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Ambulance car driver suspended after crash

A fast response ambulance car driver has been suspended after hitting two pedestrians while on the way to an emergency call near the GCHQ spybase in Cheltenham.

The two casualties, both men, have been detained in hospital with serious injuries after being treated on the spot by the ambulance car driver.

The crash happened on the A40, just outside GCHQ.

The rapid response ambulance vehicle from South Western Ambulance Service was responding to an emergency call just after midnight when the collision happened.

Both pedestrians, a 30-year-old man from Cricklade, Wiltshire and a 32-year-old man from Bristol, were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by another two ambulances.

The Wiltshire resident is still in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with serious leg injuries.

The 32-year-old pedestrian was transferred to Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, where he received treatment for serious head injuries.

The male driver of the ambulance car was shaken but otherwise unhurt.

GCHQ Credit: Press Association

A spokesman for the ambulance service confirmed he has since been suspended while investigations are ongoing, and will have to undergo a driving assessment with a driving instructor before being allowed back on the roads again.

She added it was "standard practice" and a "thorough investigation" was already under way.

It is a process that is standard practice when something like this happens. He started treating both the men after the incident and called in for back up.

– South Western Ambulance Service

The road at the scene remained closed for five hours to allow officers from the Tri Force Specialist Operations Collaboration to conduct a detailed investigation of the incident.

"The investigation team is requesting that any witnesses who have not yet come forward and provided their details, please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting incident number eight of 17/08/2014.

– Gloucestershire Police


Swindon hospital given poor rating for food hygiene

Great Western Hospital given poor rating for food hygiene Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The company that provides food at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon has been given just 1 star out of 5 for it's food hygiene. The Food Standards Agency gave the contractor Carillion the poor rating for how it stored food and recorded temperatures. The Department of Health said "urgent action" is needed. In response Carillion say they are already making changes including retraining staff.

Somerset Hospital 'very cautious' of Ebola symptoms

A spokesperson from Weston General Hospital says nurses followed the correct procedure when dealing with the possibility of a case of Ebola.

A man was kept in isolation after returning from Lebanon exhibiting symptoms that could be associated with the disease.

There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for the disease, which has killed at least half of its victims this year. As a result isolating patients is critical to slowing the spread of the disease, as sick people can transmit it through their bodily fluids such as blood, sweat or urine.

A patient came in from abroad and because of some of the symptoms they were displaying, the accident and emergency department were naturally very cautious. They followed all the correct procedures and the proper triaging. The patient was found not to have Ebola.

– Weston General Hospital

Man quarantined at Weston General in Ebola scare

A man was put into quarantine at a hospital in Somerset after concerns he was showing symptoms of Ebola.

The man, who had travelled from Lebanon, walked into the Accident and Emergency department at Weston General Hospital at the weekend.

Patients were kept waiting for assessments at the hospital in Weston-super-Mare, while the hour-long incident was resolved.

Tests carried out later confirmed he was not infected with Ebola.


Man charged with attack on prisoner

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of an inmate at Bristol Prison.

On June 26 a 37-year-old man was assaulted and left with life-threatening injuries at the jail in Horfield and he remains in hospital.

Bristol Prison Credit: Press Assocation

An investigation began immediately and a man was arrested and released on bail while we continued our enquiries. We’re treating this incident as a hate crime.

Today Ryan Guest, 34, has been charged with attempted murder and will be appearing at Bristol Magistrates Court at a later date.

– Avon & Somerset Police

Mystery woman identified

Police have thanked the public for helping to identify a mystery woman

Police have thanked the public for helping to identify a mystery woman who walked into a hospital in the early hours of the morning.

The vulnerable woman, who is aged between 60 and 70, attended the A&E department of the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales - but was unable to tell doctors who she was or how she had got there.

10-year-old boy falls at Cheddar Gorge

A boy had to be rescued after falling down steps at Cheddar Gorge Credit: PA

A 10 year old boy has been taken to hospital after a fall at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

Emergency crews were called out at 5 o'clock yesterday after the boy fell ten feet down steps. Ropes and a stretcher were used to rescue him and he was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital with a suspected head injury and a broken leg.

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