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A new service has been launched in Somerset to cut down hospital
admissions and relieve the pressure on accident and
It involves doctors responding to some 999 calls instead
of just a paramedic. Those behind the scheme say it's one
of the first in the country with 80% of patients being treated at home.
4530, good morning. Go ahead.
Good morning, just to let you know that the GP 999 car from Taunton
is online and we are available for any jobs, over.
This is one of two first responders running at the weekend
But they are only sent out to selected emergencies.
Often people with more complicated problems such
as mental health problems, end of life problems
or complicated medical conditions which involve a lot of different
And it is not long before such a call comes through.
It is from the police. An elderly woman in
a state of confusion. There is concern for her welfare.
As a GP, he can do more than a paramedic -
prescribe drugs and look at medical records.
It means he can treat this patient at home.
It is very likely that this lady would have been taken
to an emergency department for an assessment by the emergency
doctors there, which would have been distressing for her,
potentially, and might have made her confusion a little bit worse,
actually and then she possibly would have been admitted
And in two months, 80% of those seen by the service
It has improved patient care, good for the use of the resources
in the local NHS, potentially frees up hospital beds for other patients.
It is being funded for another year and will be extended to weekdays.
In this case, social care took over, leaving GP 999 free
The mother of a Devon teenager who was raped and killed in India
nine years ago has welcomed news that an appeal has been lodged
against the decision to acquit two men accused of the crime.
15-year-old Scarlett Keeling was in Goa on a family trip
Last year a court freed the two men charged
in connection with her death - but now India's Criminal
Investigations Bureau is appealing against their acquittal.
A hearing is due to take place tomorrow.
At her home in north Devon, Scarlett's mum Fiona McKeown told us
she believes the appeal is good news but doesn't go far enough.
I've only just heard that the CBI are going to launch an appeal
It is kind of good, it is proactive, but I really want
a new investigation because there's only been half an
So even if these guys go to prison, there will still feel more
Onto rugby and the Exeter Chiefs scored five tries as they drew
The Chiefs' first try was scored by Sam Simmonds on his league debut.
However the game looked over after Jonny Hill was sent off
for a shoulder tackle with half an hour to play.
But almost immediately Olly Woodburn scored their fifth try
Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says their Derby win over Exeter
will send out a big message to their promotion rivals.
The 3-0 victory means they have an 11-point cushion
between themselves and the clubs outside of the promotion places.
Green Army! Green Army!
The joy of victory and local bragging rights for Argyle fans.
Come on! The Greens are going up!
The team has gelled really well. That week in Spain, fantastic.
In the short-term, it was about ending the rivals'
Matty Kennedy got the first on his home debut before setting up
Ryan Taylor who was also playing in green for the first
The victory vital for opening up a big gap to the play-off places
was sealed by Jake Jarvis' penalty late on.
People will look at the results and they will be very impressed
because Exeter have been on a very good run themselves.
To win any game 3-0 but against a team that has won
I think it was seven games in a row, shows you how good a side we are.
Over the course of the next 15 games plus, it is about winning more
than we lose and I have every faith in the players.
The way we played today, they were on their game,
it just didn't go our way. That is what happens sometimes.
Exeter have slipped to fifth but remain close to the top three
automatic promotion places while Argyle have breathing space
Onto the weather now here's Jennifer Bartram with the forecast.
A fairly cloudy evening to come with a few further showers
Gradually through the night, though showers will tend to peter
out and we will start to see clear skies developing as well.
Quite a brisk breeze blowing through the night from the east
and temperatures down to around 4 or 5 Celsius.
Monday looks like a much brighter day than we have seen over
the course of the weekend. We should see some sunny spells
but that brisk breeze is going to continue.
We could see gales around the north coast of Devon and Cornwall.
A few showers pushing into Cornwall later in the day as well
and temperatures around 11 Celsius but feeling colder with
During the rest of the week, it stays fairly mild.
We will have a few showers in the forecast
The wind gradually dying down by the end of the week.
That is all we have got time for. Goodbye for now.
Good evening, dull, grey, cold, miserable. And that's just me! The
weather hasn't been great leader for most of us, it will be chilly out
there with this nagging easterly breeze, wetter weather for Northern
Ireland, by the end of the night most of the dampness across parts of
Eastern Scotland and North