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Operations at Derriford Hospital cancelled after flooding

Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV News

Operations at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital today have been cancelled after five operating theatres were flooded.

The damage was caused by a leak on the floor above. Contractors have been brought in to carry out Emergency repairs and the hospital is trying to work out which procedures later in the week can go ahead. They say any patients affected will be contacted directly.


Hundreds turn out in memory of Barnstaple teenager

Balloons in Katie's favourite colour, purple, are being released in her memory Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of friends, family and supporters of a North Devon teenager have met this evening to celebrate her life.

ITV interviewed Katie Gammon when she was 15 Credit: ITV News

Katie Gammon had a double lung transplant after suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.

The teenager had raised thousands of pounds for charities that had helped her with sponsored walks following the operation. But recently her body began to reject her new lungs and she died on Sunday.

Friends leave messages in memory of Katie, who had just turned 17 when she lost her life Credit: ITV News

Our footage from tonight's memorial starts with pictures of Katie on a fundraising walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

People come together in memory of Katie Gammon

Katie Gammon died last week after a long battle against cystic fibrosis Credit: Austin Wallas

A gathering is taking place this evening to pay tribute to Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon. She died on Sunday 23 August, having just turned 17.

People are being asked to meet at the Civic Centre car park in North Walk, Barnstaple at 7pm. A minute's silence will be held at 7.30pm and later balloons will be released in Katie's memory.

You can find out more here.

Katie underwent a double lung transplant in 2013, which meant that she could do much more than before. She campaigned for people to join the transplant register and even took part in the Tarka Walk to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Transplant patients Kirstie Tancock and Katie Gammon taking part in a fundraising walk Credit: ITV News

Katie's funeral will be held at Barnstaple Parish Church at noon on 7 September. One of her last wishes was that everyone should wear purple.

Plymouth MP questions use of anti-malarial drug

Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer was a Captain in the British Army Credit: PA

A Plymouth MP is questioning the army's use of an anti-malarial drug which has been found to cause "deep depression", anxiety and sleep deprivation.

Johnny Mercer is meeting with the Armed Forces Minister today to push for a study into the harmful effects of Larium. Currently the Ministry of Defence has a stockpile of more than 11,500 packs.


'Leave community hospitals alone': Carer's fears over NHS proposals

Winnie Hollingsworth and her husband Ian don't want others to be in their situation. Credit: ITV West Country

A carer from Torrington told us she is extremely concerned about proposals to close wards at community hospitals across North Devon.

Winnie Hollingsworth cares for her husband Ian who suffered a stroke after a triple heart bypass operation. But Torrington's community hospital has already lost its inpatient beds due to a previous round of cuts, so Ian has to have a hospital bed in the front room of their terraced house.

Mrs Hollingsworth believes that if more inpatient beds are lost across the district then more people will be faced with the same situation that they're suffering.

MP investigating after Devon mental health patient kept in cells

A man with mental health issues was held in police cells in Devon over the weekend. Credit: PA

Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer is meeting with Devon and Cornwall police and healthcare providers after a man with mental health issues was held in cells at the weekend.

The Conservative politician got involved after he thought the man from Exeter was being held in Plymouth. He has said he wants to make sure people arrested with mental health problems are looked after properly, despite the particular case not being in his constituency.

Mental Health patients kept in Devon police cells

Mental Health patients kept in Devon police cells Credit: PA

A Devon MP has today promised to investigate why mental health patients are being kept overnight in police cells after the Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police took to social media highlighting the problem.

Paul Netherton tweeted that once again no beds were available across the region so patients were being held in cells with support from nurses.

Back in November last year ACC Netherton highlighted the same problem when a 16 year old girl suffering from mental health problems was held for two days in a police cell in Torbay, because there was no suitable bed for her to go to.

Plymouth Healthcare release statement Credit: Plymouth Healthcare
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