06/01/2017 Spotlight


06/01/2017

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Over the last 24 hours the pressure on some hospitals in the South West

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has reached peak levels, with all experiencing huge demand.

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Some have declared the highest level of alert

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and some operations have been postponed.

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Clare Woodling joins me now with more details.

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This winter, a new way of classifying pressure has been

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brought in at hospitals across the country.

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What we knew as black alert, the most serious status,

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is now called Operational Pressures Escalation Level 4 or OPEL 4.

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Tonight the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is on this,

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It says there are around 100 patients occupying beds

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but who are waiting to go on to the next stage

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Other hospitals which have also been under immense strain in recent

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days include Yeovil, where managers have

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urged people with minor problems to avoid A

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Last night, Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was on the highest level

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of alert but today there's been some relief as that level has been

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dropped to OPEL three, formerly known as red alert,

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The hospital says it's still "operationally challenged"

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and additional doctors and nurses have been brought in to help.

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North Devon District Hospital is under a similar level of pressure.

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Dorset County Hospital says that it is 96 per cent full

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but at the moment it's on a lower level of alert.

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It says health and social services are working together well

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Urgent action is being taken at Torbay Hospital.

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Meanwhile 50 extra beds have been opened

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where all planned operations have been postponed.

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One of the consultants there spoke to me earlier

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It has been very busy. We have been experiencing great levels of demand

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with an enormous number of patients, to the doors but we have been

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managing to give patients excellent care. There is no secret that the is

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rising the. More patients are coming along. We have an ageing population,

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particularly in this area and elderly patients need more extra

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care and the wintertime so the pressure has worsened, year on year.

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NHS England says tried-and-tested plans are in place.

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People are being reminded that attending A is the right thing

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to do in an emergency or life-threatening situation

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but often people forget about Minor Injury Units for cuts,

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As well as advice from GPs and pharmacies, there's

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People are being reminded not to visit friends and relatives

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in hospital if they feel unwell themselves, so as to avoid

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spreading viruses to people who are already vulnerable.

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Let's take a look at other news around the region tonight.

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A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death after

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a Plymouth man fell 14 floors trying to stop his teenage friend

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The inquest heard how 24-year -old Thomas Bennett had climbed

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onto the ledge at the University of Honolulu to try and save the life

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Both men fell, but his friend survived the incident.

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A police investigation is continuing into the discovery of the bodies

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of a man and a woman at a farmhouse near Dunkeswell in Devon.

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The police say the deaths are being treated as a "domestic-related

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The married couple have been named locally as Nicola and Michael Beck.

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A pupil from Truro School received hospital treatment after students

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broke a curfew and bought drugs and alcohol on

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The head teacher of the private school confirmed a number of

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sixth form students bought a small amount of drugs from a local dealer.

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One female student was taken to hospital but was not seriously ill.

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Wildlife campaigners in Dorset are celebrating

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following a U-turn on proposals to build a large solar farm

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in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Dorset Wildlife Trust says they're pleased

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an agreement has been reached with British Solar Renewables

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A smaller solar farm is now expected to be built nearby.

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More than 8,000 Plymouth Argyle supporters have

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bought tickets for Sunday's big match against Liverpool.

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The last time the Pilgrims made round three was three years ago,

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You have to play without any fear. Discipline, competence. If all of

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the players are up to peak form... Stick to the game plan, togetherness

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and belief. This squad does have belief and a manager with one thing

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on his mind. We are going to win, there is the possibility, it has

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happened in the past. You got to go there with that belief and attitude.

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Graham Kelly, a Liverpool fan is Plymouth Argyle's Star man and

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unfazed by performing on the big stage. When the game starts, you're

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in the zone, you're in a bubble commie don't focus on the fans, just

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fully on the game. Unless we are competitive, unless we give it a

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good go, then we are not really going to enjoy it.

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Six grey seal pups have been released back into the wild

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after spending several months being nursed back to health

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by staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.

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Among the six were Honey Badger, Panther,

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All were rescued around Cornwall's coast after being found abandoned,

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dangerously underweight and in several cases

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You can only prepare them so much. I am more than confident that they

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will figure it out and that they will find fish and settle right back

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into the wild. Time now for the weather

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forecast with David. Good evening. We've had some dry

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weather over the last four or five weeks. There is some rain now, but

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the month of December was particularly dry, the seventh driest

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ever with records going back to 1910. 42% of what we would normally

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see in terms of rainfall. There is some patchy rain overnight tonight.

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Tomorrow is rather cloudy and misty, but turning quite a bit less cold as

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we start to see winds coming from the West. We still have high

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pressure. Any weather fronts, fairly weak, but bringing cloud, trapped

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beneath that area of high pressure, for Saturday and Sunday. So little

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change in the weather pattern, and limited amounts of sunshine.

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Overnight, it will not be cold, temperatures up by the end of the

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night at around 6-8 C, so mild compared to what we have seen

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recently. Tomorrow, quite grey and misty, with extensive low cloud and

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hill fog. Even though the drizzle moves away, we keep a lot of low

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figures at around 10 Celsius. The figures at around 10 Celsius. The

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arriving later in the day on Monday. but not by much. Some

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And cold and breezy by Tuesday of next week. The good evening. That's

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it from the late team. Have a good night. Goodbye.

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Good evening. The weather has been turning milder and also cloudier

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through the course of the day. We did see some clear spells moving in

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from the North will stop this was the sunset, captured in Dundee. Some

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clear spells as we headed through the course of the afternoon into the

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evening. Really, through the weekend, wiki with a similar theme.

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Much milder than it has been. A lot of cloud around in general, but for

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most of us think. Dry. Not dry everywhere at the moment,

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particularly across central and southern parts of England and Wales.

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We have a lot of cloud, bringing outbreaks of light rain and drizzle.

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The patchy rain will ease away slowly towards the south through

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tonight and further north across the country, drier conditions. Wherever

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you are, it's pretty cloudy. Mostly frost free to start the weekend, but

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there could be frost across the central glens of Scotland. A chilly

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start, but quite a lot of cloud, some pockets of

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