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A & E departments under extra pressure after surge in patient numbers

Hospital accident and emergency units across the region are being put under extra strain following a surge in patient numbers.

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter are both dealing with an extra 200 patients a week, while Torbay Hospital has seen an increase of 90 patients a week. John Andrews reports:

Big increase in demand at Derriford Hospiital

Big increase in demand at Derriford Hosipital Credit: ITV News West Country

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital says it's seeing a huge increase in demand on its emergency services.

It's seeing an extra 30 people a day - more than two hundred a week.

Management aren't sure what's behind the increase but they're urging people to think carefully before heading to the hospital for treatment. It's also planning to recruit extra staff to cope with the pressure.

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Plymouth Argyle player in hospital after training

A Plymouth Argyle footballer is in hospital after falling ill during training.

Marvin Morgan who signed for the club from Shrewsbury last year, was taken to Derriford Hospital yesterday morning. The striker spent the night there and is now awaiting test results.

The 31-year-old thanked the club's physio for 'saving his life' on his Twitter account.

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Young trees destroyed

Vandalised saplings Credit: ITV News West Country

700 saplings in Plymouth have been destroyed by vandals. The trees, which were planted in the spring, include oak, ash and cherry. The saplings were destroyed over a series of months at the site in Bircham Valley, near Derriford Hospital. Only a few young trees now remain.

Derriford cancer care scores highly among patients

The majority of cancer patients treated at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust feel the care they receive is excellent or very good, according to the latest independent study.

The survey commissioned by Quality Health asked adults who had been admitted to Derriford Hospital as an inpatient or as a day case patient between September and November 2012 to rate various aspects of the their care.

According to the latest results, 87% rated their overall care as ‘excellent’ and ‘very good’.

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