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Whack to Midlands Today today. Are medical wards for the fit the answer


to bed—blocking? We are better prepared than last winter. The


leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage is accused of croneyism. Unfortunately,


Nigel is picking people who don't argue with him or even sharpen him


up. He's just wanting people to agree with him. Graduation success


for the woman who had to teach herself to walk and write again


after an horrific riding accident. Moorcroft Pottery celebrates 100


years of bright and beautiful. But the same can't be said for the


weather. The first storms of autumn are on the way. Will the weekend be


a total wash out? I'll tell you later. The hospital wards for the


medically fit. There are no doctors and all patients are well enough to


be discharged. It might sound like a contradiction,


but it's the latest idea from a health trust hoping to avoid bed


blocking. It's investing £2 million for patients who could go home, but


the help they need to look after themselves isn't available. The idea


is that beds in specialist wards are then freed up for patients who


really need them. Patients being patient. Meet the


walking well, all fit for discharge. 89—year—old May Skidmore is healthy


but can't go back to her own house. I was took ill. That's why I was


brought in here. It's nice because you have company here. There are ten


beds here at Rowley serving Sandwell. It could increase to 50.


Michael had breathing problems and was homeless. Social services are


trying to find him somewhere to live.


I've no fixed abode. They are trying to sort me out a place to live. They


have helped me a lot. Last onetering they were so busy, there were two


days when there wasn't a single bed left across the entire trust. ——


last year they were so busy. The wards are managed by a full team


of nurses but there aren't any hospital doctors. In an ideal world,


this will prevent people from blocking the queue to the hospital


bed and it's a better environment for somebody that's medically fit


for discharge. Instead of blocking beds on specialist wards, local GPs


visit to keep an eye on them. As the GPs, we are coming in throughout the


week to make sure they are healthy and ready to go home and deal with


any issues that crop up prior to that. Not all bed blockers are


waiting for social services' help. No—one from Sandwell or Birmingham


was able to talk to us today. The council today said in a statement:


The hospital's Chief Executive says everyone must work smarter. We need


to make sure that our district nurses and therapists, local GP


colleagues and social care colleagues work more closely


together to make sure that patients move through the system. Hospitals


looking after healthy people may seem strange, but these wards should


save money. Our Health Correspondent joins us


now. Some people will be thinking, gosh, £2 million, how can the


Hospital Trust afford this? Well, they can't really because they are


having to make 4% year on year savings themselves but they don't


have any choice. If they don't get the patients out of the beds, they


can't get people in to have operations done so don't get paid so


hospitals are doing all sorts of things. University Hospital


Birmingham is opening extra wards, another hospital is buying beds in


care homes and putting patients in them temporarily. How bad is the bed


shortage? The crisis is severe. Last year, the accident and emergency


consultant said the system was at breaking point and it could fall


apart. The Government's put in £250 million to the system to try to do


something about it, but everyone's keeping fingers crossed that


onetering will be mild and they won't have too much flu or


norovirus. Coming up in the programme: Back to


see Syd Smails, no longer unsung, but very much a hero to his team.


A West Midlands Euro MP has resigned from the UK independent party amid a


scathing attack on the party leader, Nigel Farage. He quit UKIP last


night, accusing Mr Farage of being totalitarian and comparing him to


the Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe. Here is our political


reporter. The party leader versus the old guard. UKIP's men for the


West Midlands didn't take kindly to being deselected as a candidate. Now


he's jumping ship with some harsh words for his former boss, Nigel


Farage. In my view, he isn't a good leader.


This is a problem he has with wanting to control every aspect of


the party. I would point to that and say he is in fact totalitarian and


he's going to such an extreme now that the process by which mens are


recruited into the different lists in the different regions is being


gerrymandered, in other words fixed. UKIP says its new selection process


is fair, but it's no secret that Nige Elle Farage wants to attract a


broad range of candidates. He's been accused by the Prime Minister of


leading a Prime Minister of fruit cakes and nutters. They are far from


totalitarians. In fact, we are the opposite in every respect. Mike's


been a member of UKIP for some time, he's worked hard for the party and


we wish him well. These The former party chairman isn't the first UKIP


men to leave. Nicky Sinclair was expelled a year after winning


historic I have triwhen UKIP came in second place in 2009. UKIP surpassed


expect aces last time around. The two seats they won in the West


Midlands may now be held by independents but I'm told they fully


expect to win them back and more at the European elections next year.


That won't stop Mr Nattrass from trying his luck and he intends to


stand against UKIP in May. Our Political Editor is with us now.


Where does this leave UKIP and the midland? Whenever political parties


parade their divisions in public, they suffer a penalty for that.


These are particularly scathing comments which reinforce perceptions


that UKIP are a bit of a one—man band. But, so far as the effects of


personality politics are concerned, remember there's a big difference


between European and British domestic elections. In a British


election, people vote for individual, personal candidates


representing the parties. In Europe, they vote for closed lists of lots


of candidates to represent one giant pan regional constituency across the


region. The first of the Party Conferences


is getting under way. You will be interviewing all three party leaders


in the next few weeks on the Sunday Politics, won't you? Is this the


beginning of the run—up to the general election? Definitely the


quickening of the pace is quite clear and I challenged him about


this week's unemployment figures which continue to show our region


well above the national average and he said it's all the more reason why


the Government must press on with policies to bear down on that,


including significantly, his own personal very direct support for


high speed rail, Nick Clegg. As that gets going, we'll be creating 50,000


jobs just on the HSII project alone in the West Midlands. Those are


always wanting to be pressed ahead with, encouraging investment and


working hard through apprenticeships and through particularly the network


of excellent colleges in the West Midlands to provide the skills to


youngsters so that when the jobs become available, it's local


youngsters who have a real fair crack of the whip.


Going back to the general election, the Liberal Democrats did dreadfully


in the local elections, wiped out in Staffordshire. Did Nick Clegg seem


concerned? I reminded him about Staffordshire, but he feels very


bullish that when the election comes he can present the case that his


party, yes he knew they were going to take a hit for what they've had


to do politically, but it was the right thing for the country. That's


the message eel present. You can see that interview with Nick


Clegg on the Sunday Politics starting at 1. 30 on BBC One.


A college that had banned students colouring their faces said it


provided female security guards to provide checks. The college changed


its policy on Vales. —— veils. The college says it needs to be able to


identify individuals because of security. You will Muller Wiseman


are threatening le ak action against protestors after a blockade last


night. Dozens of farmers stage add protest over the praise of milk.


Although farmers receive more money for milk now than this time last


year, they say high production costs means they are still making a loss.


In 1999, Sarah Kemp had a serious horse riding accident which nearly


killed her. She was in a coma for two months. She had to learn to eat,


walk and write again. She never gave up and today, she graduated from


college 14 years on from when she was originally supposed to start


studying. We have been to meet her.


Against staggering odds, Sarah Kemp graduates in chemistry and applied


sciences at Worcester Cathedral. 14 years ago, she nearly died in a


horse riding accident. It's all your hard work. You did


this. You put me back together. There to watch the nurse who cared


for her as she lay in a coma at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.


For me personally and with all the hard work, it's just amazing. I feel


honoured to come and see how well she's done.


In 2002, Sarah appeared on Midlandsed Today three years after


her fall on Kinver Edge. Injuries included a blood clot on her brain,


X—rays show some of the 18 screws and four metal plates which hold her


face together. She was bleeding from the eyes,


nose, mouth, ears and she was just, it was obviously... Roan dues


really. At home in Kidderminster, memories of Sarah learning to


swallow and talk again are etched on her father's mind. His helped her


write again and kept the child—like scribbles of a then 21—year—old


woman. It was dreadful to watch because we were getting where she


could hardly touch the paper. I had to teach her how to walk properly


because she had this terrible gait. It was really hard just to


understand what I was reading on the computer on the research and the


books and actually converting that to my English to write down. It was


hard. What kept you going?I'm stubborn. Back to the cathedral then


and celebrations. We never thought we'd make it here. This is just


beyond belief really. She's proved she can do it. That was the whole


point, to prove that she could do it. Until you stop and think about


it, you suddenly realise, blimey, that was actually quite hard to get


here, but I did it. 14 years ago, Sarah had been about


to start a nursing degree. She now works in a shop which she combined


with studies at Worcester College of technology. As for what's next, she


hasn't decided. Inspiring stuff.


Now, a report by the Health Ombudsman's criticised the number of


people dying from an infection that can be spot and cured. Sepsis, or


September seem that, killed 37,000 people in Britain last year, more


than breast cancer, bowel cancer and HIV combined —— septicaemia.


Specialist nurses have been working for a decade trying to spot signs of


it before it's too late. It's estimated they've saved 1,000 lives


already. Joining us now is the man behind that wise decision,


consultant Ron Daniels from GoodHope Hospital in Birmingham. You started


on the mission after an apparently healthy 37—year—old man died from


sepsis. Explain the circumstances? This was Joe, he was 37, I was a


newly appointed consultant, came on duly and found him literally falling


apart in front of our eyes, there was nothing to do to save him and


there had been gaps in his care in the preceding hours. I resolved to


do this enwith I followed his wife down the hospital corridor and took


her into a room to tell her that her strong man wasn't coming home and


she was going to have to go home and tell their two young children that


daddy wasn't coming home from a condition they'd never heard of. And


he'd come in for something routine? Following a vasectomy, he returned


to work and developed flu—like symptoms and then characteristic


symptoms of sepsis. There have been a staggering number of high profile


cases, Pope John Paul II and Christopher Reeve? And Socrates,


Johnny Depp's daughter survived it thankfully here in the UK. There are


many, many cases of this condition, obviously some of those will be high


profile, but we are talking 100,000 a year affected by it. What are the


signs? Presumably it's difficult to spot? It is and it's a challenging


condition. In the early stages, it can look like flu but there are


specific features people might want to look out for. The ombudsman


report highlighted these in the early presentations of patients.


Severe breathlessness, rapid shallow breathing is one. Patients often


become confuse and delirious and slurred speech, some relatives


describing a loved one acting drunk even though they had not touched


alcohol. A third sign that people can look out for is changing in the


skin colour where the skin might become pail, notled. —— notled. You


have spread the word across other hospital Trusts now —— mottled. Yes,


word has spread across the UK, it's now standard in Scotland and Wales


and the ombudsman's highlighted that that should be an important factor


in care in a report today. Thank you for coming in.


This is our top story: New wards for the medically fit — is


this the solution to hospital bed blocking this winter?


Your detailed weather forecast shortly from Rebecca and also,


written a book, need a publisher? Why you should make abiline for


Birmingham this weekend. —— a beeline for Birmingham this weekend.


And bee hives discovered in Sutton Park.


Syd Smails — the Black Country netball coach, last year won the


title of Midlands Unsung Sporting Hero. He said his work in grass


roots sport has given him a new lease of life and it's reunited him


with old friends. Thunted is on to find this year's hero.


The hunt is on. Netball has been Syd smails' love for 50 years and he


shows no sign of slowing down. He admits winning the award put a new


spring in his step. Last year, it was very emotional for me. It's been


a wonderful year. I've almost become famous. Next year, I'll have to go


back. He's so vital to the club that their name is Sydney spelt


backwards. The publicity brought new recruits and it's brought old faces


back into his life. A footballer I played with some


30—odd years ago got in touch and we are keeping in touch and also, an


old relative from 30 years ago, they got in touch as well. They found


that they saw me on the television and looked me up. Winning the unsung


hero was a sporting treasure for Syd, but he's just as happy on the


court doing what he does best. Who can you nominate? We are looking


for an individual or a pair, got to be over 16, and who give their time


voluntarily and for no financial reward, to allow other people to


participate in sport. You can download a nomination form on the


BBC Sport website. Against the odds, a group of writers


have managed to get backing to put on a literary festival. With the


help of a bank, farmers' market and pub, a Birmingham suburb is seeing a


literary festival looking likely to be a major draw this weekend.


Preparing for a pub festival. Those with dreams of being published. The


writers group are behind the pow wow literary festival bringing together


fledgling authors. People offer you constructive


criticism and give you different ideas to think about and consider so


it's positive. Pow wow has managed to secure


commercial sponsorship for their third festival with Mosley's the


Prince of Wales peer garden providing the venue. We like to be


small, local, flexible and keep the character. As far as I know, we are


the only literary festival that takes place in a pub. Most authors


will tell you writing the novel is half the battle, the next hurdle is


getting published. Festivals like this give young writers the chance


to hear from those that know the business. Mosley—based novelist


Maureen Carter, the creator of the critically acclaimed DSB Morris


novel is about to publish another novel.


When you are writing, you are on your own. When you have finished it,


you have got to make sure people out there know that it exists. With


150,000 new titles every year, how is your name going to come to the


forefront? You have to go out and do turns and twirls and twinkle. Pow


wow promises a two—day workshop and guest appearances. Who knows from


Birmingham beginnings to the next Booker Prize winner?


There are collectors around the world, some willing to pay hundreds


of thousands of pounds to own the bright and beautiful designs of


Moorcroft Pottery. A fraction of them descended on Stoke—on—Trent to


join in the centenary celebrations. Retracing the steps of William mar


croft as he moved his small team of Potters to his new factory. As they


re—enacted the events of 1913, the workers were joined by workers from


across the world gathering at the Moorcroft home. Be


There's always a wonderful synergy between the decoration and the form.


I'm besotted by this stuff because it's the best of British.


Moorcroft is art pottery created by highly skilled workers and the


skills used a century ago remain largely unchanged. Each piece is


still hand—paint and this is the only pottery in the world using


these techniques. Before being painted, each piece is individually


tube lined with wet clay being applied to outline the pattern of


decoration. Because it's hand—painted, it's like


hand writing, it's never identical. I've been here 26 years. I think the


we need to keep the skills in Stoke—on—Trent. It's the skill of


its workers that's behind the company's continued success,


according to its current owners. Every piece takes hours and hours to


paint. That is the same technique that's been used here in this


company for 100 years. That, I believe, is part of its success.


As the company celebrates its centenary, it's ware is increasingly


sought after by collectors. Traditional skills hoping a 21st


century pottery enjoy continuing success.


Beautiful. If you are having your tea, have a


breather because a tiny bug never before found in the Midlands has


turned up in cow pats at Sutton park. It's not the first time


something now has appeared there and you could help the experts discover


more as part of the summer wild life event takes part in Sutton Park.


David Greggy—Kumar is there for us. How can people help —— David


Gregory—Kumar. If people come down here, they can


meet their favourite wildlife presenters, they'll meet baby


animals and will be able to take parts in the bioblitz where they try


to find as many species as possible. Last time they did that, they found


something completely new. Cattle have grazed this landscape


for hundreds of years and what they leave behind has shaped the


landscape too. Matthew, why were you poking around in cow pow? —— cow


poo? You can feigned all sorts, worms, all sorts of interesting


things living and feeding. It provides food, resource, also


food for birds, swallows and at night bats fly around as well. Now


these grubs will become dung beetles and those gathered as part of a


weekend held a bit of a surprise. On the back of the beetle they found a


tiny fat—headed lolly—pop—like structure and scraped them off and


put them under the microscope to have a look. This is what they


found. A tortoise—shell mite never recorded in the Midlands before.


This isn't the first time something new's turned up in the park. 60 or


so years ago, you wouldn't have found this. This is called a gall


and there are some healthy acorns and there's a wasp lava in there.


Now, this wasp didn't live in this country until about 60 years ago and


the first place I found it in Britain was here in Sutton Park.


This weekend, you might discover a new species if you look hard enough.


We have come inside now. There's plenty of shelter here in the summer


of wildlife event but the forecast for the next two days isn't too bad.


More details on our Facebook page. You will also find a link to other


wildlife events happening across the weekend if you can't get here.


One final piece of advice for all prospective wildlife enthuse yas, if


you are poking around in cow poo, it can be very interesting but do wash


your hands afterwards. Great advice.


I don't know about you, I got gently drenched this afternoon. Wasn't too


pleasant. Will the weather be better tomorrow?


A soggy end to the day, a soggy end to the weekend and on top of that,


we have autumn storms to contend with. There will be a brief break in


that. We have a pleasant day tomorrow with good spells of


sunshine, but then through Sunday, stronger winds to contend with and


also the return of some rain. There's plenty of rain about to end


today. Heavy pulses still to come. We could see up 2010 mm of rain


falling in places. It will eventually start to move off through


tonight to leave a dry start to our Saturday. Some cloud overnight is


helping temperatures a little so they'll stay in double figures,


possibly dropping to nine in Herefordshire. We start off Saturday


with a bit of cloud here and there. That rain moves off and the cloud


will start to break and we'll see the sun come out. It will be a


pleasant day tomorrow. The sunshine will help the temperatures. They


will manage to get into mid teens for most. Under the cloud, they'll


struggle a little. It will be a fine and dry tend to our Saturday,


something to enjoy, the calm before the storm, so to speak. It will be


clear skies overnight with light winds. Temperatures will fall away


and we are looking at them dropping down into single figures, possibly


even getting down to six in Herefordshire. Waiting in the wings,


the next weather front. It's coupled with a deep low which is causing


real substantial wind to come through on Saturday. We could see


some really strong gusts on Sunday and there will be some gale force


winds coming through as well, particularly to the north of region


and then the rain will come in, so it will feel cooler and unpleasant.


Temperatures still managing to make it to mid teens, but with the wind,


it will feel unpleasant. As we move through to the start of the new


working week, staying unsettled with more wind on the cards as well.


Diabolical. Thank you! Let us recap on the top


stories: A mother and her three children are killed in a house fire


in Leicester. The police say it's nurseder.


—— murder. Is medically


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