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Search for 'vulnerable' missing Japanese student

Police are searching for a Japanese student who has gone missing after getting into a taxi at Derriford Hospital.

Saki Kamegawa, 28, speaks very little English and is considered vulnerable due to medical concerns.

She was last seen at around 9am on Thursday August 11.

Saki Kamegawa Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Saki has shoulder length black hair and was wearing a white skirt, salmon coloured top and wedges.

There is concern for her welfare and anyone who sees Saki should call 999 quoting reference 204 of 11th August.

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Junior Doctors take to picket lines in Plymouth

Junior doctors protest outside Derriford Hospital

Dozens of junior doctors are manning picket lines outside Derriford Hospital in Plymouth this morning.

Across the West, thousands walked out as part of their first 48 hour strike

Its the latest action in a row over new contracts. Hundreds of non emergency operations and appointments have been cancelled but emergency cover is still being provided.

Derriford opens 'escalation' beds amid Red Alert status

Credit: ITV West Country

Staff at Derriford Hospital have had to fill almost every available space with extra beds after a surge in patients needing emergency care.

The hospital is currently on red alertand a number of operations have been cancelled to help cope with the high number of attending A&E.

Extra staff have been hired in the hope of removing some of the 41 extra beds.

Yesterday was a better day, so although the hospital remains very busy, we do have beds available and today we are hoping to close some of the 41 escalation beds.

We remain on red alert. We would like to once again apologise to anyone whose operation or procedure has been cancelled as a result of the emergency pressures.

Our staff are working hard to re-book people affected as soon as possible. We would like to end by thanking the public for the amazing messages of support we have received, on social media and in person for our staff and the work they do.

Our staff are working incredibly hard and these comments have been much appreciated at a tough time.

– Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
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