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Welcome to BBC Points West with Liz Beacon and David Garmston.
The 20-minute op changing men's lives.
The treatment to cure a common prostate condition
is being pioneered in the West and gives instant pain relief.
I've had the left, I'm fixed, I'm not getting up in the night. It's a
complete transformation and I'm really happy.
We'll find out how it works and where it's on offer.
The candidate denied a job interview when he revealed
The end of a nightmare for soldiers with stress.
A new therapy to turn flashbacks into peaceful dreams.
And we're revving up with the school students
who are taking their own Formula One car to Silverstone.
An exciting new treatment's being offered at Southmead Hospital
in Bristol which could make a massive difference to men's lives.
It's called the UroLift and it's being used to help with
a prostate condition called BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
For those who've got it, it feels anything but benign.
For something that's only the size of a walnut,
It does grow throughout your life, but rarely causes any
But once you hit 50 it can start to get bigger
and around third of men begin to experience discomfort.
The prostate begins to restrict the tube which carries
It's a bit like when you get a twist in the garden hose.
It can mean having to get up several times in the night and a feeling
Certainly an embarrassing problem, but one which Chris,
a gardener from North Somerset, was willing to share with our health
When I first had the problem, I noticed it seven or eight years ago,
I couldn't pay at all and when the doctor asked if I was in pain, I
said it was more like discomfort. He said it sounded like you was in
agony. Chris Monkton was shocked to
discover he was suffering from BHP. It's a condition which causes
the prostate to grow Until now, the only solution has
been to take medication. If that doesn't work, then
you could be facing major surgery. But now Chris has been
offered another option. A project at Southmead Hospital
is offering a new treatment And the best thing about it is that
it's not particularly invasive It's a bit like pulling
apart a pair of curtains. Permanent implants are put in place
to hold the excess tissue away, That's the tube that carries
urine from the bladder. There's no need for a general
anaesthetic or an overnight stay. It will reduce those symptoms of
difficulty being, slow flow, having 2p frequently to empty them later
because one person doesn't do it all.
Until recently this operation has only been available privately,
but recently twelve patients have received it at Southmead Hospital
as part of an evaluation trial and it very much depends
on where you live as to whether you may get it.
In Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire a 10-patient
In Somerset there are early discussions to start a trial at
There are no plans for the procedure at Bath's Royal United
a 10-patient trial was completed at Salisbury Hospital on 24th March
and it should be routinely available from April.
Chris Monkton has spoken out about his condition as he wants
more men to be offered this life-changing surgery.
Now I've had the UroLift, I'm fixed, I no longer have to carry catheters
around, I'm not getting up in the night, it takes complete
transformation and I'm happy. But with the NHS under
huge financial pressure, it may take a long time for that
to become a reality. And we're joined by
the consultant who you saw It sounds almost too good to be
true. That's the instantaneous response I had, but it's an
operation that does not involve cutting through an organ which is
rich in blood vessels and that's the main advantage, especially for the
elderly who commonly have this ailment. There is no bleeding, no
need to stay in hospital for two or three days, it's done under
anaesthetic and it works. So are the days of men taking pills to reduce
the size of it and getting up three or four times in the night over? I
don't think there are over but we always start with Pelz, but they can
have side attacks. For younger men it may affect sexual function and in
this procedure we stay away from the vessel important for sexual
function. Will Davila solve the available for everyone eventually?
It's gone through all the scrutiny and regulatory approval so I think
we will see it spreading throughout the country. There are already
centres doing it regularly and we are doing it at Southmead. The old
operation will still be necessary for certain types of prostate, the
large ones or ones with funny configurations but I think this is a
very good procedure that will help men get over things quickly and get
back to life without having troublesome affects. Is it expensive
for the NHS? It's a much cheaper procedure both in terms of the time
in theatre, occupancy of beds and the equipment, so we reckon it saves
about ?1000 per procedure, so if you have an equivalent operation that
saves money, there is another advantage. I guess many men over 50
get the symptoms but it may not always be the ninth so it's sensible
to get it checked out anyway. It's sensible to go through the right
pathway and rule out other conditions and the one people are
most worried about is prostate cancer. There is ten times the ratio
of men who have the pH than cancer but it is worth having that checked
out. It sounds like a worthwhile operation. Thank you.
Well, it's lovely to have your company this Thursday evening.
It's David and Liz with tonight's Points West.
We meet the puppet master from Somerset getting offers
And today was the warmest day of the year so far. It will be a fresher
and cooler story tomorrow. Details towards the end of the programme.
The actions of an employment agency in the West have been described
James Heappey, the MP for Wells, has taken on the case of a computer
programmer whose offer of a job interview was withdrawn
when he told them he was blind and used a guide dog.
The agency are refusing to reveal the name of the company involved,
but that hasn't stopped the matter being referred to the government's
Ian Brooks, from Glastonbury, meeting with his MP today.
Mr Brooks was approached about a computer programming job
by an employment agency called Vector Resourcing
But after finding out he was blind Mr Brooks got a call back to say
the company no longer wished to interview him.
For someone to want me and then turn me away
because of my disability, it's one of
The company said they were unable to accommodate Mr Brooks' guide dog
but discriminating against a blind person for having a guide
Vector Resourcing, who are based in offices here on the outskirts
of Malmesbury, have so far refused to tell Mr Brooks the name
Not knowing the company's name means it's impossible for him
I've also contacted Vector Resourcing on Mr Brooks'
behalf but they've refused to speak to me too.
It cannot be the case that equalities legislation can be
defeated so easily as a third party recruitment agency hiding behind
data protection or whatever else they are hiding behind for not
revealing the name of a company who have clearly breached
The Royal National Institute of Blind People has agreed to pay
They're also keen to remind employers that any extra costs
incurred making their workplace accessible to those
with disabilities can be claimed back from the government.
If I had my choice and lived my life again I wouldn't have a disability.
I always wanted to serve my country but I've never been able
to so I chose computers as my line and it's something I can do.
Mr Brooks hopes by making a stand he'll make employers think twice
about turning people away because of their disabilities.
And we'll let you know what action the Equalities
Parents of students from across Bristol are meeting
tonight to fight Government plans to change the way
A consultation on a new spending formula ended last week -
with some gaining and others losing out.
Overall, Bristol schools will get slightly less money.
Martin Jones is at the meeting for us tonight.
These are mostly parents from Fairfield High School,
This is the amount of money they are concerned that each school could
lose and some of the cuts they fear could be coming. The meeting is just
getting under way and plenty of people there. And they are also
concerned about some of the cuts already taking place in the West.
Schools across the West say they're under pressure.
The government is introducing a new system of funding -
So while this class learns about Dickens -
the head teacher is getting ready for financial Hard Times.
Over 20,000 secondary school students will lose as a result
When you consider that as a school we sit in
one of the lowest funded counties, to be losing 2.5% takes the meaning
out of the term fair when associated with fairer funding formula.
But the new formula is only part of the problem.
Even schools which gain under the new proposal are worried
because rising costs will be more than the increased funding.
We've cut back on our support staff and maintenance is cut to the bare
minimum for safeguarding and health and safety,
The most painful cut is a reduction in teaching time at A Level.
The government insists it is listening.
Schools minister Nick Gibb recently visited Swindon,
saying they're protecting funding while tackling the deficit.
We have protected school funding in real terms.
We're spending ?40 billion on school funding, the highest ever amount
we've ever spent in this country on our school system
As pupil numbers increase, so will that funding increase.
But for many there's still too little money in the system.
Unions and even the Commons Public Accounts Committee say major
That's something Simon and Terry know all about,
recently made redundant from their jobs in drama and PE.
Nobody's ever in a job for life but it felt after 30 years
of loyalty to one establishment, it was very difficult
Cuts to subjects are already happening elsewhere too.
Seven out of ten South West schools who replied to a survey
from a teachers' association said they were reducing their curriculum.
Design, German, Drama and Music were the most common GCSEs to go.
Schools try to protect core subjects like English and Maths.
The problem is, many now say they can't make
What's interesting about a meeting like this is the same groups of
parents across Bristol getting organised. There are two other
meetings in the next wake of parents concerned about the effect of
spending cuts on their skills and the organisers hope this will become
a bigger movement. There's so much to discuss about education that the
Sunday Politics are doing a special feature on this weekend. You can see
that on Sunday at 11 a.m.. One of Swindon's main roads
was closed today after a gas leak The Great Western Way was shut
for more than an hour after contractors cut through a gas
pipe on the estate this morning. Firecrews were called and a nearby
factory had to be evacuated while the work was carried out
to fix it. People with breathing
problems in the Freshbrook, Toothill and Grange Park areas
were told to stay indoors Wiltshire-based armoured vehicles
are leaving the UK today as part of a big military
deployment to Estonia. Earlier this month more than 100
soldiers from the 5th Battalion, The Rifles, based at Bulford Camp
arrived to bolster Nato Defences. The Nato operation is to reassure
eastern European members in case Imagine, almost every night,
having the same recurring nightmare about a traumatic event that you've
witnessed and always It's a common symptom of PTSD
in military veterans. Well, now a Cheltenham therapist
is getting positive results by actually changing the nightmare,
allowing veterans at last Here's our Gloucestershire
reporter, Steve Knibbs. It's not his real name but Peter
was woken up almost every night by a recurring nightmare reliving
the moment he saw his friend Right at the end there's a clang
like a gong, a bell. It was a large propeller
and I mean large. In his own words he said the lack
of sleep turned him into an ogre. Irritable to everyone,
including children and grandchildren, wife,
next-door neighbour, It's often a difficult cycle to get
out of but Justin Havens has been researching a technique called
Planned Dream Intervention - effectively teaching the brain
to change the nightmare. Resetting their sleep cycle,
if you like, and you do it by creating something
for your dream, something to allow The reason people are waking up
is because the dream is not continuing, normally because there's
something horrific happening. Justin's three-year research
involved over 100 UK veterans suffering with PTSD and over half
saw improvement One solider dreamt every night
that he was being chased and woke up when he was jumped on and dragged
to the ground. He would often fight
his wife in bed. But he changed the scene to a rugby
match where where he was running with the ball, then tackled
to the ground but went over the line to score a try with opponents
still hanging on to him So we're priming the dream process,
giving it a shot in the arm, We're not doing anything magical
or mysterious, just helping Magical and mysterious it may
not be, but for Peter changing his nightmares changed him
for the better. It turned the gong sound
from being a horrible expression, the death knell, to a dinner gong
or cathedral bells I'm not feeling guilty anymore,
I'm not feeling unpleasant. Justin's now writing up his research
and plans to share it not just with military charities but also
others who help those Last November we revealed
the pressure that some agency drivers were under,
delivering parcels for Amazon. The investigation, which was carried
out by Inside Out West, revealed illegally long hours and pay well
under the minimum wage. Well, since then more than 50
drivers from all over the country have got
in touch saying they'd had similar experiences.
Seb Choudhury reports. Six months ago Inside Out West went
undercover at We gathered disturbing evidence that
some agency drivers for the biggest online retailer in the world
were being exploited. We had one guy that he hadn't
had a single day off for three months solid,
so that was constant seven days a week for three months
driving on the roads. After the programme
we were inundated with messages from all over the country
from people who had worked as Amazon I was always running late
because there were too many stops and had to break traffic rules
and other stuff that The only way to knock time off
is to break the law by speeding. Amazon don't care about the drivers
and give impossible deadlines and as for asking for a day
off, forget it. How was the response
when the programme went out? The contact I got from drivers
was amazing, to be honest. The words they were saying to me,
they kept thanking me for standing It was quite emotional
as well, to be honest. And you can see the full
story on Inside Out West tomorrow night at 7:30pm -
they've moved from their usual And we should add that the original
investigation recently gained the team a Royal Television Society
award. Katy Perry has been unveiled as one
of the acts who will play this Part of the line-up was announced
today and the singer took to social media to say she was looking forward
to tea and crumpets Music lovers have been divided
with some saying the line-up is the best in years and others
saying the festival has moved Enjoying the weather and tea and
crumpets? She doesn't know what she's let herself in for. I'm
looking forward to going. Are you going?
I haven't decided. Students from Gloucester
are at Silverstone this evening, trying to win
a national racing competition. A team from The Crypt School has
made a mini Formula One car, which has been tested against others
from across the country. But this competition
isn't just about speed. A year's worth of work
sits on the start line. And Nathan is in
charge of the button. Anxious faces as the students from
Gloucester wait for their little car to travel 20 metres in just over a
second. That's twice as fast as Usain Bolt.
It's nerve-racking, we've all put in loads
of sleepless nights on this, we've worried so much,
we were up until 3am the other night just finishing everything off
and making sure we were happy with it, so we've all
If this all goes awfully, there will be some tears probably
This is a journey which started with this, a hard foam block.
Cars flying down a track, metres away from one of the most
This is Formula One racing - just smaller.
Those blocks have been made into cars by 30 teams who have come
Now they're going against each other to finish
But this competition isn't just about speed but design,
the sponsorship the team has managed to get and how it presents itself.
The F1 teams are very close by so we had four teams coming
to have a look around, meet the students and present some
It's an opportunity for them to take a look at what we're developing
as an organisation so they can support it in a bigger way
to attract more students and make the pool much bigger
Unfortunately, the team from Gloucester didn't make the podium.
Disappointing but we all put in a lot of hard work, a lot of sleepless
nights. Could have gone better but waiting for the scorecards,
hopefully better than last year. It's now hoped that the skills they
learned from making this could one day be used to make something more
like this. I thought that would have a happy
ending! Such passion. That's life, guys,
live to fight another day. An animator turned
puppeteer has won ?50,000 Barnaby Dixon has created his
own puppets and films He's already getting interest
from international programme makers. So I finally finished the puppet
or close enough to it. This is called Manu,
the unique creation by Barnaby Dixon With the dancing Manu,
Barnaby went on to win the Germany I won ?50,000, which is a lot
of money but that will go towards equipment, towards lawyers'
fees in terms of Barnaby studied animation
but decided to build puppets around his hands
so that he could make To do that motion, that's
a day's work in stop motion which is insane,
whereas this, it happens as quickly as you can perform
it, so fairly cheap. So far he's relied on crowdfunding
to support his work. It's meant he can spend hours
creating characters like Dinosaur. When you're in control
of every aspect of creation, you are the authority
and its very freeing. Along with the character
Dabchick, Barnaby has made The good news is, we're
doing an Easter egg hunt, With offers from the US
to make a TV series, If you're good enough
at anything and you like it and other people like it,
you can make a living doing anything, if you find
a way to make it viable, Isn't that clever? I have a feeling
we will hear a lot more from him. There were rumours of highs of 18
today. Did they come through? They did, 19 Celsius, not as high as we
saw towards the south-east of England but the warmest day of the
year so far. Tomorrow will be characterised by fresher and cooler
weather, but would you have any sunshine it will still feel
comparatively warm and there will be some rain, some of that showery to
the first part of the day and as we get later on to wards the evening
and through the evening, but most of you will enjoy a lengthy spell of
dry and bright weather. We have some light showers running in from the
South West associated with a high level cloud and in the early as a
week-old front from the South West will set up tomorrow morning with
some light rain but there was a fair stretch of the day were it looks the
opposite in terms of a balance towards a lot of dry weather. At the
moment, although your reader apps might show a lot of showers around,
not all of that is reaching the ground but the second half of the
night will usher in a greater threat showery rain. Temperatures around
tonight after ten or 12, a breezy story tomorrow and then once we
clear that first phase of showery rain, the rest of the day for the
majority will be bright, varying amounts of cloud and sunny spells,
occasional showers but many areas on a stretch of dry conditions which
will last into the evening and then we will bring in the renewed threat
of further rain in the evening and overnight into Saturday.
Temperatures tomorrow at the town on today, then Saturday will be a
classic day of sun and showers, some of those showers will be heavy,
possibly some thunder and hail, but towards the West a ridge of high
pressure builds so we will have a weekend off to have speakers Sunday
is looking settled, dry and fine. I don't think I got 18 degrees today.
I had my own personal cloud! That's it from us. I'm back at 10pm with an
app base but otherwise see you tomorrow. Thank you
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