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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates from across the West of England on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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  1. More patients waiting longer at Gloucestershire Hospitals

    Surgeons

    The number of patients waiting longer for treatment in hospitals in Gloucestershire has gone up.

    Data from a BBC investigation's revealed Gloucestershire NHS Trust is in the bottom third of more than 100 trusts in the UK.

    In Gloucestershire only 86.1% of patients who visited A&E were seen within four hours - the target is 95%. And only 80.1% of cancer patients began treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral - the target is 85%.

    The trust has previously been rated as 'requires improvement' by the Care Quality Commission.

    In response NHS Gloucestershire say they routinely monitor performance and if it falls below national standards then plans are put in place.

    To see how the NHS is doing in more detail go to BBC news to see the online tracker.

  2. The day the M5 ground to a halt for 15 hours: 4 August 2017

    On 8 August 2017 two lorries collided on the M5 causing a fuel spill that meant that the motorway needed to be resurfaced - and a 15 hour traffic jam that stretched for five miles.

    Here are some images from the day.

    Traffic analysts Inrix estimate the jam cost the economy nearly £2.4m based on average fuel consumption, the number of people typically in cars and "assumptions" about the purpose of people's trips.

    Read the full story here.

    This was the scene at J21 for Weston-super-Mare, looking to the south
    Image caption: This was the scene at J21 for Weston-super-Mare, looking to the south.
    And a little further south of J21, looking north.
    Image caption: And a little further south of J21, looking north.
    And nearly five miles away, near Loxton.
    Image caption: And nearly five miles away, near Loxton.
  3. How is your nearest hospital performing?

    Salisbury district hospital

    From today you can visit a BBC web page to see how your nearest hospital is performing.

    It shows how they're doing in meeting key government targets in accident & emergency, routine operations and cancer care.

    The figures suggest that Salisbury District Hospital is the best performing hospital covering Wiltshire with an overall score of 41.7 out of 100.

    The Great Western Hospital in Swindon scores 30.6. with the RUH in Bath on 27.8.

    We'll bring you more information on other hospitals in the West shortly.

    Meanwhile, you can find details of your nearest hospital here.

  4. Your BBC local radio headlines

    Radio

    BBC Somerset: Research by the BBC has revealed that two hospitals have failed to meet their targets for seeing patients in A&E for more than two years.

    BBC Bristol: The Bristol Royal Infirmary saw a big increase in the number of people being admitted for the effects of the mind altering drug Spice over the summer.

    BBC Wiltshire: New figures show 63 people in the West were referred to The Salvation Army as victims of modern day slavery in the year to June. That's up almost 10 percent on the previous 12 months.

    BBC Gloucestershire: Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown is accusing the EU of being 'unnecessarily difficult' over Britain's so-called divorce bill.

  5. M5 traffic jam cost the economy of Somerset 'nearly £2.4m'

    The M5 in Somerset has the worst traffic jams in the UK, according to traffic analysts Inrix.

    One of the worst recent jams happened on 4 August 2017, when drivers faced up to 15 hours of queues after two lorries collided and there was a fuel spill, which resulted in the carriageway of the M5 needing to be resurfaced.

    Inrix said it caused problems for drivers up to 36 miles away.

    It estimated the cost to the economy of this Somerset disruption as nearly £2.4m based on average fuel consumption, the number of people typically in cars and "assumptions" about the purpose of people's trips.

    At the time travel company First Bus said it faced "unprecedented delays" to services in North Somerset.

    Read the full story here.

    Traffic infographic
  6. Yeovil District Hospital is 'one of the best-performing in the country'

    Yeovil District Hospital

    The NHS Trust which runs Yeovil District Hospital has been ranked one of the best-performing in the country.

    It's sixth in the rankings which are based on waiting times for cancer care, Accident and Emergency and planned operations.

    The figures have been compiled by a new BBC website called the Health Tracker which allows patients to compare the performance of their local NHS Trusts.

    We'll bring you more information on other hospitals in the region shortly.

  7. Traffic jams: M5 in Somerset is the worst in the UK

    A fuel spill on the M5 caused 15 hours of disruption
    Image caption: A fuel spill on the M5 caused 15 hours of disruption.

    The worst traffic jams in the UK left drivers facing up to 15 hours of disruption and tailbacks - and the M5 in Somerset saw the longest disruption and biggest tailbacks.

    A fuel spill, broken down vehicles and an emergency viaduct repair were behind the most severe delays.

    Traffic analysts Inrix said drivers and businesses lost millions of pounds in wasted fuel and time.

    They looked at disruption on motorways and A roads between September 2016 and August 2017.

    Read the full story here.

  8. Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live

    We will be here until 10pm tonight with all the news, sport, weather and travel from across the West Country.

    Although the weather will be a bit wet and gloomy first thing this morning, it will clear up later.

    Here's Lucy Martin with the forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather for the West on Wednesday 18 October