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First patients begin move from Frenchay

The first patients are to leave Frenchay Hospital in Bristol later, marking the beginning of the 80-year-old building's closure.

Children's specialist services which include burns, neurosurgery and emergency care are being moved to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Specialist services are being moved to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Credit: ITV News West Country

Other care will be offered via outpatient appointments at various locations. Patients are being urged to make sure they're clear about where they have to go.

18 year old critical, after attack in Gloucester

Police are appealing for information after an 18-year-old man was assaulted in Gloucester.

He received serious head injuries in a fight on Central Road in the early hours of Sunday morning (29 December).

He's currently in a critical but stable condition at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital.

Two men from Gloucester, aged 18 and 20, have been charged with affray and are due before magistrates in Cheltenham today.


Girl in critical condition

Police say a 12 year old girl is critically ill after being hit by a car in Newton Abbot yesterday.

She's being treated for a head injury at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital after the incident on Highweek Street yesterday afternoon.

Detectives are asking any witnesses to the collision, involving a grey/blue BMW 323i to get in touch.

Many school children also saw the accident happen.

A trial to help Parkinsons sufferers

A pioneering procedure which could stop Parkinson's disease is being trialled at Frenchay Hospital near Bristol.

Doctors are installing a port behind the ear so they can directly inject a protein into the brain.

The trial is looking for 36 people with Parkinsons, who live locally, to take part.

Dr Alan Whone is a neurologist at Frenchay Hospital. He hopes the treatment could halt or slow down the progression of disease and improve the symptoms.

Hospital to get machine to help burns treatment

Frenchay Hospital says the burns imaging machine will improve recovery times Credit: Moor Instruments

A machine is being delivered to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol at midday that will help doctors treat burns more effectively.

The £52,000 laser doppler imager was donated by Dan's Fund for Burns, a charity set up by Polly Brooks, who lost her husband Dan Miller in the Bali bombings.

She herself was badly burned.

The hospital says the equipment will improve recovery times for patients.


New burns research centre will help children like Ava

The burn on Ava's chest one month ago. Credit: ITV News West Country

When Ava was 10 months old, her parents had some friends round at their home in Brislington in Bristol.

Mother Clodagh Richardson says, because the friends do not have children, they are not aware of how quickly children can move, and they popped a cup of tea on their coffee table.

Ava came along, went to take a drink out of it, not realising it was hot, and it tipped all down her chest and burnt her from her neck to her navel.

One month on, and the scar is barely visible on Ava's chest. Credit: ITV News West Country

New research centre into child burns opens

A new children's burns research programme has started at Frenchay Hospital near Bristol.

£1.5 million will be spent researching new treatments for burns as well as looking at the psychological effects.

It will also focus on common problems in the home; such as tea scalds and burns from hair straighteners.

Professor Alan Emond from the University of Bristol and Clodagh Richardson, mother of 11 month old Ava who was scarred when a hot cup of tea scolded her, spoke to ITV News West Country at the launch on Monday:

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