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12/02/2017

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The news here in the West tonight and first, a new service has been

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launched in Somerset to reduce hospital admissions and relieve

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the pressure on accident and emergency departments.

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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 those patients being treated at home.

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The GP 999 is online and we are available for any jobs.

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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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People with more complicated problems such as mental health

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problems," life problems all medical conditions that involve ongoing

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health problems. It's not long before such

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a call comes through. An elderly woman in

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a state of confusion. As a GP, he can do more

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than a paramedic - prescribe drugs and look

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up medical records. It means he can treat

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this patient at home. This lady would have been taken to

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an emergency Department for an assessment by the emergency doctors

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there, which would have been distressing for her and might have

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made her confusion worse and then she possibly would have been

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admitted from there. And in two months, 80%

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of those seen by the service It has improved patient care, good

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for the use of the re-sources in the local NHS potentially, frees up

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hospital beds for other patients. Leaving GP 999 free

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to respond to another call. Police are investigating

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the death of a woman Police believe she may have

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been hit by a vehicle - they're trying to trace it

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and want to hear from witnesses. Officers were called to the area

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an hour previously after reports of a woman walking in the road,

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but they couldn't find her. A vigil was held in Stroud last

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night for an army gunner Family and friends of 24-year-old

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Jack Mitchell gathered at the baptist church

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until the early hours. He was based at Larkhill

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in Wiltshire and died following an alleged fight

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at the Warehouse Researchers and leading aerospace

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companies have come together at the University of the West

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of England this weekend for a world first

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drone-racing competition. For the first time, enthusiasts

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were flying autonomous drones controlled by software,

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not manually from the ground. The challenge was to build machines

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and systems that work well And finally, Bristol has

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a brand new site of special Pen Park Hole has a deep lake

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which supports a nationally important community of blind

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shrimps, would you believe! The BBC's Laura Rawlings

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has been exploring, braving the tight spaces

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for Inside Out West. It is well. I just have not got to

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feel terrified of this very closed space. I can touch every single bit

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around me. I know that I couldn't make it out if I wanted to, Kizzire

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don't know the direction. And you can follow Laura's journey

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down under on Inside Out West, Time for a weather check now

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with Jennifer Bartram. Quite a cloudy night to come up with

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the few showers for a time. Gradually as we head through the

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night, the showers will fade away. Quite a breeze blowing from the east

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and temperatures overnight down to three degrees. Tomorrow morning we

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should see plenty of dry and fine weather but it will be windy. That

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easterly wind blowing throughout the day, temperatures of ten or 11

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degrees but with the wind it will feel cold. The rest of the week we

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stay fairly mild with temperatures in double figures. Plenty of bright

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spells. The wind dying down by the end of the week. We are back

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tomorrow morning. Thank you for watching. Good night.

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I'm sure most of us are glad to see the back of this weekend. It's been

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cold, bleak and at times wintry. It provided some beautiful weather

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Watchers photos, like Sheffield earlier today. I suspect some of the

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lying snow will be blown around by strong winds starting to develop.

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The odd spot of drizzle into the far north-east. The wind strengthening

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here. Already signs of something a little bit miles, temperatures

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climbing up.

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