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A new children's hospital could be built next to the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital in Birmingham, creating one of the biggest medical
It would cost ?430 million, replacing facilities, which in
Here's our health correspondent Michele Paduano.
Archie is six months old and has never left hospital.
The Children's Hospital is a world centre of excellence
for heart conditions like his and he needed an operation.
But when he was born at the Women's Hospital,
Alfie was moved and Emma didn't see him before
It was awful because I couldn't stop crying at the Women's.
I didn't get to see him and it was really scary as well, the
Moving sick, young children is far from ideal.
Now the radical decision by both trusts is to merge by 2017 and
create a brand new joint hospital by 2022 at a cost of ?430 million.
Absolutely both boards are committed to doing whatever they
In order to make the hospital happen, we need to come together
Clearly that has to have happened by the time the hospital opens
This building is famous. It is 122 years old but it is not right for
modern medicine. By selling it, they can raise some of the money
Elsie May Goody was born at 24 weeks on the edge of survival.
Now 33 weeks old, she weighs just 3lbs 5oz.
Twice she has had to be sent to the children's hospital
It will be better because then she won't
have to go to and from Children's for surgery. It is easier for her.
The new women's hospital will be built here.
It's not known if this site belonging to the university could
But a merger offers many cost savings and tough
Especially for small babies and for girls reaching adolescence,
There is a lot we have already got in common and the relationships
between the different communities are already quite strong.
But the biggest winners will be the babies and children.
The former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham has been
Northfield Manor House had been listed as a Grade A historic
building and was about to be sold to a property developer.
But now its long term future is in doubt.
Going up in flames, part of Birmingham's heritage.
Northfield Manor was once the grand home of the Cadbury family.
This morning it was little more than a smouldering shell.
From above, the damage is even clearer.
The fire destroying almost all of the house.
It was the second time in 24 hours that West Midlands Fire Service had
We have to retain the building as much as possible.
We know children were using the site and were chased off at some point.
Putting the jigsaw together, we going along the lines
of arson but an investigation is underway.
For members of the Cadbury family, who used to live at Northfield
Manor, shock at the fire and concern for the local community.
The sad thing about somebody making such a crime is that, it permeates
into the lives of so many other people who have strong memories,
very happy memories and it is a direct attack on their memory and
Since 1953 it's been owned by the University of Birmingham
and used as halls of residence, but in 2007 it was boarded up.
The question now is simply, has Northfield Manor been too badly
Farmers across the region are making the most of recent dry weather
But some are concerned that because many chemical sprays have
been banned or restricted under EU law, their yields could be lower
than expected and claim their crops have been more prone to disease.
It means that despite the recent weeks of sunshine, they
probably won't be recording the bumper crop they were hoping for.
It was a mild winter so lots of the disease didn't get killed.
It was a wet winter and wet spring which may have had
A former parent`governor of Golden Hillock School in Birmingham,
which was one of the schools at the centre of the so called Trojan Horse
plot, says he'll continue to work to support his children's school.
A report into the alleged plot by Muslim extremists found there was
evidence of an aggressive Islamist ethos in some of the schools.
Mohammed Ashraf was taking part in a debate
about the political fallout from the row, which resulted in five schools
Our reporter Lindsay Doyle is at the Drum in Birmingham for us tonight
So Lindsay how did this debate come about?
It is the result of a debating society that follows on from a
famous debating society that used to exist at being `` Birmingham is a
site `` Birmingham University. It looks that people affected in
Birmingham. Tonight it was the subject of the Trojan Horse plots.
People were given the chance to express their views on what they
have thought of this story developing of the last four months.
He said he was impressed by the knowledge of the reports carried out
and says although he is no longer a governor, he intends to continue
fighting to improve children's education. We need to give our
children better. We're not going to go away. We have to make sure we
give our children every opportunity, every single parent and every
community a chance. We have to do that. That is a priority. This was a
chance for local people to give their opinions and views stop there
was no official representatives here from the council or from Ofsted. The
chance of people to say how they feel about the way things have been.
There was more medal success for our athletes at the
Commonwealth Games today, with one silver and two bronze.
The silver was won by 20`year`old Jazmin Sawyers from Stoke
Her final jump was just two centimetres short of
But there was disappointment for Shara Proctor in the same event.
Despite leading the rankings going into the final, the 25`year`old,
who trains with the Birchfield Harriers, pulled up injured in her
The Bronze medals came from the England team in the Para lawn bowls.
Birmingham's Bob Love showed great skill bowling with his feet and
Paul Brown, from Ross`On`Wye Bowling Club, helped England beat
Scotland in the bronze medal match with his last bowl of the contest.
We'll be back at Breakfast from just before 6.30 tomorrow morning.
I'll leave you with the weather from Rebecca.
It has been a day of sunshine and showers and as we had to the next
few days, we continue with that theme. We have more rain in the
forecast. There would be some sunny spells at times. Our temperatures
are going to be down on where they have been recently. Overnight
tonight, we have some clear skies developing. It is a dry end to the
day and dry as we head into tomorrow. Trumpeters will drop away.
Towns and cities, we are staying between 13 and 15 Celsius. Tomorrow
begins nicely in the south and east of the region. Across the north and
west, we have showers. It will become more persistent. Temperatures
are going to struggle. For the south and east, it is a little better.
There is more on the way in the National forecast next.
Rain for Saturday. Now to John who will take you through the national
forecast across the UK. Hello there. You may have to find
ways of occupying the children. A lot of rain for some, not so much
for others. That was the way in July but overall whelmingly warm. Not as
warm as last year but it continues the run of months with higher than
average temperatures. The eighth now in a row. On to August, a few
showers around. That is across the north and the west. Lots of dry
weather between. A mild night at dawn, the temperatures about the
mid-teens. You may wake up to sunshine but the general trend
through the day is for things to deteriorate across the northern and
western parts of England and Wales where the showers will begin to