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Missing man 'needs urgent medical attention'

Police are asking for help to find a man who has gone missing from Swindon.

Mark McCarron, 45, was last seen at Great Western Hospital just after 6 o'clock this morning (Sunday 17 July)

Police say he needs urgent medical attention and are asking anyone who sees him to call 999.

Mr McCarron was admitted to the hospital last night but left without being treated.

He was wearing a pea-green t-shirt, black shorts with white stripes on and trainers. He is described as a large build with blond hair and blue eyes.

Volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR), are helping police to search the local area.

We would ask anyone who sees Mark to contact us via 999. His family and friends are very worried about him and I would urge him to get in touch immediately. We don't believe that Mark has his mobile phone with him so may not be able to phone for help.

– Inspector Mark Thompson, Wiltshire Police


Swindon crop circle has raised more than £5,000

It has been likened to the Egyptian Sun God Horus on social media.

A bird-like crop circle which appeared in a wheat field near Swindon, has helped to raise more than £5,000 so far for the Great Western Hospital.

Walkers are being asked to donate £3 to see it with the money hoping to fund a new radiotherapy unit at the hospital.

The unexplained formation appeared at Weir Farm, which is owned by farmer James Hussey, who lost his wife Gill to cancer last year.

Mr Hussey has teamed up with crop circle researcher Paul Jacobs to offer passers-by the chance to learn more about it.

It's absolutely fantastic what James and Paul are doing for our Radiotherapy Appeal – I have been up to see the crop circle and it really is very impressive.

This is another brilliant example of an innovative way to raise money being used to help bring life-saving treatment to Swindon.

– Jennifer Green, Brighter Futures

Bird-like crop circle appears in Swindon

Bird-like crop circle has appeared in a field in Swindon.

A bird-like crop circle has appeared in a wheat field near Swindon.

But this is not your usual crop circle, it's being used to raise money for the towns Great Western Hospital.

People are being asked to donate £3 to see it with the money hoping to fund a new radiotherapy unit at the hospital.

New leg ulcer treatment is changing lives in Wiltshire

Patients in Wiltshire are the first in our region to benefit from an innovative new treatment. Credit: ITV News

Patients across Wiltshire are the first in the South West to benefit from a innovative new treatment for leg ulcers.

Community nursing teams from Great Western Hospitals Trust are now using sleek compression treatment, rather than layered bandages. This means patients with venous leg ulcers can now fit trousers over the top of the treatment and wear shoes - changing the lives of dozens of people.


Charity appeal to bring vital cancer treatment to Wiltshire

284 balloons were released - the number of patients diagnosed with cancer at the hospital each month. Credit: ITV News

Cancer patients forced to make a 70-mile round trip for radiotherapy treatment have welcomed a campaign to build a facility closer to home.

Great Western Hospital in Swindon has launched an appeal to raise £2.9 million for a radiotherapy centre, so that thousands of patients no longer have to make the long trek to Oxford for up to seven weeks of treatment.

With support from the public and final approval, it is hoped that the centre will be open by the end of 2017.

The appeal was launched at Great Western Hospital today, with 284 balloons released to mark the number of patients diagnosed with cancer there each month.

Brighter Futures, the Great Western Hospitals Trust charity organising the appeal, hope to inspire local people to get involved in fundraising events.

Artist's impression of what the radiotherapy centre would look like. Credit: Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bringing radiotherapy treatment to Swindon will make such a difference to local patients and their families, friends and carers and will be an excellent addition to the facilities already available at GWH.

We are working closely with our colleagues at Oxford to make this vision a reality and I am sure that local people will get behind the fundraising appeal.

– Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital ordered to clean up

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon has been told it must improve staffing levels. It has also been ordered to improve cleanliness and infection control, and how it monitors the quality of its service.

It follows an inspection by the Care Quality Commission which found that some wards caring for frail, older people and the Day Surgery Unit did not always have enough experienced and skilled nursing staff on duty.

An inspection by the CQC found wards did not always have enough skilled nurses Credit: ITV News West Country