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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.


DJ Derek post-mortem proves inconclusive

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A post-mortem examination into the body found in scrubland near Cribbs Causeway shopping centre has proved inconclusive.

Officers believe the human remains belong to Derek Morris because his personal belongings were found at the scene, although formal DNA identification is still taking place.

Police say there’s nothing to suggest the 73 year-old's death is suspicious.

Tributes pour in for DJ Derek

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Police say they have evidence that human remains found by a member of the public near Bristol are those of missing DJ, Derek Morris.

Since the discovery, tributes have been pouring in from fans including Bristol's Lord Mayor and the co-founder of Bestival, DJ Rob da Bank.


Police say Bristol body 'likely to be missing DJ Derek'

DJ Derek has been missing since last August.

Police say they have evidence to suggest that human remains found in woodland in Patchway yesterday are those of missing 73-year-old Bristol man Derek Serpell-Morris.

Derek was last seen leaving The Criterion Pub in Ashley Road, Bristol last July.

Det Ch Insp Matthew Iddon said: “Earlier today we spoke with the family of Derek Serpell-Morris to inform them of this latest development.

“While we’re not yet in a position to confirm the remains are of Derek, we strongly believe this to be the case due to personal items found at the scene.

“This is a very distressing time for Derek’s family who’ve been carrying out an exhaustive campaign to locate him and raise awareness of his disappearance and our thoughts are very much with them.

“We’ll be keeping them fully updated and offering them any support they may need.

“We’re not able to confirm any more details until the post-mortem examination and formal identification procedures have been carried out.”

– Det Chf Insp Matthew Iddon, Avon & Somerset Police
Human remains were found in Patchway last night.
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