A hospital in Plymouth will become the first in the UK to offer free do-it-yourself HIV testing kits.Read the full story ›
An inquest into the death of a 12-day-old boy has heard how his operation was postponed five times at Bristol Children's Hospital.Read the full story ›
An inquest will begin today into the death of a 12-day-old baby from Cornwall.
Harley Pascoe was born with half a heart. His operation was cancelled five times because - his parents were told - he wasn't ill enough to need it urgently.
Harley is among 32 babies and children who have died on Ward 32 - Bristol Children's Hospital's cardiac unit.
A ship from a West African country hit by the deadly Ebola virus will be docking in Falmouth next month.Read the full story ›
Three Devon MPs are calling for plans to close beds at a number of community hospitals to be re-considered.
The Clinical Commissioning Group of Mid & North Devon are currently consulting over proposals to lose beds at a number of hospitals - including Axminster, Ottery St Mary and Tiverton.
Mel Stride, Neil Parrish and Hugo Swire are now seeking a meeting with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss the matter.
The medical ship RFA Argus has left Falmouth on its way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola.
The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water but ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of spreading the virus.
There's been a call for the Health Secretary to investigate claims about botched eye operations at a hospital in Somerset.
Lawyers acting for patients who were treated for cataracts at a mobile clinic in the grounds of Musgrove Park hospital say more than 30 people suffered complications. The operations were carried out by a private firm contracted by the NHS.
Labour say the government needs to investigate why the operations weren't stopped as soon as concerns were raised.
Here's the Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne
There were difficult farewells this morning as RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, prepared to leave Falmouth on its mission to help Ebola victims.
Here's a short clip from the dockside.
RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, will leave Falmouth today on its way to Sierra Leone, to help Ebola victims.
The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water and has a state of the art casualty unit but Ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of transmission.
"I am afraid we live in a society where people are less willing to take responsibility for their own actions and their impact on others and now it is clearly time for everyone in the South West to take responsibility for their own use of alcohol.
"For many months I have spoken about the horrendous harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and these figures illustrate, in the starkest possible light, the staggering human cost: 314,000 alcohol related hospital admissions and 758 people dead – through drink, in a single year are simply not acceptable.
"These avoidable demands are being met by the public at large – the costs of caring for, and the harm caused by, drunks is being paid for by many who never drink in anything other than moderation.
"So on most evenings our casualty units are full of drunken men and women injured through fighting, after falling down drunk or being beaten by a drunken partner at home.
"The excessive burden on the police, the ambulance service, on doctors and nurses has to change. If tax-payers want the police to protect their homes and their children they cannot be expected to spend time clearing up the mess left from drunken binges."