The severe pressure on emergency services at Yeovil District Hospital has eased slightly, with the hospital no longer at "black alert".
The alert status has now been downgraded to "red alert", the second highest possible level of severity. The hospital is still very busy and says it is facing significant operational challenges.
Black alert occurs when the hospital can no longer deal with the number of patients coming into A&E because too few are being discharged.
HOSPITALS STILL ON BLACK ALERT
- Southmead Hospital
- the BRI
- Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
- Weston General Hospital
WHAT DOES RED ALERT MEAN?
A hospital on red alert means that wards are still very busy with limited bed space. All non-urgent work and clinics are usually cancelled so that resourced can be concentrated on the emergency services.
It also means urgent actions are required across the local health system by all partners to prevent the hospital going into black alert.
NHS Blood and Transplant says the number of donations drops over the festive period as more appointments are missed.Read the full story ›
As the winter nights draw in and more of us become susceptible to colds, flu and sickness, who should we turn to when get ill?Read the full story ›
Our regions GPs are gearing up for their busiest winter on record as NHS England South West focusses on people unnecessarily going to A&E.Read the full story ›
There are around 40,000 deaths every year because of the cold, mainly in elderly.
It's down to simple things like people not heating their homes to at least 18°C. Just by doing this you can prevent respiratory illnesses but also colds and flu.
But also when we get a cold snap there is an Increase in fractures due to snow and ice, which also puts pressure on our A and E departments and hospital beds.
Normally NHS England South West is given its winter money now, but this year it was provided by the Government in April so health managers have been able to plan earlier.
NHS England South West says this year health and social care services have been joined up so there will not be as many bed blocking situations like we've seen in previous years.
Health managers in the west have insisted they can cope this winter after last year's unprecedented demand.Read the full story ›
Paramedics recruited from Eastern Europe by South Western Ambulance Service have begun their practical training.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
More than half a million people in the South West are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says NHS England.
In Somerset, as many as 12% of people are at risk of the disease.
The NHS' figures are based on a rise in high blood sugar levels.