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And now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Anne Davies.
Good evening. First tonight, scientists in Leicester have
developed a new weapon in the fight against a deadly hospital superbug.
Four people a day are dying from Clostridium difficile, or C Diff.
Now, as Jo Healey explains, researchers say an electronic nose
will give them a huge boost in how we tackle the disease.
infection while in hospital in infection while in hospital in
Leicester. He says he suffered terribly.
It completely wiped them out. You go from being fit and healthy to being
bedridden within days, and that is really awful. His father survived,
but every year in this country, more than 1500 people who are affected
die. It is most associated with
hospitals, and it costs the NHS millions of pounds each year, both
to control and to treat, but treating it is difficult, because
there are more than 450 different strains of it.
So that is where this electronic nose comes in. It can analyse
patients' faeces, find the bug and the variety.
What we have been doing is sniffing out the bugs here. We are taking the
gases that, from the bugs, and we chemically fingerprint them on this
machine here. That will produce a chemical fingerprint that allows us
to love that the individual chemical molecules that make up the smell.
The real significance of that is, we are able to differentiate those that
are infectious and those that are not infectious from the smells.
At the moment, patient get the blanket treatment with antibiotics.
This electronic nose and distinguished between the different
strains, and therefore allow a lot more targeted treatment to be given
to patients. And save lives? Yes, it would mean that the patient is not
given an antibiotic that does not work.
the right type of it, you can get the right type of it, you can get
better success, and better survival, and that is what we would all
welcome. Hospitals are working hard to reduce C Diff, but also welcomed
the new research, which will help even more patients.
But there have been developments tonight, with health officials
warning of a new superbug heading our way. More on that in a moment,
but first, hospitals have made some pretty big steps against C Diff,
haven't they? Yes, in recent years, there have been big incentives for
hospitals to tackle this awful diarrhoea infection. This shows the
number of cases of C Diff our main number of cases of C Diff our main
hospitals are allowed to have in a year. The red figures show how many
they actually recorded. They say most were not due to deficiencies in
care, but for every case over and above the permitted totals, where
patients got the infections in hospital, the hospital could be
fined ?50,000 per patient. Earlier this year, that was reduced to a
penalty of ?10,000 mark but still, a big incentive to take control.
Absolutely. And tell it about this new horrendous superbug? Yes, I am
told they are now worried about a new group of antibiotic resistant
bowel bacteria, known as CRE. It is a major public health concern. Cases
are spreading in London and the north`west, and from next month,
patients here will be screened for it if they are going into our
hospitals. Improvements to commuter rail links
between Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln have been given the go`ahead
by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The upgrade of the Castle Line
follows years of campaigning by local businesses and politicians.
It'll cut journey times and the project could be completed
by next May. Our Political Editor John Hess
has the details. When it comes to rail investment,
the Casa line has tended to be the bridesmaid rather than the bride. ``
Castle Line. But it has found a rather unexpected suitor. These
lines up overcrowded, infrequent, and doesn't go fast enough, so we
need a regular service to Nottingham, a direct service every
hour. We want to make sure there are many
more services on line between Lincoln and Newark. That is what we
can deliver. It became one of those battle ground issues during the
Newark parliamentary by`election. At present, the current rail service
stops in many villages along the route. It is slow, and then take
more than an hour from Lincoln to Nottingham. The investment, costing
almost one in the pounds, will double the number of direct
services, especially between Newark and Nottingham, cutting journey
times by anything between 15 and 20 minutes. No doubt, much to the
relief of regular passengers. I think it would be nice, because we
get really rough trains on this line. Most of it is just standing in
one place, so yes, it is badly needed.
I started at the University of Nottingham in September. And using a
fairly regularly, and the quicker and more often the trains are, the
better. I think it is very badly needed.
A lot of people go through nothing in Lincoln, and they are some of the
main centres. You will get a seat for a start, so that is a plus.
Paying the fare to have to stand isn't really acceptable.
This is a line where you can travel faster along it in 1909 than you can
today. I think it will bring thousands of jobs to the area, and
it will help anyone who commutes, who goes to college, who wants to go
shopping in any of the towns or villages in this area. It will be a
massive benefit. Of course, the cash being spent on a just do is a lot of
money, and Nottinghamshire itself does benefit from that, but this is
a huge step forward for the area. After several weeks of negotiations
with East Midlands Trains and local councils, I understand that the
Department for Transport will make a formal announcement in the next week
or so. Sport, and one football result
tonight. It was a local derby between Notts County and Mansfield
Town in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, with The
Magpies winning 2`0. That's your news. So, it's goodbye
from me, but with your weather now, Thank you. Fairly quiet with the
weather at the moment. Drive, mostly cloudy, and rather warm as the theme
for the next couple of days, but it is dependent on how much sunshine we
get. Where we get ploughed, we're looking at a bit as not to 17 or 18
degrees, but in the sun, they will be rocketing around 22 or 23
Celsius. We have a fair amount of cloud at the moment, and that cloud
will actually thinking through the night, so we could get a mist and
hill fog across the Peak District later on in the night, but it will
be a warm one. Temperature is not falling much lower than around 14 or
15 degrees, so a warm nights to come. Tomorrow morning, we start off
with quite a lot of cloud, so a murky start, mist around here and
there as well. Slowly but surely, the cloud will thin and break into
the afternoon, so we will thin and break into the afternoon, so we
were, mist around here and there as well. Slowly but surely, the cloud
will thin and break into the afternoon, so we were getting
brighter days of sunshine coming through it the next few days.
Good evening. Thankfully over the next few days temperatures are not
that likely to be too close to the 14 degrees we saw across North West
Scotland today under grey and gloomy skies. But more akin to the 23
degrees we saw in Northolt under fairly sunny conditions. Over the
next few days we have a south-easterly drift that. Pushes
away the cloud we've seen across Scotland and Northern Ireland a bit.
But we have cloud heading our way. It's not clear blue skies by any
means. Tonight, it won't be clear skies everywhere. We will see a bit
more cloud develop across central and eastern parts of England.
Turning misty in a few spots. That cloud across western Scotland and
Northern Ireland and in between, where we see the clearer skies, even
a few mist and fog patches here and there. Dropping temperatures in the
countryside, but for most, a milder start to the morning compared with
this morning. Still the cloud across northern and western Scotland,