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Wards reopen after Norovirus outbreak

Two wards at Weston General Hospital have reopened after a Norovirus outbreak.

Uphill and Berrow will now admit new patients. Ashcombe maternity unit is also now fully operational with all 12 beds available for expectant mothers.

Kewstoke remains closed due to Norovirus with restrictions in place.

The hospital says it continues to experience a high level of demand, and asks people to only go to the Emergency Department if it is absolutely necessary and a medical emergency.

Others should seek help from their local pharmacy, GP surgery, a local minor injuries unit or by calling 111.

"Significant pressure" remains at Gloucestershire Hospitals

Health chiefs say that Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital remain under 'significant pressure' despite the lifting of emergency measures today.

Since the 4th January the hospitals have been operating under 'major incident' status which led to postponed routine operations, beause A&E units could not cope with the New Year surge in the number of patients.

A Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said that hospitals remain very busy and patients are advised to go to A&E only in a real emergency.

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Gloucester MP calls for more nurses to be trained locally

Richard Graham is asking the Health Executive to approve local training

A Gloucester MP has called for more local people to be allowed to train as nurses in the city - rather than having to travel to Bristol.

Richard Graham is asking the Health Executive to approve training at Gloucestershire University and the Royal Hospital. He says it will help boost recruits and ease problems in the area, such the current pressure on A&E.

I think if the Health Executive were to see that we need 350-400 nurses in Gloucestershie alone, then that's a good starting point for enabling the university to do pre-registration training so we've got lots more local nurses. That I think would be really important.

– Richard Graham MP

Somerset residents asked to participate in national study on flooding and health

Householders across Somerset will be asked to take part in the survey Credit: ITV

Householders in Somerset are being asked to take part in a study into how flooding impacts health and wellbeing.

Public Health England (PHE) will conduct the national survey, the first of its kind, contacting flood affected residents across the country.

A sample of Somerset householders affected by last winter’s floods are being asked to complete a health questionnaire.

PHE wants to hear from people directly affected by flooding. Surveys will also be delivered to those in the same area who were unaffected, so PHE will be able to compare the results.

It is excellent that the experience from Somerset will inform this very important national study.

There is currently very little research into the profound impacts of flooding on health and wellbeing and the results from this study will help us to respond more effectively at national and local level to protect health and limit the damaging effect on people’s wellbeing from the devastating impacts of flooding.

– Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health, Somerset County Council

This is the first ever long term study into the impact of flooding on health and wellbeing. We are writing to households across the country and we very much hope that people will return our questionnaire and join this important study.

So, if you receive a letter from Public Health England inviting you to take part, please help us to build a picture of how the floods affected people’s lives by completing it and returning it to us.

– Dr Isabel Oliver, Public Health England

Major incident status continues in Gloucestershire hospitals

Hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham are continuing to operate under major critical incident status today.

It's now more than a week since the major incident was first declared.

At 9am this morning, patients at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Emergency Department were facing a waiting time of over five hours.

People have been urged to consider alternative options before attending either of the A&E departments. Waiting times at minor injuries units are currently between 7 and 45 minutes.

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Bristol 'drunk tank' saved 100 A&E hours over Christmas

The mobile Alcohol Recovery Centre is a first for the UK. Credit: ITV News

Bristol's new 'drunk tank' treated 36 patients during four of the busiest nights of the festive period.

Only one of them needed to go to hospital for further medical treatment. The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) say this released about 100 hours of hospital emergency beds, which would otherwise have been filled up.

With ongoing concerns about pressure on the UK's A&E departments, SWASFT are keen to show this as a better way.

The Centre's four medical staff cared for up to eight people at a time. It had toilets and showers, and space to sleep off the alcohol, drink water and warm up, before sobering up or being picked up by friends or family.

This freed up police and ambulance crews to deal with more urgent 999 calls.

Current demand for ambulance services and the NHS as a whole means we must manage patients in the right way. Every one of our patients deserves the very best care and that does not always mean a trip to a hospital emergency department.

– Ken Wenman, SWASFT Chief Executive

Stolen defibrillator to be replaced after donations

Eight defibrillators have been taken from Bristol and South Gloucestershire in recent weeks. Credit: ITV News West Country

Life saving equipment stolen from Frenchay village hall near Bristol is to be replaced, after two donors came forward.

The defibrillator was one of eight taken from the area in recent weeks. The thefts caused outrage in the community because they help people suffering cardiac arrests. But now £2000 has been given for a new one.

Inquest hears mother's emotional account of baby's death at Bristol Children's Hospital

Lacey-Marie Poton died at Bristol Children's Hospital when she was four months old Credit: ITV News

An inquest has heard an emotional account from the mother of a four-month-old baby who lost her life at Bristol Children's hospital.

Lacey-Marie Poton was born with a complex heart condition and had 3 operations at Bristol. Her mother Emma Norley, who's from Fishponds, told the inquest this morning she felt her baby was too sick to be sent home.

Life saving defibrillators stolen from Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Thieves have been accused of putting lives at risk after 8 defibrillators were stolen from Bristol and South Gloucestershire

The life saving devices are installed in public places to provide immediate first aid to someone who's heart has stopped beating.

They cost up to £2000 each and are often funded through charity donations.

Victoria Davies reports:

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