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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