Reports

‘The way the NHS is managed is breaking workers’. Bristol nurses take historic strike action

Meet two critical care nurses from the picket line at the BRI in historic NHS strike action.

A history of Bristol’s healthcare for the working classes

‘I can’t die, I’ve not made my solo album’: Holysseus Fly on overcoming cancer and looking forward

Image of a masked nurse in a hospital operating room (credit: Royal College of Nursing)

Reports

As nurses vote for historic industrial action, is Bristol facing a winter of strikes? 

Nurses have voted for a national strike over pay for the first time ever, joining Bristol workers across multiple industries pushing for better pay and conditions as the UK goes from the cost of living crisis into recession.

Features

‘It’s a double stigma of menstruation and mental illness’

Voices

‘We cannot afford, financially or emotionally, to fight to be heard’

‘I was hospitalised with monkeypox. I would never want anyone to go through what I’ve been through.’

Carl Williams, 29, was the first monkeypox patient to be admitted to Southmead Hospital. He speaks out about the desperate need for more education about the rare disease and gives his advice to stay safe. 

“We’re expected to carry our babies while we also carry the burden of the statistics”

With black women four times more likely to die during pregnancy, the Black Maternity Matters pilot project launches in Bristol to address disparities in maternal healthcare.

Bristol mental health patients are still being sent miles from home. How are local services trying to eliminate the damaging practice?

The city’s mental health trust is failing to stop out of area placements, but it's an uphill battle amid high demand for treatment, limited funding and staffing shortages.

Revealed: Parents taking legal action over mistreatment of son at special needs school

A former worker has also shed light on what happened before St Christopher's closed in 2019 and police investigated child cruelty.

‘Women’s health in a man’s world’: One in ten women have endometriosis, but their pain is still ignored

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, so three women from a Bristol support group have come forward to talk about their experiences of the debilitating condition.

NHS waiting times for trans people in Bristol skyrocket during Covid

We talk to trans women in Bristol who are waiting for urgent hormones, mental health treatment and surgery.