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12/02/2017

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A new service has been launched in Somerset to cut down hospital

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admissions and relieve the pressure on accident and

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It involves doctors responding to some 999 calls instead

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of just a paramedic. Those behind the scheme say it's one

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of the first in the country with 80% of patients being treated at home.

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4530, good morning. Go ahead.

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Good morning, just to let you know that the GP 999 car from Taunton

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is online and we are 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 are only sent out to selected emergencies.

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Often people with more complicated problems such

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as mental health problems, end of life problems

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or complicated medical conditions which involve a lot of different

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And it is not long before such a call comes through.

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It is from the police. An elderly woman in

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a state of confusion. There is concern for her welfare.

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

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prescribe drugs and look at medical records.

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It means he can treat this patient at home.

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It is very likely that this lady would have been taken

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to an emergency department for an assessment by the emergency

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doctors there, which would have been distressing for her,

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potentially, and might have made her confusion a little bit worse,

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actually and then she possibly would have been admitted

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

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It has 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 is being funded for another year and will be extended to weekdays.

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

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The mother of a Devon teenager who was raped and killed in India

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nine years ago has welcomed news that an appeal has been lodged

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against the decision to acquit two men accused of the crime.

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15-year-old Scarlett Keeling was in Goa on a family trip

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Last year a court freed the two men charged

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in connection with her death - but now India's Criminal

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Investigations Bureau is appealing against their acquittal.

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A hearing is due to take place tomorrow.

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At her home in north Devon, Scarlett's mum Fiona McKeown told us

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she believes the appeal is good news but doesn't go far enough.

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I've only just heard that the CBI are going to launch an appeal

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It is kind of good, it is proactive, but I really want

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a new investigation because there's only been half an

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So even if these guys go to prison, there will still feel more

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Onto rugby and the Exeter Chiefs scored five tries as they drew

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The Chiefs' first try was scored by Sam Simmonds on his league debut.

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However the game looked over after Jonny Hill was sent off

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for a shoulder tackle with half an hour to play.

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But almost immediately Olly Woodburn scored their fifth try

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Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says their Derby win over Exeter

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will send out a big message to their promotion rivals.

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The 3-0 victory means they have an 11-point cushion

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between themselves and the clubs outside of the promotion places.

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Green Army! Green Army!

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The joy of victory and local bragging rights for Argyle fans.

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Come on! The Greens are going up!

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The team has gelled really well. That week in Spain, fantastic.

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In the short-term, it was about ending the rivals'

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Matty Kennedy got the first on his home debut before setting up

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Ryan Taylor who was also playing in green for the first

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The victory vital for opening up a big gap to the play-off places

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was sealed by Jake Jarvis' penalty late on.

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People will look at the results and they will be very impressed

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because Exeter have been on a very good run themselves.

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To win any game 3-0 but against a team that has won

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I think it was seven games in a row, shows you how good a side we are.

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Over the course of the next 15 games plus, it is about winning more

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than we lose and I have every faith in the players.

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The way we played today, they were on their game,

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it just didn't go our way. That is what happens sometimes.

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Exeter have slipped to fifth but remain close to the top three

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automatic promotion places while Argyle have breathing space

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Onto the weather now here's Jennifer Bartram with the forecast.

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A fairly cloudy evening to come with a few further showers

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Gradually through the night, though showers will tend to peter

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out and we will start to see clear skies developing as well.

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Quite a brisk breeze blowing through the night from the east

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and temperatures down to around 4 or 5 Celsius.

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Monday looks like a much brighter day than we have seen over

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the course of the weekend. We should see some sunny spells

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but that brisk breeze is going to continue.

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We could see gales around the north coast of Devon and Cornwall.

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A few showers pushing into Cornwall later in the day as well

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and temperatures around 11 Celsius but feeling colder with

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During the rest of the week, it stays fairly mild.

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We will have a few showers in the forecast

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The wind gradually dying down by the end of the week.

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That is all we have got time for. Goodbye for now.

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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

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