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A survey has found one in three adults drink more than Government guidelines Credit: ITV NewsOne in three adults in the West Country drink above the Government's recommended alcohol guidelines.
The survey, by Public Health Action, found many of these drinkers were unaware of the risks alcohol poses to health, including increased rates of obesity, heart disease and dementia.
"This is about all of us really. This is about people in professional jobs, parents who are starting to see alcohol creep up on them and it's becoming a routine and regular part of their life and their day".
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Unpaid carers in the South West save the UK nearly £11 billion a year.
That's according to the report Valuing Carers 2015. It shows more than 600,000 people in the region provide unpaid care to loved ones.
The amount saved has nearly doubled since 2001.
North Devon District Hospital has released the following statement after a recent report found some services still require improvement.
It's after an inspection in 2014 which found that six of the eight areas inspected were rated 'good' or 'outstanding', but that improvements were required in end of life care, emergency and urgent care, and maternity and gynaecology services.
This time the inspectors visited in August 2015 and saw the improvements and progress the Trust had made in these three areas.
We are really pleased that the CQC has recognised the improvements we have made across these aspects of care. We are particularly pleased our end of life services provided within our community hospitals and our health and social care teams have improved to a ‘good’ rating. This is a fantastic achievement for our patients and our staff who have worked so hard to improve the consistency and responsiveness of care we offer to patients near the end of their lives.
However, there is more to be done. The report makes clear that the Trust still has improvements to make in terms of patient flow through the North Devon District Hospital and staffing ratios in A&E.
Some key services at Barnstaple hospital still aren't good enough, according to inspectors.
The Care Quality Commission criticised Northern Devon Healthcare Trust for its A&E waiting times, and the quality of its gynaecology, maternity and end of life care.
But they did note some improvements since the last inspection a year ago, including in infection prevention: