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Southmead A&E rated inadequate for second time

A new £430 million hospital, supposed to be one of the answers to dealing with health issues in Bristol, has had its Accident and Emergency department rated inadequate for a second time.

The Care Quality Commission published its initial concerns back in December and despite some improvement, when the team returned in May it gave the service the same rating.

Inspectors from the health watchdog found overcrowding, insufficient staffing and patients waiting too long for pain relief.

'Alarming lack of progress' following Winterbourne View scandal

Six workers were jailed for abusing residents at the South Gloucestershire care home Credit: PA

The author of a report on the care of people with learning disabilities has reported an "alarming absence of any tangible progress" since it was published six months ago.

Sir Stephen Bubb was asked to lead a review following the scandal at Winterbourne View in South Gloucestershire. That saw six workers jailed for ill-treatment and neglect after undercover filming showed them subjecting patients to serious abuse at the private hospital near Bristol.

It led to the government pledging to move patients with learning difficulties into community care by June last year, but the deadline was missed.

Sir Stephen's report last November called for such institutions to be closed as quickly as possible, but he said today that his review of progress so far found there were still not sufficient facilities for them to go to.

"The core recommendation of my report was the need to close these institutions as quickly as possible and you can't close them until there is good strong community provision - people with learning disabilities and their families deserve action now.

"There's huge scepticism that anything will happen. NHS England needs to prove them wrong."

– Sir Stephen Bubb


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Campaign to alert older women to dangers of breast cancer

Low awareness of breast cancer is killing older women Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A new campaign is underway to make older women more aware of the dangers of breast cancer. In the South West the disease kills around 680 women aged over 70 each year.

Public Health England says low awareness of non-lump breast cancer symptoms is putting people at risk. It says more than half of women aged 70 and over are unable to name any other symptoms apart from a lump.

The Be Clear on Cancer in South West campaign is reinforcing the message 'don't assume you're past it', urging older women to visit their doctor straight away if they notice any unusual or persistent changes to their breasts such as a lump or a change to a nipple or to the skin or the shape of a breast.

Charity takes steps to stop supporters being pestered

Olive Cooke received hundreds of letters from charities a month. Credit: SWNS

Children's charity Save The Children has unveiled new safeguards to ensure its supporters aren't aggressively targeted.

It comes in the wake of poppy seller Olive Cooke's death. As a regular donator, the pensioner from Bristol had previously complained of being pestered by letters and calls from charities, though her family have insisted the charities were not blame for her death.

There have been recent calls for 'Olive's Law', to protect the most vulnerable from receiving cold calls.

The body that regulates charity fundraising has begun an inquiry after claims that elderly and vulnerable people were being aggressively targeted for money.

Swindon man denies killing parents eight years ago

50-year-old Timothy Crook denies murder. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man from Swindon charged with the murder of his elderly parents in 2007 denies killing them.

The bodies of Bob and Elsie Crook were found under wheelie bins at a house owned by their son Timothy in Lincoln, Bristol Crown Court has heard. The court heard they had been first killed at their home in Swindon.

50-year-old Timothy Crook has told the court that he drove his parents to Lincoln while they were alive, and that they were killed by someone else afterwards.

The trial continues.

Investigation into charity cold calling

92 year old Olive Cooke received 200 begging letters a month Credit: SWNS

UK charities could be breaking the law by calling the vulnerable and asking for money.

There are calls for 'Olive's Law' - to protect the most vulnerable from receiving cold calls. An undercover investigation carried out by a national newspaper claims the NSPCC, British Red Cross and Oxfam are all breaking the law by calling people on the Government's no-call register to ask for charitable donations. The charities will be investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office.

Olive Cooke, Britain's longest-serving poppy seller, fell to her death at Avon Gorge in Bristol two months ago, aged 92. She was found to have had direct debits to 27 charities and had told friends that she was receiving up to 200 begging letters a month.

Save the Children are expected o become the first charity to ban cold calling.


Bristol burns research boost

Nurses at the Children's Hospital in Bristol have received funding to reseach the emotional effects of burns injuries. The team have been given £14,647 from Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

They will use the money to fund a study of patients experiences of burns care and their psychological needs after treatment. They will also investigate the impact on their families.

Karen Coy, senior research nurse at the Healing Foundation Children's Burns Research Centre at BRHC, said:

“This is a great opportunity, provided by the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity, to allow nurses to lead their own research projects and focus on an area of children’s healthcare that is less understood and researched, to implement changes which go on to improve care for this group of children.”

– Karen Coy

Hospital attack victim was 'wonderful father and grandfather'

Kenneth Tyrer flew fighter jets in World War Two Credit: Family photo

The family of a war veteran who died after being attacked at a Somerset hospital have paid an emotional tribute to him.

90-year-old Kenneth Tyrer suffered from dementia, and was allegedly pushed to the ground by a fellow patient at Yeovil District Hospital. He died two days later.

"He was a wonderful father and grandfather and he will be missed dearly. We now wait for the results of the investigation."

– Kenneth Tyrer's family
Kenneth Tyrer in his younger days Credit: Family photo

Police are investigating, and the hospital is also carrying out an internal investigation.

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