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Hospitals still failing to meet A&E waiting targets

Most hospitals in the region are failing to meet A&E targets Credit: ITV News

Hospitals in the West are continuing to fall short of Government targets for dealing with emergency patients within four hours. The latest figures - for the week ending 15 February show only Yeovil District Hospital meeting the 95% target.

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust (Glos Royal & Chelt Gen) - 73.9%
  • North Bristol Trust (Southmead Hosp) - 77.1%
  • Weston Area Health Trust (Weston General) - 81.6%
  • Royal United Hospitals Trust - 82.6%
  • Great Western Hospitals Trust - 88.0%
  • University Hospitals Bristol Trust (BRI) - 88.6%
  • Taunton & Somerset Trust (Musgrove Park) - 94.8%
  • Yeovil District Hospital Trust - 95.1%

Major incident in Gloucestershire hospitals

A major incident has been declared in two hospitals in Gloucestershire due to high demand over the weekend.

Emergency departments at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General said they were unable to cope with the high number of patients this weekend.

People have also been asked to stay away from A&E departments at Southmead Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General unless absolutely necessary.

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Government plans for hospital food "won't make a difference"

A campaigner from Bath says government plans to improve food in hospitals don't go far enough.

Mark Sparrow spent 10 weeks in hospital documenting his experience and ever since has campaigned to change things. Now new rules are being brought in and hospitals that don't meet the standards could be fined and publically named and shamed.

New food standards for the region's hospitals

Hospital food is set to improve

Hospitals across the West will be expected to comply with new food standards, the government has announced.

A report by the Hospital Food Standards Panel, led by Dianne Jeffrey, Chairman of Age UK, is recommending five legally-binding food standards for the NHS, which has worked with royal colleges and nutritional experts to come up with the new rules. It comes after recent criticism of food standards at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Musgrove Park Hospital CQC Report

A report into the quality of care at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital has found some areas needed improvement but that the hospital is providing safe and effective care.

The areas highlighted for improvement included maintenance of theatre and wards in the older part of hospital.

It found that at busy times, patients had to wait longer for specialist treatment and older people may not receive the care and emotional support they need.

Dr Chris Gordon is chair of the CQC Inspection Panel.

Hospital is providing 'safe and effective care'

The health watchdog says Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton is providing patients with 'safe and effective care'.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission spent two days at the hospital in September, and made three unannounced visits.

They found some areas needed improvement but these were being addressed by the hospital's Trust.

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first to be inspected under radical changes introduced by the CQC.

Musgrove Park Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

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Hospitals in Bristol score well

Hospitals in Bristol have scored above the national average in new patent-led assessments which look at things like food, privacy, and cleanliness.

Thousands of members of the public joined with NHS staff to carry out the assessments. They were introduced earlier this year to give a snapshot of how hospitals are performing in a range of non-clinical areas.

Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country