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Most hospitals fail to meet A&E waiting targets

Ambulances waiting outside A&E Credit: ITV News

Hospitals in the west country fell short of Government targets for dealing with emergency patients within four hours. The figures from the week up to 15 February show that only Yeovil District Hospital met the 95% target.

  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust - 73.7%
  • Plymouth Hospitals Trust (Derriford Hosp) - 78.2%
  • South Devon Healthcare Trust (Torbay Hosp) - 80.2%
  • Royal Devon & Exeter Trust - 89.9%
  • Dorset County Hospital Trust - 90.6%
  • Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (North Devon Hosp) - 91.9%
  • Taunton & Somerset Trust (Musgrove Park Hosp) - 94.8%
  • Yeovil District Hospital Trust - 95.1%

Dozens turn up to war hero's funeral after his story goes viral on social media

Jim Howard was given a huge send off following a social media campaign Credit: Ralph Bardsley

A veteran who took part in the D-Day invasion of Sword beach was given a special send-off today after his war story was shared more than 15,000 worldwide.

Dozens of strangers joined serving and former military personnel for the funeral of Jim Howard at Combe Martin, after his story went viral on social media.

Following his death Ralph Bardsley shared his friend's story on Facebook inviting people to "come and send this hero off".

Dozens attended the funeral of war veteran Jim Howard after his story went viral on social media Credit: ITV News

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Solar panels to be installed at Art Deco hotel

There had been considerable opposition to the plans for solar panel in the grounds of Burgh Island Hotel Credit: ITV News

Controversial plans for 200 solar panels to be placed in the grounds of the Burgh Island Hotel have been approved.

The famous Devon hotel - loved by crime writer Agatha Christie - had to overcome considerable local opposition to gain planning permission.

Hotel bosses say the energy generated will be used to run the 85-year-old building.

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First Great Western is bombarded with 265,000 tweets complaining about their service

Commuters bombarded First Great Western with 265,201 tweets last year, with tens of thousands of messages about delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

The company received a higher number of Twitter messages than any of the other 14 train firms running services in and out of London.

FGW had some of the lowest customer satisfaction ratings of all the nation's rail operators in a Which? survey released this week.

First Great Western was bombarded with tweets complaining about their service Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

North Devon District Hospital declares 'significant incident'

North Devon Hospital declared a 'significant incident' on Monday Credit: ITV News

North Devon District Hospital had to declare a 'significant incident' this week after filling every bed.

The hospital in Barnstaple experienced a high demand for its services on Monday February 16 which lead to significant pressures on the system.

The major incident was declared after every available bed at the hospital was taken, but people were still people attending A&E.

The alert has now been lifted after additional beds were found and patients who could be discharged sooner revealed.

We remain very busy and are working closely with our staff and partner organisations to resolve the issues as soon as possible. As is usual when we face significant pressures, we have put a number of measures in place to ensure patients continue to get the care they need.

– Darryn Allcorn, director of workforce and development
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