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PICTURES: Protest at privatisation of services at Royal Cornwall Hospital

More than 100 protesters gathered outside of the Royal Cornwall Hospital this morning to protest against the privatisation of services.

They handed in an 8,000 signature petition to be handed to the board.

More than 100 protesters gathered to protest against the privatisation of services Credit: ITV News
Protesters They handed in an 8,000 signature petition to be handed to the board Credit: ITV News
More than 100 protesters gathered to protest against the privatisation of services Credit: ITV News
Protesters They handed in an 8,000 signature petition to be handed to the board Credit: ITV News

Pupil from Devon school diagnosed with TB

A student and two former pupils from a school in Devon have been diagnosed with TB.

Public Health England is working with Teign School in Kingsteignton and TB screening is being offered.

The pupil is away from school receiving treatment, and is recovering well.

TB is a bacterial infection, which is treated with antibiotics.

The pupil is said to be recovering well.

The health and safety of all our students and staff is of utmost importance to us. We have been working closely with Public Health England to identify and screen students and staff who could possibly be at risk.

It is never pleasant to share news that a member of our community is unwell and I wish our student a speedy recovery.

– Mark Woodlock, Head of Teign School

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WATCH: Bed blocking - just how much of a problem is it?

One of the biggest problems at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is bed blocking. It's caused by patients who are fit to go home, but can't because they can't be cared for properly.

Our health correspondent Jacquie Bird has been given exclusive access to the wards here to see how they're coping

Bed blocking - just how much of a problem is it?

One of the biggest problems at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is bed blocking. It's caused by patients who are fit to go home, but can't because they can't be cared for properly.

Our health correspondent Jacquie Bird has been given exclusive access to the wards here to see how they're coping - we'll have the full story on the programme, but here's a snippet.

Cornwall woman fears she'll die in hospital because a care package can't be found

The family of a woman who has spent 9 out of the last 18 months in hospital have told ITV West Country they fear she'll die there.

Mary Delf from Padstow has been treated for chest and hip problems at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. She's spent little time at home because a suitable care package can't be found.

Her son in law says she feels imprisoned:

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Warning as toxic smog moves air pollution levels to red alert

Smog covering a city last year Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

A toxic smog is set to sweep over the South West today prompting warnings for the elderly and asthmatics to take particular care.

Experts are warning the deadly pollution could put thousands of ill and vulnerable Brits’ health at risk. Asthamatics are being warned to carry their inhalers and go indoors if they experience any symptoms.

The South West will be particularly affected, with DEFRA's air pollution index warning hitting levels as high as eight.

Officials say the problem is being caused by smog blowing in from Europe.

Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms.

People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.

Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.

– DEFRA

Charity says there are shocking delays in diagnosing brain tumours

The Brain Tumour Charity says there shocking delays in diagnosis Credit: ITV News

A charity is investigating what it describes as shocking delays in diagnosing brain tumours.

The Brain Tumour Charity has highlighted the case of Alison Chester from Torquay, who was only diagnosed on her 6th visit to her doctor. She has now spent five years coping with her tumour.

The Charity says the multitude of symptoms can make it difficult to recognise.

Couple from Devon call for meningitis vaccine

Millie and Lydia Cross contracted different strains of meningitis Credit: ITV News

A couple from Devon - whose daughters were both desperately ill with meningitis - are leading a campaign to have a vaccination introduced.

Jodie and Tony Cross have written to their MP begging for help to start vaccinating children against Meningitis B. Their daughters Millie and Lydia contracted different strains of the disease.

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