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."
As a new report shows that alcohol abuse is costing our region's hospitals £91 million a year, we examine how serious the problem is.Read the full story ›
Hospital admissions triggered by alcohol abuse cost the West Country taxpayer an estimated £91 million in one year, according to a new report.
New “alcohol harm maps” show more than 300,000 people were admitted to Devon and Cornwall hospitals in 2012-13 because of alcohol misuse.
The analysis by campaign group Alcohol Concern also showed that deaths of 758 people in Devon and Cornwall that year were alcohol-related.
A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa.Read the full story ›