additional demand, much of which is arising from the high numbers of hospital admissions from the frail elderly.

Members of the public with only minor ailments and illness can help themselves by the choosing:

  • SELF CARE AND PHARMACY - Treating themselves with over the counter remedies from their local pharmacist.
  • NHS 111 - Calls to the NHS 111 telephone helpline are free and the service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
  • MINOR INJURY UNITS - Somerset has minor injury units at seven of the county community hospitals in Minehead, Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, West Mendip Hospital (near Glastonbury) Shepton Mallet, Frome, and Chard.

Advertisement

ASK ELLIE: Autism Update

Lin Harding got in touch with Ask Ellie Credit: ITV

Thank you Lyn Harding from the North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions for getting in touch with Ask Ellie.

She wanted me to let you know if you live in North Devon and are seeking advice,they may be able to help.

For more details about Autism and information from The National Autistic Society please see our article below.

Hope this helps

Ellie

Load more updates