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Devon's air ambulance aims for night flights

They're the lifesavers that currently only operate in the daytime. The Devon Air Ambulance service responds to emergencies within minutes - but their two helicopters are currently NOT allowed to fly at night.

That could mean no rescues are possible after four o'clock in the winter.

The charity that runs the service wants to extend its flying hours - but it needs to raise a million pounds to fund it.

Richard Lawrence reports:


Cleaning product found in milk and cream

A Cornish dairy has withdrawn some of its products after a cleaning product was found in some of its milk and cream after customers complained about the taste.


Trewithen Dairy is withdrawing a number of milk and cream products. Please click on the link for more details:

Trewithen Dairy, based at Lostwithiel says a small amount of industrial strength cleaning fluid had contaminated the milk at one of its supply farms It said whole, semi and skimmed milk dated 25 and 26 August and liquid cream and clotted cream dated 26 and 27 August had been affected.

We are not aware of any danger to health due to the vast dilution of the liquid

– Trewithen Dairy

We are taking all possible steps and precautions and have reacted immediately with an instant withdrawal and replacement for product that may have been contaminated.

We know which customers have received these products and are now collecting and replacing anything at risk.

If any members of the public have purchased Trewithen Dairy products with the above dates over the last two days and would like a replacement, they should not hesitate in returning it to their retailer who will provide a replacement.

We apologise profusely for this unfortunate error and can confirm that this issue has been contained within these products so that our yoghurt, butter, crème fraiche and buttermilk are not affected.

– Managing director Bill Clarke, Trewithen Dairy

Devon smoker quits after 50 years

Former smoker Ann Veit (centre)
Ann Veit finally managed to quit thanks to a stop smoking clinic at Axminster Medical Practice Credit: Northern Devon Healthcare Trust


By Claire Hayhurst, Press Association

A pensioner has finally kicked her 50-year-long smoking habit - after lighting up 750,000 cigarettes.

Ann Veit, 68, from Musbury, near Axminster in Devon, smoked around 40 cigarettes each day from the age of 15.

She attempted to quit smoking three times over the 50-year-period, trying hypnosis, acupuncture and patches.

However, the retired information systems manager eventually managed to give up in March, after attending a weekly NHS stop smoking clinic. She is being supported to quit with the use of patches and an inhaler.

Mrs Veit, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, has already seen significant improvement in the function of her lungs.

Carbon monoxide levels in her blood reduced from 26 parts per million (ppm) to just three in one week - the same levels as a non-smoker.

After a serious bout of pneumonia, which left me in hospital, I realised I must stop or I wouldn't last long.

Breathing is easier, I've got more energy, my self-esteem has improved and I no longer feel like a pariah.

I can also see the financial benefits - I've got more money in my purse at the end of the week.

It is hard, but never quit quitting. If I can do it after 50-odd years, there is hope for everyone.

– Ann Veit, Former smoker

The clinics are run at Axminster Medical Practice every Friday, along with three sessions a week in Honiton, Devon.


Lifeguards rescue 32 people in 1 hour at Cornish beach

Lifeguards rescued 32 people in just one hour from gnarly rip tides and large waves at Polzeath beach in Cornwall on Monday evening.

The water at the popular holiday destination was so full of swimmers and bodyboarders that lifeguards stayed on for one-and-a-half hours after their shift to ensure their safety.

Polzeath beach
Lifeguards come to the rescue of bathers at Polzeath in Cornwall Credit: RNLI

Senior lifeguard Ben Miskowicz explained how he and a colleague stood on the cliffs to direct the lifeguards in the water to flailing bathers.

He said: "I could see how strong the rip was, when the lifeguards stopped paddling on the rescue board they were pulled away very quickly, it was incredibly strong."

Bathers have been advised to speak to lifeguards about the potential hazards before entering the water.

Country park closes following illness

A country park in Devon has temporarily closed after dozens of people fell ill with suspected norovirus.

The River Dart Country Park in Ashburton said since Friday there have been 91 cases of sickness reported but there could be more. The park will be closed until the 18th August and all 600 peo those asked to leave will be refunded.

Phone consultations do not reduce GP workload

Phone consultations do not reduce GP workload
Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Introducing GP consultations over the phone rather face-to-face does not reduce pressure in busy surgeries.

That's according to new research by Exeter University. It's found patients who have a telephone call with a GP are 50 per cent more likely to have a follow up-appointment or will try and see a doctor out-of-hours.

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