A conference has taken place in Devon hoping to come up with some answers for the number of food allergies.
The family of a four-year-old boy who's won the hearts of the West Country is to find out if his treatment for a rare cancer was a success
Katie Gammon from Barnstaple had a lung transplant two months ago. This weekend she led a five-mile charity walk.
The West's NHS trusts have come out on top in a Care Quality Commission report rating UK hospitals' ability to provide good care. On a scale of 1 to 6, none of the region's trusts scored lower than 4.
- Royal Devon and Exeter 4
- Plymouth Hospitals 4
- Yeovil District Hospital 5
- Taunton and Somerset 5
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals 5
- Northern Devon Healthcare 5
- South Devon Healthcare 6
- Dorset County Hospital 6
Torbay Hospital is showing local businesses how far medical equipment has advanced in the past hundred years in the hope of inspiring them with new ideas.
They will be showing instruments used in the First World War alongside some of the latest robot surgery equipment and a body simulator used in training.
A residential and day centre for children and young people with autism in North Devon is to close down its school, with the loss of up to a hundred jobs.
Broomhayes Centre at Bideford says that, after failing to reach high standards of care and education, they will no longer look after children and will concentrate on caring for young adults instead, Seth Conway reports.
The National Autistic Society has promised to work with the people affected by the closure of the Broomhayes autism school.
A statement from the society said: "We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care."
It added: "Employees at the centre were informed of this decision earlier today. We will be working with staff to agree the next steps and providing them with support throughout this process.
"We know that this is unsettling news and would like to assure all those connected to the Centre that we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for them."
Around 100 redundancies could be made with the closure of Broomhayes Special School in Bideford, Devon, the National Autistic Society said. A statement from the society read:
Recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted have shown that we are not currently reaching the high standards of care and education at Broomhayes Centre that we have set ourselves. We have also faced some financial challenges at Broomhayes over the last few years.
We have taken the decision to close the residential and day school provision for children at Broomhayes Centre on a date to be agreed in the early part of 2014.
A fall in child referrals and the ageing of those currently being cared for have seen Broomhayes change into a much more adult focussed service. As such, we are looking to continue developing a smaller and more focussed service for young adults.
The following is an extract from a statement published on the school's website:
– Statement on the Broomhayes School website
A fall in child referrals and the ageing of those currently being cared for have seen Broomhayes change into a much more adult-focused service. As such, we are looking to continue developing a smaller and more focused service for young adults.
We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care.
A school for autistic children and young adults in Bideford, Devon, is to close its child provision in 2014. It will focus solely on young adult care. Broomhayes School and Children's Centre has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission and has seen fewer child referrals.
The badger cull itself could cause a fresh spread of TB, according to research from the University of Exeter.
The process that aims to contain the spread of the disease disturbs badgers social structures.
Scientists say badgers who carry it are usually shunned, but culling could see TB spread faster.
Newquay Hospital will be officially opened today after a £350,000 refurbishment.
The community hospital has improved its outpatient and A&E departments, upgrades have been funded by the Primary Care Trust to improve the site and make it fit for purpose.
The new hospital will opened today by members of Peninsula Community Health.