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Cyclist suffers 'life-changing injuries' in Bristol city centre crash

Police are investigating. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A collision between a car and a bike in Bristol city centre this evening has left a cyclist with "life-changing" injuries.

Police were called to the scene of the accident on the M32 outbound in the Newfoundland St / Bond St area at 5.30pm.

The driver of the car was unharmed, and the cyclist has been admitted to Southmead Hospital.

There was severe traffic congestion in Bristol for several hours this evening as a result of the crash. This has since cleared.

Police say an investigation is underway.


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Man loses leg after hospital failings

A Bristol man has been compensated after a routine operation led to him having his left leg amputated.

Michael Stephenson, from Whitchurch, caught an infection following hip surgery in 2009.

The North Bristol NHS Trust has admitted negligence and compensated the 53 year-old, but he says surgeons need to be held accountable.

Man has leg amputated after hospital failings

Man has leg amputated after hospital failings Credit: ITV News

Failures at a Bristol hospital led to a man having to have his entire leg amputated after an infection following routine surgery.

Michael Stephenson, who's from Whitchurch, used to be an active man who's life was on the rugby pitch but six years ago a complication after a straight forward procedure on his hip meant his leg had to be amputated.

On the 20th July 2009 that Michael went into Southmead Hospital to have the routine procedure.

Five days later, the 53 year old should had been discharged but says the wound hadn't healed and there were signs of infection. It took more than a week for doctors to spot it, but it was then too late.

Over four years Michael had countless operations spending a total of two years in hospital. Until doctors finally decided to amputate his entire leg on 24th July 2013

The hospital apologised for the incident and admitted liability.

The Trust is pleased that agreement has now been reached and settlement achieved in relation to the injuries Mr Stephenson suffered.

Since liability was admitted in 2012, we have been working with Mr Stephenson’s legal team to establish his needs.

We hope that the compensation received will assist with Mr Stephenson's care and improve his quality of life.

We would like to re-iterate the apologies made in 2012 and offer Mr Stephenson and his family our best wishes for the future.

– North Bristol NHS Trust

Teenage motorcyclist dies after collision in Wiltshire

An 18 year old motorcyclist from Calne has died following a collision on the A3102 between Calne and Hilmarton last week.

Police were called to the incident involving the motorcyclist and two vehicles on Thursday 6th August.

He was riding a Honda 125 motorcycle when he collided with a grey Vauxhall Astra while overtaking a white Vauxhall Astra van.

The teenager sustained serious injuries to his head and spine and was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance.

He passed away on Saturday 8th August. Next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.


READ: North Bristol NHS Trust's response

North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead Hospital has apologised to patients and says it fully accepts the findings of the report.

The Trust takes the findings of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report extremely seriously.

We fully acknowledge that the quality and safety in the Emergency Department when the CQC re-inspected was not at a standard our patients should expect and for that we are very sorry.

The inspection took place on an exceptionally busy day and patients were waiting unacceptable lengths of time for admission to the main wards and had to wait in areas that were not conducive to our staff being able to deliver high quality care.

To provide absolute assurance, our clinical team carried out a thorough review of the notes of all patients from that day and were satisfied that no one came to harm.

We had hoped to be in a much better place at the time of re-inspection and are extremely disappointed with this outcome.

– Andrea Young, Chief Executive

Andrea Young, Chief Executive, thanks staff for their "relentless focus" on improving patient flow throughout the hospital, and for other improvements that have been made.

The Trust is fully committed to working with the CQC and we will be providing them with regular updates to track progress. In addition they will be making a further unannounced visit to the Emergency Department in the near future.

We are confident that with the changes put in place that are now firmly embedded, we can deal with busy periods much more effectively. Our priority is to provide the safest and best quality care for our patients and have the warning notice lifted.

– Andrea Young, Chief Executive

Southmead A&E rated inadequate for second time

A new £430 million hospital, supposed to be one of the answers to dealing with health issues in Bristol, has had its Accident and Emergency department rated inadequate for a second time.

The Care Quality Commission published its initial concerns back in December and despite some improvement, when the team returned in May it gave the service the same rating.

Inspectors from the health watchdog found overcrowding, insufficient staffing and patients waiting too long for pain relief.

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