24/12/2013 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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struggled with an Australian barrage all tour. Let's hope this guy has a

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lot more success with his deliveries. That is all from us.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. Health officials say a

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ground`breaking project in Hull is helping to reduce bed` blocking in

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hospitals. Thornton Court is a sort of halfway house between hospital

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and home, where frail and vulnerable people can learn to live

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independently again while still receiving the care and treatment

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they need. Our health correspondent, Vicky Johnson, has more details.

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Hello. Hello there. When Viv broke her hip, she was

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worried she would have to stay in hospital for weeks. Instead, she's

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been transferred to this special flat in Hull.

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There are some exercises you can do for me.

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Visits from physios and occupational therapists have quickly helped Viv

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get back on her feet. A home away from home. Gorgeous.

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I'll be sorry to leave, really, but I do want to get home.

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One of the scheme's main aims is to reduce pressure in local hospitals

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by discharging patients like Viv as soon as possible.

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We've worked really hard with the hospital and our local authority

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partners to make sure we're not bed` blocking, because that is not right

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for the individual who's sat in that bed. If you're ready to go home, if

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you want to go home, that's the best place for you to be, and this

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provides a sort of halfway house. Not quite home, but very homely.

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In the past, patients like Viv might have needed residential care until

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they were fit enough to go home. But 80% of those who've used this

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service have either needed no support or only minimal help when

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they've left. I think it's saved money for the

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whole system, that's health and social care, because people who have

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used the service here have spoken positively about it. They've had a

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chance to invite their family to see how well they're doing, use all the

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services, physios and the other therapists. They go home with a

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total care package. The local council and NHS say their

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collaboration on this project has been ground`breaking. It has already

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been so successful they plan to open another four bedsits, so that many

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more people like Viv can benefit from the scheme. Vicky Johnson, BBC

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Look North. Lincolnshire Police has appointed a

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new permanent Deputy Chief Constable. Keith Smy has been in the

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role since August on a temporary basis. He's now been confirmed in

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the position full time by Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

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In just over an hour's time, fire`fighters across East Yorkshire

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and Lincolnshire will stage a five`hour strike. It's the seventh

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time since September that industrial action has been taken. It's because

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of a row between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over

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pensions. People are being warned to take extra care because of the lack

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of cover. Hull City Council say jobs and

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services will be cut because of a large reduction in the money it gets

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from central government. The authority says it will have to find

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?48 million in savings over the next two years. Councillors are concerned

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that essential services will be hit, but the government says the city

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gets a fair deal. It's more difficult to make cuts

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with the amount of money that is already removed, because in a sense,

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the low`hanging fruit and the softer efficiency savings have already

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gone. This will mean a loss of jobs. This will mean a loss of services,

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and it's a direct result of those huge budget cuts from this coalition

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government. Local authorities get different

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amounts depending on where they are, what the need is. Somewhere like

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Hull actually gets more than the average in spending power, getting

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on for ?2,200 per dwelling for the entire area. So it's already above

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the average in terms of the money it has to spend.

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Christmas Eve services will go ahead at Boston Stump tonight ` less than

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a month after it was flooded. These were the scenes after the river

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Haven burst its bank. Organisers say temporary heaters and a sound system

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means that they'll be able to welcome the public into the church

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for two services this evening. Scunthorpe United have appointed

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Russ Wilcox as their new full`time manager. Wilcox had been in

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caretaker charge since Brian Laws was sacked a month ago. Since then,

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the Iron have won four and drawn one of their last five matches.

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Time now for the weather. Hello. A decent day for Christmas

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Day, but it is rather breezy out there at the moment. The strong

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gusty winds, gale`force winds potentially along the coast, will

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ease overnight. A few showers through this evening, but then it

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will become largely dry overnight. A frosty end to the night.

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Temperatures falling back to one or two degrees. There could be the odd

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icy patch into Christmas Day. Christmas Day itself looks like a

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very pleasant day. Dry and bright. Spells of sunshine. Most places will

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stay dry. The breeze will be lighter than it has been today. But it will

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be chilly ` six or seven degrees the high.

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That's all. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas Day. Look

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North is back on Boxing Day. it from us - we are back on Boxing

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Day at One o'clock. Merry Christmas. Hello. The weather has been a little

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kinder today to travellers and last-minute Christmas shoppers

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across England and Wales. Not as bad as we feared across Northern

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Ireland. We have a warning out across parts of Scott and for that

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strong wind through this evening. Up to 80 miles an hour across the far

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north of Scotland

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