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Stay away if you have Norovirus warns Weston General Hospital

Norovirus is currently hitting North Somerset hard with schools and nursing homes in the region suffering outbreaks of the virus.

Three wards at Weston General Hospital are affected by the virus and restrictions have been placed on hospital visiting hours.

As a result, Weston General Hospital is warning that the public are inadvertently making frail and elderly patients at Weston General Hospital more unwell.

People are being asked to stay away if they have any of the symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Norovirus symptoms

  • suddenly feeling sick
  • projectile vomiting
  • watery diarrhoea
  • some people also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs

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Tributes to teenager who died following Banwell crash

Fiona Braidwood. Credit: Family

The family of a 17-year-old girl from North Somerset who died when her car left the road and hit a fence have paid tribute to her.

Fiona Braidwood died after the crash on Wolvershill Road in Banwell last Wednesday.

Fi grew up in a close family with both her parents Vicki and Kenny, older sister Ally and younger brother Euan in Banwell. Fi was a beautiful, happy young woman who blossomed at Churchill Academy where her academic achievements were outstanding. She was preparing hard for her A Level exams in June and was really looking forward to becoming a student at Durham University where she was going to read Geography.

Fi enjoyed life to the full and had a great group of friends. She worked hard at school and at her part-time job as a lifeguard at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre where she was a well-liked member of staff. She was very determined and focused on achieving her goals in all aspects of her life and was someone who had the confidence to be herself and follow her dreams.

We want the places Fi loved and was happy to be the places where her life is celebrated and not where the cruel incident took her from us so early. So while we are touched and moved by the roadside tributes that have already been left, we would ask anyone who wants to leave tributes to do so at Banwell churchyard. Banwell churchyard has been a very special place for our wider family and we invite Fi’s friends to remember her in this calm and tranquil spot away from traffic.

– The family of Fiona Braidwood

Avon and Somerset Police is keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time.

West hospitals declare 'black alert' status

Health and social care services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have reached the highest level of demand known as a ‘system wide black alert’.

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The Clinical Commissioning Group's of the three areas are asking members of the public to think first before calling a 999 ambulance and to attend hospital A&E with only minor ailments or illness.

The black escalation status on the local health system follows "high levels of attendances at local A&E departments over the weekend."

Members of the public with only minor ailments and illness can help themselves by the choosing:

  • SELF CARE AND PHARMACY - Treating themselves with over the counter remedies from their local pharmacist.
  • NHS 111 - Calls to the NHS 111 telephone helpline are free and the service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
  • MINOR INJURY UNITS - Minor injuries units are available in Bristol, Clevedon and Yate offering fast, local treatment of minor injuries such as strains, sprains and broken bones.

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Region's hospitals declare black alert

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Hospitals in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have declared they are on black alert.

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead and Weston General Hospital are among those placed on the system-wide black escalation status on Monday.

It comes after a huge influx of people using the A&E system and health bosses are now urging people to only use A&E for life-threatening emergencies.

People are instead encouraged to visit walk in centres, pharmacists or call NHS helpline, 111.

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It's the second time in a month the hospitals have declared the status.

In recent days we have seen an increase in hospital admissions together with a higher number of very ill patients who need to stay in hospital for longer.

We are coping with demand and have put in place a range of measures to increase capacity and ensure that people are discharged once they no longer need specialist hospital services.

However we do anticipate that we will remain in escalation for a number of days and encourage people to help us manage pressure in the system by using services appropriately and avoiding A&E for non-emergency conditions.

– Dr Peter Goyder, Bristol CCG Clinical Lead for Urgent Care and local GP
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