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South Western Ambulance urge people to call 999 only in an emergency

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The South Western Ambulance Trust are urging people only to call 999 in an emergency in the run up to Christmas.

There have been 23 convictions so far this year of frequent callers who have abused the emergency telephone system.

There are a recorded 2,000 active frequent callers across the South West, most of whom have mental health, substance or social care issues.

The Trust says they can get in the way of them helping patients in urgent and life threatening conditions.

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Vigil to be held following A&E closure at Weston General

Protestors against the closure gathered outside the hospital earlier this year. Credit: ITV West Country

A candlelit vigil has been scheduled to take place from 8.30pm tonight, Monday 4th September at Weston General Hospital.

It is in protest of the overnight closure of the hospital's A&E department. Patients have had to travel to Bristol or Taunton for emergency treatment.

A second protest is also set to hold tomorrow at 9am during the board meeting.

The Weston Area Health NHS Trust says the closure is a temporary move, after a Care Quality Commission report labelling the department as 'inadequate' was published.