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Women falls to her death in Southmead Hospital

A woman has died after she fell into the atrium of Southmead Hospital.

It is thought the woman, who was not a patient of the hospital, took her own life in the new Brunel building on Sunday morning.

Police confirmed officers were in attendance but said it is against their policy to reveal further details.

North Bristol NHS Trust, which run Southmead Hospital, say they are carrying out a risk assessment in response to the death.

We can confirm that unfortunately a woman died.

The Trust is supporting staff and patients with help from the hospital's chaplaincy team.

– North Bristol NHS Trust


One teenager dead, three injured as suspected drink driver hits pedestrians

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One teenager has been killed and another man is fighting for his life after a suspected drunk driver crashed into four people walking along a road in Nailsea, near Bristol, this morning.

It happened just after 5am on Clevedon Road near to the fire station.

The white Volvo was taken away for analysis Credit: ITV News

Sgt Tim Knight, Avon and Somerset Police:


Cyclist suffers 'life-changing injuries' in Bristol city centre crash

Police are investigating. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A collision between a car and a bike in Bristol city centre this evening has left a cyclist with "life-changing" injuries.

Police were called to the scene of the accident on the M32 outbound in the Newfoundland St / Bond St area at 5.30pm.

The driver of the car was unharmed, and the cyclist has been admitted to Southmead Hospital.

There was severe traffic congestion in Bristol for several hours this evening as a result of the crash. This has since cleared.

Police say an investigation is underway.

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Man loses leg after hospital failings

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.

Man has leg amputated after hospital failings

Man has leg amputated after hospital failings Credit: ITV News

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.

– North Bristol NHS Trust
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