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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 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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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.
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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.
Derriford Hospital is currently on Red Alert and extremely busy after a surge in patients needing emergency care.
The hospital says a high number of patients have attended A&E, many of whom are acutely unwell and need to be admitted as medical emergencies.
We have opened 41 'escalation' beds - every extra bed in every extra space we have. However, these beds are not planned for and therefore we did not have rostered staff to care for patients in these beds. Hence why we have been appealing for staff to work additional shifts, offering additional payments and used other temporary staff.
The hospital says it put many measures in place to try to prevent the winter demand overwhelming their services - including increasing staff and working with the council's discharge team.
But despite everything we have done, meeting increased demand from a population that is living longer but with more illness and disability, as an acute hospital is extremely difficult.
The hospital added on its website that they "apologise sincerely to those patients affected" by the measures, and that staff are working extremely hard to try to minimise the effect.
- If patients need non-emergency medical care, please contact your GP or, out-of-hours, NHS 111
- If you have an appointment at Derriford Hospital please attend as planned, unless contacted otherwise