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Good evening. on the BBC News Channel,

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A new service has been launched in Somerset to reduce hospital

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admissions and relieve the pressure on accident and

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The scheme involves GPs responding to some 999 calls.

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It's one of the first places in the country to try out the idea,

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and it's led to 80% of patients being treated at home.

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Just to let you know the GP 999 car from Taunton

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is online and we're available for any jobs, over.

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This is one of two first responders running at the weekend

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But they're only sent out to selected emergencies.

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Often people with more complicated problems,

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such as mental health problems, end of life problems,

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or complicated medical conditions which involved a lot of different

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It's not long before such a call comes through.

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An elderly woman, in a state of confusion.

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As a GP, he can do more than a paramedic -

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prescribe drugs and look up medical records.

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It means he can treat this patient at home.

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It's very likely this lady would have been taken

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to an emergency department for assessment by the emergency

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doctors there, which would have been distressing for her potentially

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and might have made her confusion worse.

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Then she possibly would have been admitted to hospital.

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And, in two months, 80% of those seen by the service

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It's improved patient care, good for the use of the resources

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in the local NHS, potentially frees up hospital beds for other patients.

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It's being funded for another year and extended to weekdays.

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In this case, social care took over, leaving GP 999 free

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Police are investigating the death of a woman

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Police believe she may have been hit by a vehicle.

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They're trying to trace it and want to hear from witnesses.

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Officers were called to the area an hour previously after reports

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of a woman walking in the road, but they couldn't find her.

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A vigil was held in Stroud last night for an army gunner

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Family and friends of 24-year-old Jack Mitchell gathered

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at the Baptist church until the early hours.

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He was a gunner based at Larkhill in Wiltshire,

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and died following an alleged fight at the Warehouse

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Researchers and leading aerospace companies have come together

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at the University of the West of England this weekend for a world

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For the first time, enthusiasts were flying autonomous drones

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controlled by software, not manually from the ground.

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The challenge was to build machines and systems that work well

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It's been a frustrating weekend of football for our league clubs -

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More joy in the National League though.

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Bristol City went 3-0 up in the first half at Derby.

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Matty Taylor scored his first goal, in red,

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But Derby hit back with three of their own, to draw.

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Bristol Rovers went in front too, through Chris Lines,

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but were pegged back by Bradford and had to settle for a point.

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Swindon's poor run continued with an away defeat at Bury.

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This penalty in the first half was the only goal of the game.

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In League Two, Yeovil looked like they'd got all three points

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at Huish Park against Leyton Orient, after Francois Zoko

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But the visitors levelled with just two minutes to go.

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And Cheltenham lost 2-1 at fellow strugglers Notts County.

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This consolation goal three minutes from time was too little, too late.

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Finally, Forest Green kept pace with the National League leaders

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Gloucester were the only one of our rugby sides

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in action yesterday, but were well beaten at Leicester.

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The home side ran in three tries and a penalty try to win 34-9.

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Defeat ended Gloucester's five-match winning run and left

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And finally, Bristol has a brand new site of special

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It's a 200 million-year-old cave, far below the streets of Southmead.

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Pen Park Hole has a deep lake which supports a nationally

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important community of blind shrimps, would you believe!

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The BBC's Laura Rawlings has been exploring, braving the tight spaces

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It is wow, I've just not got to feel terrified of the enclosed space.

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We are in a very enclosed space right now.

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I can touch every single bit around me.

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And I know that I couldn't just make it out if I wanted to.

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And you can follow Laura's journey down under on Inside Out West

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Time for a weather check now with Jennifer Bartram.

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Quite a cloudy night to come tonight with a few showers

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in the forecast at first but, heading through the night,

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Temperatures overnight dropping to around two or three degrees

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Monday looks much better than we've had over the weekend with plenty

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of dry, fine weather and some bright sunshine for a time,

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but it will be windy from the east, taking the edge off

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the temperatures, which should get up to ten or 11 in some spots.

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The rest of the week looks like it will stay mild.

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There will be a few showers in the forecast

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The wind easing down by the end of the week.

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We're back after the Baftas tonight, later than usual.

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Good evening, dull, grey, cold, miserable. And that's just me! The

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weather hasn't been great leader for most of us, it will be chilly out

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there with this nagging easterly breeze, wetter weather for Northern

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Ireland, by the end of the night most of the dampness across parts of

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Eastern Scotland and North East England, most of the high ground

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Luus will have faded away as well. But not warm, another chilly

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