Author: Matty Edwards

Matty Edwards

Coronavirus in Bristol

Revealed: How Southmead Hospital is coping with Covid-19

Frontline NHS workers speak out about high staff absence, difficulties discharging patients and how the hospital will manage this winter.

The Bristol Briefing: Covid-19 rate falls in possible sign that lockdown is working

The Bristol Briefing: spike in Covid-19 cases, anti-lockdown protests and other news from across the city

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

‘It felt like a prison’: Teenager reveals traumatic time on private Bristol mental health ward

Paige speaks out about her experience of the ward at the privately-run Priory Hospital Bristol a year before it closed down.

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Private mental health hospital has serious problems, say inspectors

Reports

Bristol Covid cases stabilise but hospital admissions still on the rise as lockdown begins

Bristol ‘highly likely’ to see Tier 2 Covid restrictions soon, with local NHS now under 'extreme pressure'

Meanwhile both of Bristol’s hospital trusts have declared internal critical incidents amid rising demand and more Covid patients.

New Covid measures for Bristol, as city announces Tier 1+ in response to rising infections

The council is taking action after infection rates continued to rise sharply, including among working age adults, not just university students.

Air pollution close to pre-lockdown levels as battle for solutions hots up

The mayor and council have changed their mind, and want to reduce air pollution without charging drivers, but critics are calling time on yet more delays.

Another private mental health ward for children has closed. Now Bristol has no residential beds.

The second ward closure at the Priory Hospital Bristol in two months because of staffing problems has left Bristol temporarily without any residential beds for children. MPs, charities and a parent speak out.

Revealed: The true story behind the closure of privately-run mental health ward at Priory Bristol

Workers from a children’s ward at Priory Hospital Bristol speak out about regular incidents of self-harm and alleged attacks on staff, following a six-month Cable investigation.

Inside Bristol schools during a new academic year like no other

Struggling to access Covid-19 testing, helping disadvantaged kids catch up, and anxieties about another lockdown: Bristol school leaders speak of the challenges of reopening to a new normal.

Bristol students ‘playing catch up’ to get uni places after A-levels fiasco

The government’s U-turn to award teacher assessed grades came after days of intense stress. In one shocking case, a Bristol school saw 84% of its year 13s’ results downgraded.

Revealed: Private mental health ward for children in Bristol to close

The Priory Bristol says staffing problems are the reason behind the closure of Banksy ward, the only of its kind in south west England.

Revealed: Failures in care for man who took his life at private mental health unit

Dominic Vickars was just 25 when he died while at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in Weston-super-Mare, a private hospital part-funded by the NHS. Using evidence from the inquest and accounts from his family, we tell the story of how he was let down.

Inside: Private mental health services in Bristol investigated

Frontline workers and families speak out as the Cable investigates why private sector involvement is growing and what impact it’s having on people in Bristol.

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We're about to publish a new series about private mental health services in Bristol, focusing on why people are being treated by for-profit comapanies rather than the NHS. We need your input.

Doctor's scathing criticism of PPE guidance that has put NHS staff at risk

The local NHS has responded well to the pandemic, but inadequate PPE has led to staff being hospitalised, according to a Bristol doctor working on the frontline of coronavirus.

Clifton care home loses third of residents during Covid-19 outbreak

Seven people with coronavirus symptoms have died at Carlton Mansions in Clifton, the Cable has been told.

Revealed: Bristol care workers speak out amid confusion and scramble for PPE during covid-19 outbreaks

New data reveals 60 care home residents have died from coronavirus in two weeks, but some homes with outbreaks haven't had more residents tested.

Care work: What next for the forgotten frontline of coronavirus?

As care homes are a new epicentre of the pandemic, we celebrate the historically overlooked, undervalued care sector and ask what needs to change after the pandemic.

UPDATE: Housing association U-turn means Bristol Uni students spared £1,500 rent payment

First year students at the University of Bristol were told they had to pay rent despite the university closing down because their halls were run by a private provider.

Bristol’s NHS trusts scaling up critical care capacity while hospital admissions remain stable

Internal emails said one of Bristol’s hospital trusts had planned to triple capacity, but local NHS bosses have declined to reveal more detail on their preparations.

Coronavirus testing finally announced for Bristol’s key workers, but more rises in deaths expected for weeks

In an in-depth interview, Bristol director of public health says the south west is responding well to the crisis despite criticisms of the UK’s handling of the outbreak.