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Summary

  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare for Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Getting warmer as the week progresses

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It will be a fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine, feeling warm and pleasant with only a light southerly breeze.

Temperatures will gradually increase over the next few days, with some sunshine, turning hazy at times.

That's all from BBC Local Live, we're back on Thursday from 7am.

Until then make the most of the sunshine.

Bristol's Southmead Hospital: Deficit 'not expected to be this high'

Southmead Hospital
North Bristol NHS Trust

It's been revealed North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead Hospital is £51.6m in the red.

BBC West health correspondent, Matthew Hill said when the privately-financed hospital opened two years ago it always expected a deficit over the first three years.

"But they were never expecting it to be this bad - they expected it to be about half of this," Mr Hill said.

"It's the cost of agency staff, the lack of beds in the community, that have caused this."

Amy Winehouse Foundation supports Weston rehab centre

A drug treatment centre in Weston-super-Mare has been given funding from a charity set up in memory of the singer Amy Winehouse. 

The star died five years ago, aged 27, of alcohol poisoning after a public battle with drug and alcohol abuse. 

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is now supporting young people with addiction at the rehabilitation centre, Broadway Lodge. 

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, explained why they chose the centre.

Breathtaking views from the top of Bristol's Cabot Tower

Looking towards the University of Bristol
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Brandon Hill park is one of the Local Live team's famous lunchtime haunts and today we braved the 100 odd steps to the top.

View from Cabot Tower
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As you can see the visibility is particularly good today with spectacular views across the city to Bath and beyond.

View from tower
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It doesn't cost anything to climb the tower but make sure you're wearing sensible shoes as some of the steps are very narrow.

Stay away and help elderly and frail patients, norovirus-hit Weston General says

Weston General
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If you've been suffering from norovirus then health bosses want you to stay away from Weston General Hospital.

The trust said norovirus is "extremely infectious" and visitors are inadvertently passing it on to elderly and frail patients.

Three wards have been affected and restrictions put on hospital visiting.  

"If you have a non-urgent outpatient appointment and you're not well then ring and we'll reschedule once you are feeling better," a hospital spokeswoman said.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK.

Amazing sand art appears in Brean

You've got to watch this video. It's amazing!

Simon Beck makes fantastic, huge sand art on Brean beach in Somerset. The Points West cameras captured a timelapse on Tuesday showing how they're made.

Amazing timelapse footage of sand art created at Brean in Somerset

In your local newspapers

Part of Bristol's Queen Square cordoned off after attack

Six iconic High Speed Trains shown off in Bristol

The High Speed Train, or Intercity 125, is celebrating its 40th year of operation.

As part of the celebrations, six engines went on display in Bristol, and the very first HST was renamed Sir Kenneth Grange, after the man who designed it.

Nearly 5,000 people turned up to take a look.

Bath Rugby in good position to keep Rhys Priestland

Rhys Priestland
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Bath Rugby coach Neal Hatley says the club's in a strong position to retain fly half Rhys Priestland despite speculation of strong interest from elsewhere. 

Worcester in particular are reportedly keen to sign the Welsh international, with money available from the increased salary cap in place next season.

Chief executive's warning over Bristol Royal Infirmary finances

University Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive, Robert Woolley, warns of difficult financial times ahead.

Chippy closing after serving generations of Bedminster families

BBC Radio Bristol listener Roger Perry from Ashton Vale has been getting his fish and chips from Evelyn's on Parson Street, Bedminster, for more than 70 years. 

It closed this week and Roger reflects on changing times

Bristol mayor election: mini manifestos

Still thinking about which way to vote in the Bristol mayoral election tomorrow?

Watch through our mini manifestos from each candidate to help you make up your mind.

Bristol hospital faces overspend after hospital move

North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead Hospital, is facing a huge overspend of almost £52m.

It says the move to the new hospital, the cost of agency staff and problems around discharging patients are all contributing factors. 

Southmead Hospital (l) BRI (r)
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But University Hospitals Bristol, which runs the Bristol Royal Infirmary, has managed a surplus of £3.5m

UBHT chief executive, Robert Woolley,said the trust's "buffer" fund had been used up and "things are looking very very difficult for 2016". 

Good morning: Weather looks nice!

Good morning and welcome to Local Live with the latest news and information for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

The weather looks glorious outside - and it's going to be nice at lunchtime with 16C on the cards. Lunch on Brandon Hill, anyone?

It will be a dry night to come, with lengthy clear skies and light winds throughout, allowing temperatures to fall. This will result in a patchy frost forming in some rural spots, particularly towards Bath by dawn.

Tomorrow we might see 18C. Pinch yourself, it's true!

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