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Midwife strikes cause maternity unit rescheduling

Weston General Hospital maternity unit may have to re-schedule non-urgent appointments on Monday 13 October when midwives go on strike.

The hospital assures the public that women in labour in our unit or who need emergency treatment will be cared for as normal.

During Monday’s strike action by trade union members, there may be some disruption to services at Weston General Hospital but we expect this to be minimal. All our emergency services will be operating as normal, including our Emergency Department, midwifery unit, Intensive Care Unit, High Care unit, Theatres, and cancer patient services.

While we are not anticipating the need to cancel appointments, nevertheless on Monday, we are asking people not to come to the Hospital unless it is absolutely essential. Patients with a pre-arranged appointment should arrive as normal.

– Sheridan Flavin, Weston Area Health NHS

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Anger from nurses as hospitals prepare for strikes

Hospitals across the South West have been making plans to cope with Monday's strike by nurses, care workers, and paramedics.

They're due to walk out between 7-11am on Monday 13 October and will be joined by Midwives who are striking for the first time.

Staff in four unions voted decisively for action after the Government decided not to award a one per cent pay rise.

Suzy Franklin from Derriford UNISON says frustrations are running high.

Family metres away from fire that killed woman

Investigations continuing following the death of a woman in a fire in Swindon.

Crews were called to Turnpike Road in Blunsdon shortly after midnight by a passer-by who thought there was a garage on fire.

A woman in her late fifties was pronounced dead at the scene. The fire service say victims family were asleep in the main house just metres away.

The fire is not thought to be suspicious.

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Man charged after serious assault in Swindon

A man wanted in connection with a serious assault in Swindon has been charged.

The incident took place in the Town Gardens, Swindon, on July 24th 2014 shortly before 12.55pm.

A 25 year old man was assaulted and sustained serious injuries which required hospital treatment.

Dzung Nguyen, 20, of no fixed abode, Swindon, was arrested on Friday 3rd October 2014.

He has been charged with two counts of wounding with intent and has been remanded in custody.

He will appear at North West Wiltshire Magistrates Court on Thursday 9th October 2014.

No further action will take place against the two other men arrested in connection with this incident.

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