Paramedics recruited from Eastern Europe by South Western Ambulance Service have begun their practical training.Read the full story ›
Doctors from Plymouth are supporting a study to investigate whether routine heart scans for hospital patients with chest pains will help reduce heart attack rates.
Teams from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust will work in collaboration with researchers from around the UK to test whether heart scans can better diagnose patients at risk of a heart attack and reduce the number of deaths from the condition.
To date there have been few studies in this area, and where there have been they have focused on low risk patients who would have been sent home anyway.
Ours is the first study to investigate cardiac CT in relation to all levels of risk in patients. The findings of our study will help to inform guidance on how best to implement cardiac CT. The prospect of it being available 'at the front door' is not unfeasible and could even become routine within the next year or two.
The team are recruiting 2,500 patients from emergency departments at 30 sites across the UK, including Edinburgh, Sheffield, and Plymouth.
Researchers have received £2 million from the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme to conduct a clinical trial of the technology.
Health workers in the south west have been taking part in a four hour strike today.
Members of the GMB and Unison unions walked out at 7 o'clock this morning in an ongoing dispute over pay. It's the second wave of industrial action being taken by health workers. They took similar action last month.
Today's four-hour walk out will be followed by a work-to-rule which will last until the end of the month.
Health workers in the South West will be taking part in a four-hour strike today.
GMB members will be striking between 7 and 11 this morning as part of an on going pay dispute. It's the second wave of industrial action being taken by health workers. They took similar action last month.
Health workers continue their industrial action today. Yesterday they were on strike for four hours and for the next four days they'll be working to rule. This means not working through their tea breaks. They're in dispute over pay and conditions.
Thousands of nurses and health workers across the South West have been on strike today for the first time in a generation.Read the full story ›
Thousands of health workers have walked out on strike, many for the first time in their lives, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1% pay rise.
Midwives, nurses, paramedics, ambulance staff, hospital porters and cleaners have mounted picket lines across the West Country. They are walking out for a total of four hours from 7am till 11am.
A tribunal will continue to hear evidence today against the Chief Executive of the South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, who's accused of nepotism after employing her daughter's boyfriend as a manager.
Dr Paula Vasco-Knight, CBE, is NHS England's national lead on equality and diversity. The tribunal will hear from another whistleblower today.
An inquest has heard how a 36-year-old woman died in a Cornish hospital after slipping into a coma caused by staff failing to check her blood levels regularly enough.
Claire Harry, who lived near Penzance, died in October 2010 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
Miss Harry, who had been diabetic for 11 years, had been admitted to the hospital two weeks earlier with a chest infection.
Monday's Inquest was told changes in the care of diabetic patients have been made following the death.
It's the survey that David Cameron said will force under-performing hospitals to 'raise their game'.
But tonight, the NHS Friends and Family test is itself under scrutiny, after it was revealed that over 80% of patients in Devon and Cornwall didn't take part in it.
The survey, designed to give people a voice about the treatment they receive at our local hospitals, has been called difficult and confusing. And now its value is being questioned.
Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird explains: