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Devon health unit has worst hospital food in country

A psychiatric unit near Plymouth has the worst hospital food in the country.

That's according to a survey by the Department of Health and Age UK. It says the 12 bed centre at Lee Mill scored just 35% for patient satisfaction.

But Plymouth Community Healthcare, which runs the unit, says the survey was done at lunchtime when residents prepare their own meals as part of their therapy.

Chairman of Age UK, Dianne Jeffrey says good food is essential to patients' recovery...

Falmouth traders preparing for busiest trading ever

The Tall Ships bring £6k to the Falmouth economy
The Tall Ships bring £6k to the Falmouth economy Credit: ITV News West Country

Hosting the Tall Ships brings a massive boost to Falmouth, worth £6,000,000 to the local economy. Hotels and B&B's have been booked up for months in advance. Many are expecting their busiest trading period ever, as thousands flock to the town to catch a glimpse of those majestic ships.

Falmouth is expecting its biggest trading period ever.
Falmouth is expecting its biggest trading period ever. Credit: ITV News West Country

"We've been booked up for a couple of months now and really Falmouth is full throughout this festival which is fantastic news for all the hoteliers, all the shopkeepers, all the restauranteurs."

– Nigel Carpenter, St Michael's Hotel & Spa

Richard Gates is Falmouth's Town Manager...

New food standards for the region's hospitals

Hospital food is set to improve
Hospital food is set to improve Credit: PA

Hospitals across the West will be expected to comply with new food standards, the government has announced.

A report by the Hospital Food Standards Panel, led by Dianne Jeffrey, Chairman of Age UK, is recommending five legally-binding food standards for the NHS, which has worked with royal colleges and nutritional experts to come up with the new rules.


"Pig cam" at Heligan becomes an internet sensation

"Pig cam" at Heligan becomes an internet sensation
Credit: Heligan Wild

A live broadcast of a rare sow and her litter at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall has become an internet sensation.

"Pig Cam" streams the antics of ten Tamworth piglets and their mother. Daily visits to the site have doubled.

The Tamworth breed is classed as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust but the team at The Lost Gardens hope to help change this.

To see the Heligan Tamworth Pigs, visit

Five-car collision in Dorset

A five-car collision in Dorset this afternoon caused traffic to be diverted for several hours.

A number of people sustained serious injuries in the incident on the A354 between Weymouth and Dorchester at twenty past four this afternoon. The road has now been cleared and reopened.

12-year-old boy dies at zebra crossing

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a lorry in Exeter.

The boy was hit at a zebra crossing on the Topsham side of Countess Wear roundabout just after 3pm. He was initially treated at the scene, but died shortly after arriving at hospital. The road remains closed while investigators examine the scene. The lorry driver was unharmed.

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