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The news here in the West tonight and first, a new service has been
launched in Somerset to reduce hospital admissions and relieve
the pressure on accident and emergency departments.
The scheme involves GPs responding to some 999 calls.
It's one of the first places in the country to try out the idea
and it's led to 80% of those patients being treated at home.
The GP 999 is online and we are available for any jobs.
This is one of two first responders running at the weekend
But they're only sent out to selected emergencies.
People with more complicated problems such as mental health
problems," life problems all medical conditions that involve ongoing
health problems. It's not long before such
a call comes through. An elderly woman in
a state of confusion. As a GP, he can do more
than a paramedic - prescribe drugs and look
up medical records. It means he can treat
this patient at home. 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 and might have
made her confusion worse and then she possibly would have been
admitted from there. And in two months, 80%
of those seen by the service It has improved patient care, good
for the use of the re-sources in the local NHS potentially, frees up
hospital beds for other patients. Leaving GP 999 free
to respond to another call. Police are investigating
the death of a woman Police believe she may have
been hit by a vehicle - they're trying to trace it
and want to hear from witnesses. Officers were called to the area
an hour previously after reports of a woman walking in the road,
but they couldn't find her. A vigil was held in Stroud last
night for an army gunner Family and friends of 24-year-old
Jack Mitchell gathered at the baptist church
until the early hours. He was based at Larkhill
in Wiltshire and died following an alleged fight
at the Warehouse Researchers and leading aerospace
companies have come together at the University of the West
of England this weekend for a world first
drone-racing competition. For the first time, enthusiasts
were flying autonomous drones controlled by software,
not manually from the ground. The challenge was to build machines
and systems that work well And finally, Bristol has
a brand new site of special Pen Park Hole has a deep lake
which supports a nationally important community of blind
shrimps, would you believe! The BBC's Laura Rawlings
has been exploring, braving the tight spaces
for Inside Out West. It is well. I just have not got to
feel terrified of this very closed space. I can touch every single bit
around me. I know that I couldn't make it out if I wanted to, Kizzire
don't know the direction. And you can follow Laura's journey
down under on Inside Out West, Time for a weather check now
with Jennifer Bartram. Quite a cloudy night to come up with
the few showers for a time. Gradually as we head through the
night, the showers will fade away. Quite a breeze blowing from the east
and temperatures overnight down to three degrees. Tomorrow morning we
should see plenty of dry and fine weather but it will be windy. That
easterly wind blowing throughout the day, temperatures of ten or 11
degrees but with the wind it will feel cold. The rest of the week we
stay fairly mild with temperatures in double figures. Plenty of bright
spells. The wind dying down by the end of the week. We are back
tomorrow morning. Thank you for watching. Good night.
I'm sure most of us are glad to see the back of this weekend. It's been
cold, bleak and at times wintry. It provided some beautiful weather
Watchers photos, like Sheffield earlier today. I suspect some of the
lying snow will be blown around by strong winds starting to develop.
The odd spot of drizzle into the far north-east. The wind strengthening
here. Already signs of something a little bit miles, temperatures