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Derriford Hospital reveals its deficit is expected to grow

Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow to £33million.

In the last financial year it was just under £5million - but today the Board will hear that a loss of one-off sources of funding and underspends not continuing have contributed to the expected increase.

HMS Bulwark rescues hundreds of migrants, including young children

Young children were among the hundreds on the "heavily overcrowded" boat. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Hundreds of migrants - including 50 young children - have been rescued from an "unstable" ship in the Mediterranean sea near Libya, thanks to Plymouth-based ship HMS Bulwark.

The double-decker, wooden-hulled boat was described by the Ministry of Defence as "heavily overcrowded", with 369 people packed on board.

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HMS Bulwark and her crew have once again saved hundreds of lives in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, offering medical assistance, food, water and dry clothes to those in need.

A wider political solution is required to this crisis, but that does not detract from today’s rescue at sea.



Plymouth Argyle part company with John Sheridan

John Sheridan has left Home Park. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive

Plymouth Argyle have parted company with manager John Sheridan.

The club announced this afternoon they've cancelled the final year of his three-year contract after the 50-year-old wanted to return to the north of England for family reasons.

Sheridan took up the reins at Home Park in January 2013, and led the Pilgrims to the League Two play-offs earlier this month, where they were beaten by Wycombe.

John has made a significant contribution to the Pilgrims’ cause, for which we will always be very grateful.

Under his management, Argyle were brought back from the brink of relegation out of the Football League and were subsequently transformed into League 2 promotion contenders.

Reaching the play-offs last season, two years after surviving the drop into non-league on the final day of the 2012-13 campaign, is an achievement of which John, his management team, and the players should rightly be proud.

While we would have liked John to continue to plot Argyle’s course back up the Football League, we understand his reasons for wanting to leave and have agreed a mutual termination of his contract.

Everyone at Home Park wishes John every success in his future career.

The search for a new manager to take Argyle into the eagerly-anticipated 2015-16 season has already begun.

The club will be making no further comment on that process until an appointment is made.

– James Brent, Argyle owner and chairman

Derriford Hospital reports two 'never events' in just two months

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has reported two so-called 'never events' so far this year.

One involved a swab being left in a patient, while another saw a wrong-sided prosthesis fitted. A third never event was also reported from 2010, where a patient returned to hospital having had surgery on the wrong site.

A 'never event' is described as a "serious safety incident". The Trust has apologised for both cases.

All three incidents have been fully reported and are the subject of comprehensive investigations.

We have apologised personally to the patients affected and we are extremely sorry that these mistakes have happened.

Our staff work extremely hard to care for patients and no-one comes to work to cause harm. We see and treat nearly half a million patients per year and, for hundreds of thousands of people, their investigations and treatment go well and they report being highly satisfied with their care.

But as our staff are human, very occasionally mistakes happen and things do not go as planned.

When mistakes happen it’s essential that we’re open and honest about them with the patients affected and the public and, importantly, that we use them as learning opportunities to help us improve our services and make them safer.

– Ann James, Chief Executive Derriford Hospital

In 2013 the hospital reported five never events. In 2014, they reported one.


Plymouth grandmother found in Cyprus died of suspected heart failure

Pauline Pidcock was missing for four days Credit: Family

A grandmother from Plymouth who was missing in Cyprus for four days died from suspected heart failure two days after being found, her family say.

Pauline Pidcock spent three nights trapped down an embankment in a vineyard. She was found covered in bruises and severely dehydrated, after being heard shouting for help.

The 64-year-old grandmother, who suffered from severe epilepsy, passed away at Limassol General Hospital.

Tributes were paid to her on Facebook.

Plymouth woman found unconscious in Cyprus dies

Pauline Pidcock. Credit: Family

A woman from Plymouth who was found unconscious after going missing in Cyprus has died.

64-year-old Pauline Pidcock from Tamerton Foliot disappeared during an excursion on the island last Wednesday.

After a major search, she was found on Sunday morning down an embankment. Her family say she died in Limassol General Hospital at about 5.30am this morning.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Daughter of missing woman flies out to Cyprus

Pauline Pidcock has been missing since Wednesday Credit: Family photograph

The daughter of a Plymouth woman who's gone missing in Cyprus is flying out to the island.

Pauline Pidcock was last seen on Wednesday. Her daughter Emily will travel to join the search today.

The 64 year old from Tamerton Foliot went missing on Wednesday in the village of Omodos, in the Limassol district. Pauline was last seen in a park at Omodos village. She and her husband were part of a group of tourists.

Pauline, who suffers from epilepsy and wears a blue bike helmet to protect herself, told her husband that she wasn’t up for the tour and stayed behind. Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriades says the search is still on going.

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