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UWE study aims to support children born with cleft palate

A new study into the school experiences of young people who were born with a cleft lip and palate has just begun at the University of the West of England in Bristol, aimed at improving the support available to them. Ryan Trower doesn't really remember the operations he had to correct his cleft palate. But what has stayed with the16 year old is his school experience. He was bullied for five years because of the condition.

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Royal College of Nursing targets agency spending

The RCN says the rise in agency staff in the South West is compromising quality Credit: PA

The Royal College of Nursing is calling on NHS employers to value its nurses as the amount of money spent on agency staff soars.

Spent on agency NHS staff in 2015 so far
Spent on agency NHS staff in the whole of 2014

The RCN says relying on agency staff to plug the gap is unsustainable.

NHS trusts are trying to plug the vacancy gap, to ensure that patients get the care they need, by relying on agencies to supply temporary staff but this is not a sustainable approach.

Any organisation relying so heavily on temporary staff is risking compromising quality and in the NHS that means risking patient safety.

– Jeannett Martin, regional director for the South West region, the Royal College of Nursing


Family hold fundraiser for little boy with rare cancer

Kaylum Ryan has a rare form of cancer but it is hoped treatment in America will help Credit: Kisses for Kaylum

The family of a little boy with a rare form of cancer are trying to raise half a million pounds for treatment in the United States.

Kaylum Ryan from Bristol was only three when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013. He was treated and given the all clear but this summer, the family were told the cancer had come back.

It is hoped a new procedure will help but it is not on the NHS and Kaylum will have to travel to New York.

A special "Kisses for Kaylum" charity evening is being held on 10 October to raise some of those much needed funds. You can find out more here.

Max can walk thanks to air ambulance crew

Max Chant was saved by paramedics from Wiltshire Air Ambulance Credit: Family

A boy who nearly lost the use of his legs in a car crash has visited the air ambulance team that saved his life.

Max Chant, who is now 12, was involved in a crash near his home in Chippenham last year. He suffered spinal injuries.

Max presented the charity with a cheque for £12,000 as a thank you Credit: ITV News

He gave paramedics at Wiltshire Air Ambulance a cheque for £12,000 after completing a 25 mile walk in aid of the charity.

Max says he still remembers the crash.

I remember being brought out the car and laid onto the grass next to the car and then the ambulances arriving and the air ambulance took me up to children's hospital.

– Max Chant


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Man loses leg after hospital failings

A Bristol man has been compensated after a routine operation led to him having his left leg amputated.

Michael Stephenson, from Whitchurch, caught an infection following hip surgery in 2009.

The North Bristol NHS Trust has admitted negligence and compensated the 53 year-old, but he says surgeons need to be held accountable.

Man has leg amputated after hospital failings

Man has leg amputated after hospital failings Credit: ITV News

Failures at a Bristol hospital led to a man having to have his entire leg amputated after an infection following routine surgery.

Michael Stephenson, who's from Whitchurch, used to be an active man who's life was on the rugby pitch but six years ago a complication after a straight forward procedure on his hip meant his leg had to be amputated.

On the 20th July 2009 that Michael went into Southmead Hospital to have the routine procedure.

Five days later, the 53 year old should had been discharged but says the wound hadn't healed and there were signs of infection. It took more than a week for doctors to spot it, but it was then too late.

Over four years Michael had countless operations spending a total of two years in hospital. Until doctors finally decided to amputate his entire leg on 24th July 2013

The hospital apologised for the incident and admitted liability.

The Trust is pleased that agreement has now been reached and settlement achieved in relation to the injuries Mr Stephenson suffered.

Since liability was admitted in 2012, we have been working with Mr Stephenson’s legal team to establish his needs.

We hope that the compensation received will assist with Mr Stephenson's care and improve his quality of life.

We would like to re-iterate the apologies made in 2012 and offer Mr Stephenson and his family our best wishes for the future.

– North Bristol NHS Trust

Complaints against hospitals are increasing

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has found that complaints against hospitals are on the rise Credit: PA

A new report has revealed that 91 complaints were made against hospitals in Gloucestershire in the past year.

Nationally, the number of complaints made to the health ombudsman has increased by almost 12%. The three main reasons for complaints were poor communication, errors in diagnosis and poor treatment.

Carol Vorderman falls off treadmill... naked

Carol Vorderman Credit: PA

Our best wishes go to Bristol's Carol Vorderman who has injured herself after falling off her treadmill.

As you will see from her tweets, the former Countdown star was naked at the time.

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