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Bristol's Southmead Hospital "requires improvement"

The Care Quality Commission report is out this week

Bristol's new Southmead Hospital has been criticised in a report for having inadequate A&E services.

The Care Quality Commission said overall the multi-million pound hospital required improvement.

However, inspectors also found that the care was good.

People are getting great outcomes from the care they're receiving but it's a very busy hospital, too many operations are being cancelled, people are waiting too long and so there are some fundamentals that need improving.

– MARY CRIDGE, Care Quality Commission

New report expected to criticise Southmead Hospital

Bristol's state-of-the-art new hospital expected to come under fire in report. Credit: North Bristol NHS Trust

A new £430 million hospital is expected to come in for heavy criticism in a report being published later this week. The results of a major inspection at Bristol's new Southmead Hospital are expected to be highly critical in some areas.

The health watchdog Care Quality Commission (CQC) went into the Brunel building just before Christmas to carry out the review. It is believed the inspectors will highlight a number of teething problems the hospital has faced following its opening in May last year.

ITV News West Country has reported a number of issues at the hospital since the opening, including claims that poor care hastened the death of an elderly woman and a patient who complained of being left hungry.


People urged to consider alternatives to A&E

People are being asked to ensure they really need to be in A&E, and to consider alternatives such as urgent care centres.

Over the winter many emergency departments have struggled with to cope with the sheer volume of patients.

One centre in Bristol says coming to them can be the best option if you're injured or ill but it's not an emergency.

New intensive care unit opens at the BRI today

A state-of-the-art intensive care unit opens at the Bristol Royal Infirmary today. The new unit will be used to care for critically ill patients and has been equipped with the latest technology. Patient care will be completely electronic, removing the need for paper records. It is part of a £143 million redevelopment program.

Campaigners label Bristol's smoke free zones as 'creeping prohibition'

Campaigners from smokers' group Forest have criticised the ban as an example of "creeping prohibition".

Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places. Now campaigners want to ban it outside. This is creeping prohibition. Extending public smoking bans to outdoor areas is illiberal and unwarranted. Smoking in the open air harms no-one apart, perhaps, from the consumer - and that's their choice.

– Simon Clark, Director of Forest
Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones Credit: ITV News

Cities including New York, Toronto and Hong Kong have already banned smoking in key outdoor locations but Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones.

Millennium and Anchor Squares are home to the At-Bristol science museum, shops and restaurants, and are well-used play spaces for children.

Parts of Bristol become smoke-free today

A voluntary smoking ban starts in Millennium Square today Credit: ITV News

Two squares in Bristol will become the first major public outdoor spaces in UK to go smoke-free.

From today a voluntary smoking ban will be in place in Millennium Square and Anchor Square. The area is home to the At-Bristol science museum and often hosts festivals and other family friendly events.

The project is part of the Smokefree South West campaign.


School children swim for Harmonie-Rose

Donations for a baby who lost all her limbs to meningitis have continued to pour in. Money raised for 14 month old Harmonie-Rose has now reached £150,000. The family say they're overwhelmed by people's kindness and genoristy - which shows no signs of stopping.

A group of school children from Bath are preparing to swim 1,344 lengths of their school swimming pool tomorrow - the equivalent length of the English Channel. The Monkton Combe Prep School students say they were inspired to help Harmonie-Rose after hearing about her in a school assembly.

Historic Bath hospital saved by larger NHS Trust

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases was originally founded in 1738 Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath will be saved by a larger NHS trust after running into financial difficulty.

The specialist hospital provides leading rehabilitation and rheumatology care, including chronic pain and fatigue.

The hospital has suffered serious financial problems for some time due to its small size, housing only 25 beds.

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