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Under-pressure hospital declares "internal incident"

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has declared an 'internal incident" over the number of emergency patients needing to be admitted Credit: ITV News

It's emerged Plymouth's Derriford Hospital has faced 'significant' pressure over the last few weeks, with managers declaring an 'internal incident'.

The Trust says a very high number of people needed to be admitted for emergency care - many with pneumonia. It's meant some male and female patients have had to share bays and many staff are working overtime.

Milestone for Derriford

Derriford has gone a year without the MRSA superbug Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Derriford Hospital has reached a significant milestone this week - a year without any patient having an MRSA infection.The hospital has introduced measures to reduce the number of cases, like screening patients before they have an operation.


Three year old girl dies after fireplace collapsed on her

The incident happened in Colebrook, on the outskirts of Plymouth Credit: ITV News

A three year old girl has died after part of a fireplace collapsed on her in Colebrook, on the outskirts of Plymouth.

The toddler was treated at the scene and then taken to Derriford Hospital with severe head injuries. She was pronounced dead a short while later.

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service said: "We got a call at around 4:30pm on Sunday. We sent a basic doctor, two ambulance crews and an officer.

"The child was taken to Derriford Hospital in a life-threatening condition. South Western Ambulance Service extends its sincere condolences to the child's family."

Plymouth baby becomes first to receive life-changing surgery

Baby becomes first to receive life-changing surgery for spina bifida

A baby from Plymouth has become the first in the UK to receive life-changing surgery for spina bifida.

Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spinal cord and surrounding bones, which leaves a gap or split in the spine.

Frankie Lavis was diagnosed with the condition whilst still in the womb. Her parents, Gina Beddoe Dan Lavis from Devonport in Plymouth, found out during a 19-week scan at Derriford Hospital.

A doctor at the hospital helped arrange the surgery - which was carried out in Belgium, but funded by the NHS.

Baby Frankie was born at Derriford Hospital and is now 11 weeks old.

11 week old Frankie with her parents and hospital staff

Derriford Hospital praised for its cancer treatment

The new cancer ward at Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV Westcountry

Almost 9/10 people who receive cancer treatment at Derriford Hospital rate their care as excellent or good.

The figures come from a national survey of patients. 88% of people at the hospital in Plymouth say they are very satisfied with their care.

The UGI cancer and Urological cancer teams were rated in the top 20% of all Trusts, scoring 94%.

Tributes paid to cyclist who died this weekend

Chris Dennehy

Tributes have been paid to a cyclist who was killed along a busy dual carriageway in Devon on Friday.

Chris Dennehy died on his daily commute to work when he collided with a lorry on the A38 near Lee Mill. The 58 year old's family say he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. The lorry driver was arrested and has since been released on bail.


Police question lorry driver over death of cyclist

The cyclist was travelling along the A38 at Smithaleigh when the collision occurred Credit: ITV News

Police are continuing to question a lorry driver after a cyclist was killed along a busy dual carriageway in Devon.

The driver was arrested and taken into custody after the collision on the A38 near Plymouth on Friday.

The 58-year-old cyclist, who is local to the area, suffered serious injuries and was flown to Derriford Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

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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