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In tonight's programme... so it's goodbye from me.
Back home just days after a pioneering liver
Could these new advanced techniques help to
Patients suffer less. They do much better.
They suffer less complications. They go home much quicker.
The lottery of bird flu - some restrictions are eased for poultry
farmers whilst others continue to face strict guidelines
We're in Bermuda as they get ready to host the America's Cup UPSOF
And I'm in Southsea for a love tale with a difference.
About Rodney the shark who is going to travel
December was the worst month for A and E units in England
since the four-hour waiting target was introduced thirteen years ago.
Latest figures show only 86 per cent of patients were admitted,
transferred or discharged within that time
and there's suggestions it was even worse in January.
This evening on South Today, we're looking at what the NHS
is doing to tackle what's been described as a crisis.
A new way of doing liver operations that helps patients
recover more quickly, and frees up hospital beds
Today nearly a hundred specialists from around the world
And as our health correspondent David Fenton reports -
patients are already seeing the benefit.
Georgina Westwood had 60% of her liver removed
This is her just after she woke up from the 11 hour operation
I was told that they only ever do the liver with open surgery
but I was fortunate that I entered a trial which resulted in me
randomly being picked out for laparoscopic surgery.
That means keyhole surgery and it worked.
36 hours after the operation, Georgina left hospital.
Within a fortnight, she was looking after her granddaughter Maisie.
For my family, for myself and for the NHS.
Keyhole surgery is used for all sorts of procedures.
Most hospitals prefer open surgery for very big liver operations.
But today nearly 100 specialists from all over the world
at Southampton General where new keyhole techniques
Southampton has a unique position in that in this type of surgery,
so they have a lot of input and innovation into the procedure
among the European countries, as well.
Well, it's quite challenging but people are progressing and that's
why we have the conference over here to encourage people to get
Now the surgeon behind many of those innovations says more NHS
Our patients suffer less, they do much better,
they have less complications, they go home much quicker.
And I think that patients across all the UK should
have the possibility to have the same treatment
that we do in Southampton, instead of travelling down
Not everyone can have this type of surgery but,
three weeks on from her operation, Georgina's recovering well.
In Berkshire they're hoping prevention will be the cure to some
Trips and falls are one of the main reasons that older
people are hospitalised, so at a community centre
in Bracknell they're educating pensioners on the best way to stay
safe, as well as assessing those most at risk.
They say the NHS is from cradle to the grave and, in Bracknell,
in Berkshire, the focus is very much on all age groups.
It's best foot forward at the weekly Falls Free for Life programme
at the leisure centre, as the name suggests,
it's all about helping people avoid those nasty slips and trips that can
cost them not only their health but their independence.
Fell in the garden, hanging the washing out.
Yes. It was very scary.
The whole objective of what we're trying to do is to keep
people out of hospital, keep people happy, keep people
engaged in their own home and community for longer.
It is estimated that falls cost the NHS about ?2 billion per year
but, here in Bracknell, they're not only concerned
with prevention when it comes to the physical care of the elderly,
they're also concerned with the mental health of the young.
At this primary school a new lesson is on the timetable.
This week, leading children's charity Place To Be has said nearly
two thirds of children worry all the time about
Normally if you're feeling down it affects everything.
So it would affect your work as well.
All the time across our country, issue such as self harm, anxiety,
So, what we know from evidence is if we start the
conversation early we can get them to seek help when they need to.
So, not matter what age you are in Bracknell,
the message is for the NHS and the people it serves,
Our health correspondent, David Fenton is here with me now,
To innovative ideas, a positive approach.
We talk a lot about the NHS when things go wrong -
A problems, operations cancelled, not enough beds - but there is also
a lot that goes on behind the scenes to try and solve those problems.
That can be quite a high-tech sophisticated solution -
like surgeons using new keyhole techniques - or it can be a simple
thing like teaching people how not to fall over and hurt themselves.
They all usually have this in common - either keeping people out
of hospital in the first place, or getting them home
So Georgina liver patient went home day and a half after her op -
So that bed is then free for maybe five or six more patients.
Tomorrow those specialists we saw in Southampton drawing up
new guidelines mean more hospitals can do that.
A trial continued in Winchester today of a teenage father accused
of murdering his six week old daughter.
Joshua Martin, who now lives in Alton, denies
Today the baby's mother told the court she was afraid
She said Martin had been controlling during their relationship and made
violent threats when she tried to leave him.
There's a new case of Female Genital Mutilation or FGM
as it is known every 90 minutes in the UK.
That's according to the charity, Plan International UK.
It found that between April 2015 and March last year -
there were almost nine thousand times where women went
to the hospital or their GP with an FGM related concern.
That's the equivalent of one every hour,
It has been illegal to carry out FGM in the UK since 1985,
but there has not been a single successful prosecution.
Reading has been identified as an area where there is a high
and now the town is to get the first centre of its kind
The Rose Centre will bring together professionals to work
with communities where FGM is widely practiced,
I was at an age of 45 years old when my grandparents started speaking to
me about being cut. Jennifer comes from an influential east African
family but she only avoided female genital mutilation by running away
from home. The cutting tradition still casts a long shadow over her
and her mother. She says that her life has been ruined by me not
getting cut. She says she has received death threats, people have
tried to stow her car. People from her community. Sometimes she would
go back home to her family in the village and nobody would speak to
her. In 2014, Reading was declared one of 11 hotspots for FGM. More
than 40 cases have been uncovered in the town. Research suggests that the
actual figure is far higher. The row centre is the first of its kind
bringing together professionals and those groups where the practice
continues. The ultimate aim is to end FGM and community engagement is
the way forward. Jennifer now worries for her daughter as both mum
and dad are under pressure from her wider family. I can try and make
sure that my daughter doesn't go through this but if the father is
not with me, what stops him from coming home one day and I find he is
on the next plane home with my daughter. There is nothing I can do.
Large parts of the South have been identified as being at higher risk
for bird flu under new guidelines published by the Government today.
Restrictions on keeping poultry and other birds outside have been
in place since before Christmas after a number of cases of Avian flu
But farming leaders say the introduction of new "higher risk
areas" will mean free-range producers face major threats
It's been a tough few months for poultry farmers. Flocks have been
cooped up since December. In an effort to halt the spread of bird
flu by stopping contact with wild birds carrying the virus. From the
end of this month, flocks in low risk areas will be allowed outside
is with certain safeguards. It could mean that farms in high-risk areas
could lose a free range safeguards. We sell directly to the consumer and
we have a fantastic customer base who will be very supportive if we
have to rename our eggs as barn eggs. It's a lot more expensive to
run a free range poultry farm then it is for rearing Boban X. The NFU
says it will be a tough time for producers in high-risk areas. We are
very concerned about poultry farmers in high-risk areas. The outlook is
serious. We will be able to carry on our status as free range. The
chickens will be allowed out which is great news for them. One of the
eight confirmed cases of the flu in the UK was here at Abbotsbury indoor
set. All of the high-risk areas are on the coast or near inland lakes
and rivers Wye wildfowl have in large number. We've seen low
outbreaks in the areas that we have the proposing but still heightened
risk. The new regulations come into force on March one.
A reward is being offered to trace an iPod -
stolen from the daughter of firefighter Alan Bannon -
It once belonged to the 38-year-old - who was killed tackling a fire
The Fire Brigade Union is offering a thousand pounds for the safe
His daughter Abi who is now 11 years old -
had kept the ipod which contained all her father's favourite songs.
Say with us for the weather forcast.
After yesterday's political row over leaked texts Government ministers
have been insisting that Surrey County Council has not been
given a special deal to keep council tax low.
However, under questioning by Labour, The Leader of the House
of Commons did admit Surrey has asked to join a pilot scheme
to retain business rates a year earlier than other councils.
If there is no special deal for Surrey, why did
the Prime Minister simply not confirm this?
I, and other honourable members, want a memorandum of understanding
to secure our libraries and social care.
Surrey County Council has asked if it can participate in one
of the pilot project is for the proposed 100%
As any other local council will be free to apply, there is no
I'm sure we'll be hearing more of that in future. Now, all the sport.
We are going to hear from the chairman of Bournemouth. Is he
despondent at the moment given the poor recent run. Far from it. It has
been a tricky spell. They have had injuries, suspensions, didn't manage
to make signings but they are just looking over their shoulder.
It's probably the most trying spell of the fledgling Premier League
life of AFC Bournemouth, and their manager Eddie Howe.
Slipping down the table, the Cherries are battling
A lack of new signings in January didn't exactly rouse the mood.
South Today has spoken exclusively to Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn,
as the club try to get the ball rolling back in
In a debut season in, arguably, the world's toughest league,
any team would be given time to settle in.
Second time around, with tens of millions
of pounds spent, the expectations at Bournemouth
It's been a very difficult and stressful January
You know, the performances have been disappointing, to say the least.
There's always a concern when you're not winning games.
It was not for the lack of trying, right up until
11 o'clock, on transfer deadline day, occasionally you have to spend
a little bit more than you budgeted for and we were always willing to do
that with the players that we wanted to bring in.
Some of the values were just crazy, as they always are
It's the worst market to deal in and, as Eddie has said,
publicly, it's in the public domain, it was probably the worst window
There's no sense that if you haven't got
recruitment department have failed in their duty.
We are more concerned than we were before Christmas.
Our goal has always been to retain our position
Would we be having this conversation now if we
haven't reached the dizzy heights of the top half of the table,
or would people have been satisfied that we
We still haven't identified an ideal sight but we have
identified three sites that have potential.
So, it's a very slow moving project but we're in talks
practically with the Council on a daily basis.
Eddie is our manager and he will continue to be our manager
We have an incredible relationship and you
will never get a person who is more level-headed.
He's more determined than ever ensure that this football
club retains its position at the very top level of football.
More of that interview on our Facebook page and on the BBC sport
website. Now for the last of our
features from Bermuda. Tony Husband has been three and half
thousand miles across the globe to visit the island that will stage
the America's Cup this summer. Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR
will hope to become the first British team to win the trophy,
that was first contested Tonight Tony finds out how
the island is preparing and what conditions the sailors
will face. Bermuda is Britain's oldest colony
so it is fitting that Ben Ainslie is hoping to bring the Americas cup
home from these waters. Bermuda is 21.6 square miles. The population is
60 4000. Bermuda shorts borrowed from the British military. Though
neither was settled in 1609. It is the proverbial picture postcard
island. Britain's largest naval dockyard outside the UK was once
here. The America's Cup is big news for traders. It's is an absolute
need for Bermuda, a tremendous boost to our economic benefit and it's a
lot of fun. Memorabilia fills the rails across the stores in the
island. What today they think about the America's Cup? Just the
publicity alone is ideal for the island. On the one hand, I'm rooting
for Oracle because they've been here a while and are established in the
community. If they were to win the cup, they would stay which would be
good for the island. Generally, people are for BA are and Oracle on
the island. It is there that the boats competing for the America's
Cup will race off this summer. It forms a perfect the theatre. It's a
tricky place to sail. It's perfect for the flat water where we will be
racing but it is very landlocked so the wind is shifting. Thankfully,
I've got a bit of experience having sailed here a lot over the years but
we've got Giles Scott, our tactician on the boat who decides where we
will go on the course and you couldn't ask for anyone more
talented than Giles, having come out of Rio with a gold medal. Between
them, they have five gold medals. To have tactical racecourses brilliant
for our team. For the island of Bermuda, they are hoping that
staging the America's Cup is a major moment in history of their tourism
industry. The speed and lifestyle that comes with the America's Cup
ratings is right in our comfort zone for who we think we are going to be
going forward. Transport, infrastructure, everything you can
imagine, it's been a very delicate strategic project to get the balance
right. With the team Oracle being the home team, we will be cheering
loudest for them but the second team we are cheering for his Land Rover
BA are. We are partly British and we have a special place in the heart
for the British. Six Nations will begin qualifying here in May. Only
one will be left standing by the end of June. For this island in the
summer the number one aim is for everyone to have fun along the way.
One of the figureheads of British Sailing has announced
that he's to retire from his role later this year.
John Derbyshire OBE is to stand down as the Royal Yachting
Derbyshire's departure will follow that of Olympic
manager Stephen Park, who is also leaving this spring
A couple of things to deal with. Tony didn't get his legs out. Note
Bermuda shorts. And he didn't bring as anything back. Not even a bag of
sweets. I gave him a cold to go with so I didn't anything to come back.
We're just a few days away from Valentine's day -
and there's one couple who'll be spending February the 14th together,
that's despite the fact they haven't met yet!
We're talking about a pair of sharks.
Rodney the zebra shark is being transported
from his current home at the Blue Reef Aquarium
in Southsea to a larger tank in Cheshire but luckily Rodney
won't be lonely when he gets there The plan is to
For a shark it's not easy making friends, there's always the
temptation to eat them. Four Rodney it's even harder. He has no mate but
now love is in the air, or rather the water. This lovely lady is dotty
and hopefully for Rodney by nature as well as name. We are giving him
to an aquarium and we raised her as a little baby so it was always going
to be the case that they would meet. We have our fingers crossed that it
is going to be successful. This is Rodney as a baby, strikingly
different markings giving this PC is name of the zebra shark. He is
currently getting extra rations to give him energy for the journey
north. He will travel up to Cheshire on Monday, in time for Valentine's
Day on Tuesday. He is going to stay up in Cheshire, hopefully for many
happy years ahead. Hopefully for this pair of sharks, it will be love
at first bite. A lot of expectation there. Frightening. They should be
more laid-back. Too much pressure. Onto the weather. Wrap up warm is
the answer. You will need all the layers. This wind from the east is
going to make it feel bitterly cold. Let's look at your lovely weather
pictures. Shazz Hooper captured
the cloudy skies over the River Frome in Wareham Nick
Keown photographed the cloudy skies And Sarah Dawson took this picture
of starling murmuration at Studland. You can see all of our pictures on
the Facebook page. Tonight, we expect wintry flurries or even a
dusting of snow. More likely for Eastern counties. Elsewhere, mainly
dry, Frost can't be ruled out. In towns and cities temperatures will
fall to freezing. So, a cold and frosty start tomorrow. Wintry
showers will continue. With a strengthening east to north-easterly
wind, further showers will roll in from the North Sea. Temperatures
will reach a high of four Celsius but with wind chill it will feel a
lot colder. Wind coming in from the north-east staying with us through
tomorrow night and there will be further wintry showers. More
frequent during the early hours of Saturday morning. More likely
further east. Temperatures down to freezing and possibly -2 in the
countryside. Saturday is another cold day with that wind chill. Still
the risk of wintry showers brought in on this north-easterly wind.
Showers will drift westward with the strengthening wind. Limiting the
brightness for the next few days. Possibly one or two spells tomorrow
afternoon. For the next few days, some wintry showers at times and it
will feel colder. It will be stronger than recent days,
temperatures starting to climb with the start of next week. Temperatures
made next week to rise into double figures in some places. With high
pressure not far away it should stay mainly settled. I love the optimism.
It's still very cold. Spare a thought for the headteacher sleeping
in a tent behind his school. We will find out tomorrow why he is doing
it. That's it for tomorrow. This evening bulletins later.