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Welcome to Midlands Today. The top stories this Tuesday evening:
Saving lives with technology. Ensuring patients get the right
drugs in care when they needed. 28,000 young people are in part-
time work. Where other full-time jobs? I am trying. But I'm getting
nothing back. They say they want more experience, but I cannot get
it if they will not give me any. Swamped with 999 calls. The service
pleading with people to think before they dial.
And the spelling of "City Sentral" that is causing shock in Stoke.
live in Stoke-on-Trent. And we want shopping centre with a C, not an S.
Good evening. Tonight, could a new hospital computer system be the key
to saving thousands of lives idea? The system, which operates at
Birmingham's newest hospital, has been recommended to be Team
recommend -- investigating above average debt rates at Stafford
hospital. Adam Brimelow reports. Staff alert in Europe's biggest
critical care unit, here at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The message has
been triggered automatically by computer. On a ward downstairs, a
patient's blood pressure has fallen. Moments later, critical care staff
on the scene. The system responds automatically to a range of
readings, including an LEC nest, and heart rate. This is part of
much wider computer-based surveillance, tracking problems
such as the mixed -- missed medication. Errors are spotted
quickly, and staff are made to explain what has gone wrong. All of
the nurses worked in a high- technology environment. They are
used to monitoring and the impact of IT and technology. If you asked
us why we had not done something, or if you can give us evidence to
prove that I challenging us, things have improved for the patients, we
would not mind. It is estimated about 20 % of hospital prescribed
drug doses are not given to patients. Here, with the computer
surveillance and by calling staff to account, they have almost have
that figure. They estimate that if this was adopted across the NHS, it
would save 16,000 lives. This is one of several systems commercially
available to the NHS. Senior managers say it has enabled them to
change the culture of care. It has become culturally acceptable for
drugs not to be given to patients. And really that is what we have
been trying to do, turnaround that culture, and say that every single
dose is important. If the Department of Health says the
system shows how the NHS can harness in formation to improve
care. Adam has written a full report
about the new system on the BBC Health website.
Still ahead on tonight's programme... Jessie J drops in with
some sound advice for students at Birmingham's answer to Fame Academy.
The reality for young people is very different. New figures show
the number of young people in the region working part-time has risen
by more than 10 % since 2008. With youth unemployment at its highest
level for 20 years, more than 28,000 people between the ages of
16 and 24 are working part time. What is it like for those people
trying to enter the job market? Tayla Scott is looking for a career
in the travel industry. Instead, she is working part-time in a pub
in West Bromwich. That first full- time job is hard to come by. Thomas
Cook, Thompsons, travel agents, hospitality. But I get nothing back.
I am trying, but I am getting nothing back. They say they want
more experience. I can't get experience if I am not given any.
She is far from alone. The number of 16 to 24-year-old working part
time has increased dramatically in the past three years. This place
was set up to provide opportunities for young people. They are also
finding it hard. Hundreds of youngsters look to this social
enterprise for help in finding work. It specialises in kids who have had
difficulties and need a second chance. Kayleigh has got one
working in a kitchen, but it is part time and her contract ends at
the end of the month. It is hard. You do not know if you will lose
your job and have to start again. Being kicked down, it is hard to
get back up. Look at it from her employer's perspective - struggling
through that downturn, taking on full-time staff is a gamble. They
have to be part time, because we want to spread the opportunities.
But also, we have the challenges of what we can afford to pay. That is
a big challenge for many social enterprises as well. So, how to
persuade employers to take on younger workers? The CBI says, give
them an incentive. There are more experienced people out there, so in
that competitive environment it is about lowering the cost and the
risk. Therefore, something like National Insurance reduction is one
way of achieving the aim for stocked for many, it is a case of
making the most of what ever experience you can get.
We are joined by a Joy Warmington, an equality campaigner who works
with young people. We have seen how difficult it is. Some people are
saying they are getting part-time jobs. What had you encountered?
of the things we do is work with young people, and it is a range of
young people. We have a number of different projects which try to
support young people. One project we work with young people on is one
where they are interested in starting their own business.
Budding entrepreneurs, they have ideas, they want to talk to people
who can champion those ideas. They need support in formulating those
ideas. And then we work with more vulnerable young people. People who
may be at risk of criminality, or have acquired a criminal record of
some kind. They are keen to get their lives back in order. And how
were they doing? For everybody, for all of the young people, especially
the ones we saw in the report, it is very difficult. The issue is to
do with aspiration and hope. A lot of the young people we work with
are moving from job to job, or have a number of different jobs at the
same time. But they are still trying to make that work for them.
Is easy to keep hopeful and stay aspirational when you get knocked
back? It is really hard. I met someone the other day he had sent
out their CD 50 times and heard nothing, had not heard back from
any one in terms of feedback. How do you stay positive? How do you
keep going? Do you have a brief answer for that? It is something
you need to look at what the whole of Birmingham. It is a useful city,
we need to attend to our young people. Though those that have
achieved and those who have less going for them, and are likely to
fall out of what is happening at the moment. For they should be a
place for everybody. A man with a cold, and a women who
wanted her washing brought in. Believe it or not, those are two of
the emergency calls made to West Midlands Ambulance Service. They
say the number of people dialling is on the increase. Only 10 % of
the 999 calls are genuine life- threatening emergencies. They are
backing a campaign to encourage people to think more carefully
before they pick up its own. This report contains flashing images
from the start. It is lunchtime, and paramedic
James Dineen is on his way to end 999 call in Birmingham. At two
year-old boy is choking and has turned blue.
Thankfully, by the time he arrives the child is recovering. He is sent
to the Children's Hospital to be checked. This was a genuine
emergency, but many 999 calls are not the real thing. The paramedics
and crews are deployed by Ambulance Service call centre staff in
Brierley Hill and Stafford. They are under increasing pressure. The
number of calls is growing. Between them, the two call centres answer
2,500 emergency calls per day. just 10 % of those calls are a
genuine life-threatening emergencies. We do have people who
are having strokes, we also get patients that call who Maze benefit
from another service. Such as the women wanting them to resuscitate a
dead pigeon. Another rang to get a light bulb changed. Others have run
with colds and minor injuries. Does it get frustrating for you, if
someone rings and clearly they do not need an ambulance? There is a
little sense of frustration there. However, we understand that it is
easy to call 999 sometimes, and get some help. Another real emergency.
James has been called to help an ambulance crew with a man suffering
from an angina attack. The paramedic companies into hospital.
The Ambulance Service now want to educate the public at large about
when to dial 999. At visit to be cheap he or pharmacy might be more
appropriate. Of course, you could always change your own light bulb!
Joining us now it is West may mint -- Matt Ward. You call handler was
diplomatic. How big a problem is that? It is a big problem for us.
As you have said, we have around 10 % of our cases that are life-
threatening emergencies that need an immediate response. The
statistics show that eight of those other cases -- 85 % of patients
need some sort of health care, but it does not necessarily need to be
provided by us all stop what is going on? Is it confusion about
whether we should go, there are too many places to go? Yes, obviously
we will provide advice on which services to access. However, it is
more or appropriate to go on the Internet or access NHS Direct and
get advice about which health care you need. What we are asking people
to do is think about which service they need, and not just call 999.
Maybe in a situation now where people are worried about doing the
right thing, and they say, get an ambulance - it will cover
everything? Yes. I think, where first date is needed, obviously
there are a lot of cases where an ambulance crew will need to come.
But the public can get advice from other services. And the ambulance
services for medical emergencies. We would not deter people from
calling 999 for emergencies. But what we are asking them to do is
when they have minor injuries or illness, that they consider other
services, such as their GP walk-in centre or a minor injuries unit.
Thank you very much. There is a bit of arrive brewing.
Developers behind a �350 billion shopping centre are being asked to
rethink its name. Realis Estates wants to call their new development
"City Sentral", spelt with an S. But shoppers had branded it
ridiculous, traders say it is uninspiring and marketing experts
have described it as dated and meaningless. Here is Liz Copper a.
Is is Hanley bus station. There are plans to transform it. The vision
is for a �350 million shopping centre, creating hundreds of jobs.
The developers have announced they are naming it "City Sentral".
Shoppers are not convinced. I think it is stupid. It almost makes us
look illiterate. That -- like we cannot spell properly. I do not
like it. It does not say anything. Know. It is pathetic. We live in
Stoke-on-Trent, and we want shopping centre with a C, not an S
we are not illiterate. We were talking about it last night. And we
said we thought it was stupid. Those views have been echoed by
traders. This woman runs businesses in the city centre. She is not
impressed. It does not describe anything to do with the area,
nothing to do with the culture. I do not know where the name comes
from. And I do not think it will do us any favours. It is not the first
time the plans have courted controversy. Last year, promotional
pictures had to be withdrawn. Images of celebrities including
Billie Piper and Gwyneth Paltrow apparently shopping in Hanley had
been used. The company behind the scheme has said the name has the
endorsement of its partners, Stoke- on-Trent City Council. No one from
the council was available to be interviewed. They said it was a
matter for the developers. When his boat to Realis Estates, they said
their spokesman was also unavailable. But although the
developers have been silent, some marketing experts have voiced
misgivings. To come up with a word that does not exist in the
dictionary, too be quite honest, it is a bit of a ploy, at tactics. It
is not very respectful not to listen to the public, if they feel
passionately about it, which they clearly do. In spite of the
opposition, the developers say this is an exciting regeneration scheme,
and they are convinced the logo is You would never thought we would
have so much reaction to that story. We have. No comment from the
developers but plenty from you. Linda says, how dare they tried to
foist such a stupid name. We do not want the world to think we are
illiterate. It makes my blood boil. From Stacy Foster, I think the new
shopping centre will be a hit, she says. James Butler wonders, why not
go the whole hog and call it City Sentral? Another says, it is
deliberately whimsical rather than farcical. One more says, stupid
idea. There must be lots of appropriate names to consider City
Sentral is a joke. A motorcyclist killed at the
weekend was serving West Midlands police officer. Ramin Toulouie he
was 40 and from Sutton Coldfield was on his way home from work when
his bike crashed with a car. 825 year-old man was arrested on
suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has begun a campaign to add Birmingham
to the name of one of the city's main sporting venues. It wants
Edgbaston cricket ground to include the city's name in its title. The
chamber says it is holding talks with Warwickshire County Cricket
Club about the proposal. It was a lunchtime that pupils will
never forget. Pop-star Jessie J opening venue recording studios and
talking to them about life in showbusiness. She surprised
students at the region's first Academy School for the Performing
Arts and offered the chance of a lifetime. Our report contains flash
photography. Chart-topping Jessie J making a
surprise visit to Birmingham's newly opened answer to London's
The singer is a Brit School graduate herself. Do not expect
opportunity to find you. Do not make it easy. You have to go and
find it. She was at Birmingham Ormiston Academy to encourage
students he just started studying the performing arts. Would you be
here today if he had not gone to Brit School? No. The school taught
me to be independent and who I wanted to be. And where I shed a if
I wanted to wear eyeshadow. I had to get six trains back and forth. I
had to grow up. Am unsure job moment - two 16-year-old students
invited onstage by Jessie J herself to sing. And on the strength of
their performances, Jessie J also asked them to sing at her concert
at the O2 Academy tonight. I am a big fan of Jessie J. It is
incredible to get this opportunity. I have a lot of respect for what
she stands for. She was in our place when she was our age.
Academy has cost �25 million but it is not just budding musicians and
singers like Jessie J that are hoping to nurture here. The academy
which has created 100 jobs also houses two theatres, a drama studio
and a TV studio. All very glamourous but will there be a
career at the end? It is tough but it is not all about performing.
This industry is a very technical industry, so on one level we had
the dancers and musicians and actors, but the digital technology
is equally as important to us. Before she left, Jessie J opened a
music studio. Who knows, perhaps a hit of the future will be recorded
here. Very impressive. The concert were
people were queuing. Still to come: illustrator Quentin
Blake on how his work is writing up life for hospital patients.
And if it is not the winds and rain they get to it is the frost.
Gardeners watch out. The temperatures are plummeting.
Despite those rather chilly temperatures, Birmingham City fans
slept outside the grounds to snap up the final tickets for their Euro
the game in Bruges. More than 5,000 fans now have tickets and many more
are expected to travel to Belgium. Police urged them to improve the
image of English fans in Belgium after the trouble that marred Euro
2000. Tired and weary - you bed. Cold
also. Some of these fans had stepped out last night to get the
hands of the last 400 tickets at Birmingham City's European game.
Those days match against FC Brugge. Got the old sleeping bag. Not too
bad. Just a bit cold. But worth it. Very cold. 20 cups of coffee later,
still here. Is it worth it? Yes, of course. Brilliant atmosphere.
fans are not the only one struggling in numbers. The club is
sending 50 stewards and there will be a delegation from West Midlands
Police. There was no suggestion that fans are going to cause
trouble such as that seen in Euro 2000 but West Midlands Police have
reminded the Blues fans that the Belgian police have not dealt with
her large visit of English and sense and will act quickly if there
is any sign of a repeat. They have urged fans to continue the good
behaviour cent in Europe so far. They have also reminded fans to
carry their passports at all times. You can be arrested without one.
The reasons for fans travelling in such numbers - Bruges is beautiful,
it is not far away and it is famous for it is big. Do not panic if you
cannot make it. You could do worse than go to the anchor here. You can
order a pint of BarBar Bok and it will help you catch that European
bar. There has been a real buzz around Birmingham, especially in
the pub. They have been here drinking the beer. This is what the
fans hope to see more of. Birmingham City have enjoyed their
European adventure so far. Thursday night looks like the biggest one
yet. If you are not of to Bruges, there
will be full coverage on BBC WM. If you drink that beer, you will be
asleep and miss it! The Olympic torch has been in Birmingham. It is
on a nationwide tour to find people with inspirational stories to come
forward to carry the Olympic flame in 2012. It was hosted by students
from Birmingham City University who will be taking part in a Student
Olympics next year. I would be happy to carry the torch. It would
mean every body, even though I will not win a medal in the Games, we
will be taking part in the sport. It would be a great moment. The
famous children's illustrator of the Roald Dahl books is holding an
exhibition of his work for hospitals. It is testing the theory
that art can have a therapeutic effect on patients.
His distinctive style beeps from the balls of Compton Verney in
Warwickshire. Quentin Blake has chosen the location to exhibit work
commissioned by hospitals in the UK and abroad. A far cry from his
children's book illustrations. of the pictures are not mere two
children's book illustrations. Others are enlarged versions. They
are to be seen from a greater distance, works in pub expenses.
The therapeutic effect of Arts on patients is a theory put to many a
GHS trusts. Local artists are often commission to display their works.
It has been very valuable for patience. We get a lot of positive
feedback that the pictures and sculpture actually allow patients
to feel not only that they are cared for but there is something in
them that the patient can empathise with. Does this concept ring true
with Quentin Blake? It is something you can do in your mind that you
cannot do all are prevented from doing. It gives you a kind of
mental outing, as it were. Public art is also at the heart of this
exhibition. Despite cuts to arts budgets, it is something Quentin
believes in. None of the pictures here are all regionals. They look
as though they are but they are actually printed. Digitally printed.
The cost of one original, you get 10 of these. In a sense, in a time
of financial constriction, this is a good way of doing it. Although
this exhibition concentrates on hospital commissions, there is an
added treat. Quentin Blake's children's illustrations have not
been ignored. This family room provides an interactive space and
also a display of some of his most famous role dull sketches. As large
as life runs until December giving the Midlands and beyond a taste of
some of the nation's best-loved illustrators.
I love Quentin Blake's pictures. If you love them, we have put more of
you love them, we have put more of his work on our Facebook page. And
now the weather. It certainly is a chilly. Lots of
sunshine today but there is a cold snap to contend with. Gardeners
watch out. It is all courtesy of high pressure which will clear
skies and lead to plummeting temperatures. For the Blues fans,
heading down to Belgium for the match against Bruges on Thursday,
wrap up warm because what ever we are getting they will get also. It
will be cold but dry and sunny. This is what we had earlier. A
spiral of cloud around but we are neatly tucked in between with clear
skies. It will be dry tonight and fairly cold. A few showers to the
north. With temperatures falling to five or six Celsius, quite chilly.
A bit of a chilly start tomorrow. Some sunshine to start with but
these showers come down to the south. Well scuttled so there is a
good proportion of dry weather in between. Temperatures of 9 and ten
Celsius. It will not be quite add breezy tomorrow and those winds
will become lighter through tomorrow night. That is what will
give us the frost. Temperatures give us the frost. Temperatures
plummeting to near freezing. A look at tonight's main headlines.
The cost of living soars as inflation jumps to 5.2 % helped by
a sharp rise in gas and electricity prices.