Voices

‘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”

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

Investigations

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.

Features

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

Struggle for trans health equality

NHS waiting times for trans people in Bristol skyrocket during Covid

Revealed: Bristol Mind loses core mental health service it has run for 25 years

Whistleblowers from the advocacy service, which has now transferred to new providers, allege mismanagement by the board of trustees.

Watch: The new documentary celebrating Bristol’s inner-city walks

The film profiles a grassroots project called Slow Ways which hopes to get more people walking further – with all the associated benefits.

Social care crisis leaves healthy patients stuck in Bristol’s hospitals

The lack of carers in the city is down to poor pay, Brexit, competition from the likes of Amazon and increasingly unaffordable housing.

Bristol midwife: ‘The system is broken and is breaking us with it’

Staff shortages, increased pressure and mental health issues are threatening to cause a mass exodus from midwifery. A Bristol midwife explains why she and her colleagues are taking to the streets this weekend to call for urgent action.

Bristol’s social care staff shortages ‘worst they have ever been’

Poor pay, Brexit, competition from the likes of Amazon and increasingly unaffordable housing mean some care providers are struggling to provide care.

Long Covid and the frontline of mass unemployment

Over a million people are still unwell months after catching Covid-19. With sick pay quickly running out, thousands could lose their jobs and face financial ruin.