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Bath's Royal United Hospital gets foundation status

The RUH has won Foundation Trust status Credit: ITV News

The Royal United Hospital in Bath has been granted Foundation Trust status.

It means the Trust will have greater financial freedom and can decide how to improve services away from government control. The move was put back a year in 2013 after a highly critical report on the hospital from the Care Quality Commission.

Foundation Trusts are still very much part of the NHS but they have more autonomy. What that means is, going forward, decisions about the future services the RUH provide will be made in the RUH.

It's much more about working with our patients and the wider community and getting them to help us shape our future going forward.

– James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospital

Burgess says Bath will be a "cracking experience"

Former Rugby League star Sam Burgess has signed a three-year-contract with Bath. He says it's going to be an "exciting couple of years" and his first impressions of the city are good.

I had a little walk around the city this morning - it's a beautiful place, it's absolutely stunning. I've not spent a lot of time down here in the south (of England) but for now... what I've seen of it and the people I've met, it's been fantastic. It's going to be a cracking experience I can tell.

– Sam Burgess

You can see Matthias Kurth's full interview with "Slammin' Sam" here:

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Sam Burgess pulls on a Bath shirt for the first time

Sam Burgess appears at the Rec for the first time Credit: ITV News

Rugby League star Sam Burgess has made the switch to Rugby Union. He signed a three year contract with Bath but his start was delayed while he recovered after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

Burgess, who's 25, was hurt six seconds into the match, his last league game before switching from League to Union, but played on to help South Sydney Rabbitohs win the title.

He was at the Rec this morning, wearing a Bath shirt and meeting the media for the first time.

Here's a brief clip of the moment Slammin' Sam posed for the cameras.

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Bath lose opening European Champions' Cup fixture

Jonathan Joseph scored Bath's only try in the 13th minute. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Bath have lost their opening match of the new European Champions' Cup, going down 37-10 at Glasgow.

Both sides came into the game in decent domestic form, with Bath having won four of their opening six Aviva Premiership matches and Glasgow unbeaten in the Guinness PRO12 until last weekend.

Mark Bennett opened and closed the try-scoring for the Warriors, who twice fought back from behind to open up with a win.

Jonathan Joseph scored Bath's only try in the 13th minute.

Bath wins gold at Britain in Bloom

Bath is famous for its floral designs in the Parade Gardens - there was quite a buzz about this year's Credit: Bath in Bloom

Bath has won Gold in the Small City category of the 50th Britain in Bloom awards, which took place in Bristol last night.

The competition is run by the Royal Horticultural Society and recognises gardening efforts in the community.

The city was a winner in the very first Britain in Bloom 50 years ago and many times since so is particularly pleased to have done so well this anniversary year.

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