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Welcome to BBC Points West with David Garmston and Alex Lovell.
Our main story tonight: Broken hips lead to the death
of thousands of elderly people, but now a Bristol study
shows many could be saved if the operation is done quickly.
The difference between operating on patients within 24 hours or 36 could
be life altering. Our other headlines tonight:
The Green party launches its national campaign in Bristol
with a plea for opposition parties to work together
against the Conservatives. Up close and personal -
the six candidates who want to be Metro Mayor line up
for a BBC West debate. And her memory lives on -
a charity race to reflect the life of a young rider who died
from cancer. Hundreds of lives could be saved
if people with hip fractures are operated on more quickly,
according to the biggest study Researchers at Southmead
Hospital analysed a quarter of a million patients
and found fewer died if they'd made into the operating
theatre within 24 hours. Here's our Health
Correspondent Matthew Hill. His report contains pictures
of an operation carried Doreen had just had an operation to
mend her hip after falling at home. I crawled over because I knew my
handbag was behind the chair and I could get my mobile to phone my son.
Unfortunately, it was about 14 inches away and I could not in any
weight at that back, so after about an hour and a half, I managed to get
artificial flowers and I managed to find the longest one which I hoped
around the handle and managed to get the handbag and get the phone and I
phoned my son and he was over within a quarter of an hour. She was
operated on within 36 hours of her fault. Hospitals are given a bonus
payment if they are able to get patients such as Doreen into the
operating theatre within a day and a half. This patient broker hit last
night. She is already being operated on. A study here at Southmead
suggests that if patients get their operation within 24 hours, more
lives could be saved. Southmead is the leading hospital in the country
when it comes to gathering data about how patients do after their
operations. Researchers have analysed more than a quarter of a
million of patients across the country. 8% more patients died they
were operated on between 24 and 36 hours compared to those given
surgery within 24 hours. And the risk increased to 20% for those
receiving surgery after 48 hours. There are certain patients to
benefit from greater time to get them better but before their
surgical procedure. Surgical procedures are not without risk. It
is only one part of the care we need to give them. We need to support
them with their bone health and with getting up their independence and
mobility and it is one important part of their care. I think we have
shown for the first time that early surgery in those patients we can get
better quicker is much better for them. The huge database Southmead
built-up identifies those hospitals that have higher death rates. The
latest registry shows that patients having this type of operation at
Gloucester Royal have been far more likely to die within 30 days in
recent years. For instance, in 2014, the death rate was 12.5% compared
with the national average of 7.5%. And also Western General Hospital
has been an outlier. Western trust say they realised they needed to do
better and have already introduced a number of measures to improve
outcomes. The Gloucester Royal say their latest figures are now in line
with the national average. Now politics.
The Green Party chose Bristol today to launch
The hastily arranged event came just 48 hours
after Theresa May shocked the nation, naming
And the Greens have their own radical plan
Our political editor Paul Barltrop is here.
It could have been because of the beautiful view, a lovely setting,
right beside the Clifton suspension Bridge on the edge of the gorge
there. PB Beeson was that this is in the Bristol West constituency, which
is the Greens top target for this coming general election. In 2015,
they came second to Labour. They have helped quite a few council
seats in the area. The key messages were things like the NHS, care for
the environment, doing more for young people, which they think will
do well in the constituency. Bristol West had one of the highest votes to
remain in the European Union, so they will make a big issue of
Brexit. It is so vital that we send a clear
message. We have a Government here that has listened to Ukip. Ukip said
jump and the Government have said how high. We are the antidote to
Ukip. Is that not what the Liberal Democrats are saying? It is, but
they are suggesting doing something of a deal. Look at Gloucestershire,
which is one example they have come up with. They would like those two
parties to stand aside so they can try to oust the Conservatives in
Stroud. They would then stand back and asked the Lib Dems to stand back
in Gloucester saw that Labour could put the Conservatives out there and
in jobs and, the Lib Dems will be the party of choice to get rid of
the conservative there. That is the idea and their candidate has been
talking about it since last year. This time, they have actually
listened to the leaders of the other two parties. Caroline Lucas, their
leader has been telling us a bit more.
Under this electoral system, it is very hard for people's views to be
properly represented, so people live in safe seats and their drugs do not
council we want to look at marginals and Siegfried and have discussions
with the other parties and see if they can be in agreement about
perhaps having paper candidates a we put more emphasis on one of the
other ones to beat an extreme Tory. But what Caroline Lucas did not say
there is that at Bristol West, the seat they want the most, it is held
by Labour at the moment and they are second saw this will not happen.
Certainly not in some of the key target seats like Bristol West,
absolutely. But what they say is it will just be in some places. What do
the other party thing? I do not think they will warm to the idea.
Labour certainly want to put a candidate in every constituency. The
Lib Dems would be doing that in principle, but interesting to note
that Paddy Ashdown, formal Yeovil MP said today, well done the Greens for
reaching out for sensible seat arrangements were these can be done.
Labour and Lib Dems should respond positively. Interesting to see where
this one ends up. OK, Paul. Thank you.
And of course we've got other elections before all that
and the six candidates in the running for the West
of England Metro Mayor will feature in a special debate tonight.
It's a chance for the people in the running for the new role
to take questions from the audience on issues including
housing and transport - and to outline how they'll
promote our region on a national and international stage.
80 people, six candidates, one brand new position,
This is their interview with you, the voters.
almost three quarters of a million eligible voters across Bristol,
South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.
And one of these candidates is a metro mayor in the making
and will have a new job come May the 5th.
You concerned about voter turnout? The idea that we can get more say
about our own future is very important. I am not in favour of a
soft Brexit. I am actually against Brexit absolutely. I think it will
be damaging to the regional economy. This debate putting their policies
through their paces in front of an audience of current leaders
and members of the public too. And this is the biggest opportunity
in a generation that we have to have some control back here. What I want
to see as Metro Mayor is the three local authorities working together,
but no wider than that. Whoever's elected will be in charge
of a billion pound budget. Their portfolio includes
planning and housing, Is it worth it? What is the point? I
think the really important thing is that it actually makes somebody
accountable for the investment and opportunities clearly defined in
what those powers are. I see how valuable are green and open spaces
are and I will protect them. They need protecting. For wildlife and
also for our mental well-being. But the three authorities already
have elected leaders. The successful metro mayor will need
to work alongside them too. You can't come in like a Bigfoot
because actually we are here and if you disturb those relationships it
will cause a problem. You have all come over 30 years that I have in my
business group tried to do things, failed to have ambition.
The vote for the metro mayor is the same day as local council
You can watch the whole debate after the late
So that's me with "A Mayor for the West of England" -
Still to come on tonight's Points West:
Signalling the end of the American crayfish.
Find out why they're fishing out the foreign invaders
And barring the odd spot of light rain, the rest of this week is
looking dry, but all change next week. Details at the end of the
programme. A scheme which allows former rough
sleepers to live in converted council buildings is to be
expanded in Bristol. Beds are rented out to those
who are free of drink and drug problems,
but who can't afford So far there are 19 rooms -
it's hoped that will more than double in the next year and be
rolled out to other parts So use to sleep down here by the
Royals -- Lloyds building? But his zero-hours contract made it
hard to rent a room. Christmas Eve I spent a year.
Christmas morning I woke up here. So it was a little bit depressing.
Fortunately, Clive was spotted by support workers.
It's a former community centre in Hartcliffe.
Two kitchens, plenty of toilets. There are six of those here with six
separate rooms. This old office is
now Clive's bedroom. I look back at the sleeping rough
and everything and it was a trial but it was my trial and I got
through it and I am now starting to come out the other end of it and I
have steps in place now. There is a future for me.
Mo also rents a room - he didn't want to be identified.
He's Somali and moved here from London.
And ended up sleeping rough after losing his job.
When I have somewhere nice to sleep, I can sort myself out. You seem
happy. I feel very happy. The stay on average
is four and a half months. This provides a stopgap survey can
save up some money. The bread is affordable for a short period and we
want them to be looking actively for the work and the idea is that they
find themselves and this is just a stepping stone.
So six former rough sleepers living in an old communtiy centre.
When they first said it was going to be a homeless shelter, we thought we
were going to have the worst. Which upset everybody. But they have
proven is all wrong. They are tidy and polite. They genuinely are nice
people. It is safer all round. There are people there and the building is
not getting smashed up or destroyed. The charity behind the scheme wants
to convert more buildings. Saying there's a growing
need for more beds. Aimed at those who have simply been
priced out of Bristol's private A look at the rest of the day's news
here in the West and the mainline track was shut for more than an hour
near Bath today, to fix a problem which has caused disruption
for the last two days. A fault with the points
near Oldfield Park meant staff It's led to some
diversions and delays. Fewer trains were already running
because of work to prepare the station for a new fleet
of inter city trains. I am happy to say services this
afternoon have been restored to normal after some emergency
engineering work by Network Rail. Clearly, when you have a reduced
service, a reduced train service then having any other faults on that
line can have a knock-on effect on our passengers. But that issue has
now been resolved and we had services running as normal. The
ongoing work at the station is on time and said to finish on Sunday,
so by Monday morning's rush hour, Bath spa should be back to hope so.
A protest against a new McDonald's restaurant in Bristol was held
The fast-food chain is appealing a decision
by the council to refuse planning permission for a new
McDonald's say it'll lead to new investment in the area
Those against say it'll increase congestion and levels of obesity.
Bath's Conservative MP Ben Howlett won't face any charges
after an allegation of sexual assault was made
Mr Howlett wasn't arrested at the time,
but went to a police station voluntarily to speak to officers
In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service has said no
charges were brought because there wasn't
Mr Howlett has always "strenuously denied any wrongdoing".
Tickets sold out in just 45 minutes to hear the US
Senator Bernie Sanders speak at the Festival of Ideas
The politician and activist campaigned to become
the Democratic candidate to run for the White House,
His talk at St George's is expected to give an insight into his election
campaign and his hopes for the future of
A group of volunteers in Somerset have been pulling on their wellies
and wading into the water, in a bid to rid our rivers
The American Signal Crayfish is killing off our native crayfish
Sally Challoner has been to see the project on Exmoor.
An army of volunteers and experts descend
Their mission isn't easy - to track down, and remove
or sterilise the invasive American crayfish.
Nicky Green is running the project; she's in the middle of a phd to see
if this method can bring some kind of balance back to the ecosystem.
They've laid traps along a stretch of the river; today
she and the volunteers are checking them.
Quite a young one, probably no more than a year old, this one. It is a
male, you can tell by the parts which are under year. And this is a
male. are an invasive species -
introduced in the 70's as a potential diversification
for farmers, but they spread, killing our native white-clawed
crayfish, damaging river banks, If they are left unchecked, they
will basically destroy the ecosystem. They will wipe out all of
the invertebrate life, plant life, fish, all sorts of stuff. There are
many examples of what courses in the south-east of England where
literally the only wildlife in the river is crayfish.
Part of the funding comes from the Environment Agency.
They're interested to see if this method can be
We're returning the big breeding males, having sterilise them, so
that they basically think that they are mating with females, but it is
not working and so you have fewer eggs hatching out the following
spring, which is what we are starting check now. So far, from two
years trapping, we have got about 6500 crayfish and that is on just
over a kilometre of river and what we have found that the catch rates
of the two years have gone down by 30%.
Nicky hopes the work will continue, even
If you are an American visiting our area, you are very welcome. It is
just your wildlife. Chris Packham has been cleared
of charges of assault in Malta. The BBC Springwatch
presenter is on the island filming a documentary
on illegal bird trapping. He says he and his production team
were shoved after they called police to report finding protected birds
inside a cage. He appeared in court this morning
in a borrowed suit and says the magistrate had his "head
in his hands" as he A race has taken place -
in memory of a Somerset rider Hannah Francis was only 18
when she passed away in the summer. She set up a charity named
after her toy mascot, Our Gloucestershire reporter,
Steve Knibbs, is at Cheltenham Let's join him. Hi, Steve. We will
not reveal the winner of the race. We will meet him in a moment, but
just to say it has been an emotional day for many people. The money
raised today will be used for more research into bone cancer and also
to provide specialist equine experiences for those still with
cancer and it is because of Hannah's incredible vision for what you
wanted her legacy to be. Hannah Francis pushed
herself to the limit and despite often being in great
pain through her cancer - This was at an international event
in Ireland last June. But like her charity,
her driving force was thinking Cancer is evil. I wouldn't wish it
on anyone. The pain, the suffering. Not just for you but I feel more so
for mum and dad then I feel for myself, what they are going to have
to live the rest of their lives with, what they have had to live
with and go through, than me. It is just not fair. It is not fair on
anyone. One of those taking
to the saddle today is eventer Ben Hobday,
who has a personal reasons to take part,
a friend of Hannah who was diagnosed with cancer at the same
time as she was. I think she would be really proud,
very excited. She came to badminton and she came to our yard as well. A
very driven young lady with a very wise head on her shoulders. I think
she would be very proud of what the whole team have done here.
in 1981 following intensive treatment for cancer himself.
People have come out in force. I think there was about 600 members of
the public applied to write in the race and thankfully I did not have
to choose any of them because then I could not upset anybody.
the likes of Sir Mark todd, Alice Fox-Pitt and olympic medallist
With over ?100,000 expected to be raised
Well, we will bring you the last few seconds of the race and we will meet
the winning jockey. It was a tough race. The pack stayed together for
most of it and there was a member of the Qatar royal family hoping to get
the lead and the win but eventually the winning jockey was then more
aboard David pipes, three star general. Then it is with us now. You
are a flight instructor in the army and used to work for the stables as
well. This is your first win at Cheltenham, I take it. Yes, first
win. Second is the best I have come before, so it is great to get the
win. How does it feel to win? I know you're in it for a personal reason.
My daughter Grace has leukaemia and that is the main reason that I
decided to apply for the charity raise and it was more sweet that I
got the winner as well. So yeah, really pleased. What advice did
David give you? He said to jump off handy and see how we go, really. I
knew there would be strong pace from the start. And thence we just waited
a little bit and picked up nicely. You said earlier that Gracie is
doing well. You have also had cancer yourself twice in the past and will
know how important it charity like Hannah's is. Yes, it is definitely
close to my heart in that I have also had sarcoma in my thigh which
we occurred and it has been fabulous to be part of this day and have
raised so much money for the charities. Congratulations. Enjoy
the rest of the day. As celebrations later. That is Ben Moore, the winner
of this race and we think that the charities should benefit well over
?100,000. Fantastic effort. That is fantastic. What moving stories from
everyone. Cancer is such a terrible thing. And wasn't Hannah a beautiful
person? Yes. We had better move on. Ian is upstairs with the weather.
Ian. Hello. We will take you through the
forecast for tomorrow. We continue the run of effectively dry weather.
Much like today, once we have lost the weak front with the rain
associated, there will be some showers but a good deal of dry
weather and tomorrow brings a broadly similar sort of day in many
respects. A fair amount of cloud with some pockets of bright weather
during the afternoon. We are injecting a warmer air mass across
as as we run through into tomorrow, so inherently it will be a warm day
and if the sun does break through and I am sure it will for some of
you to the afternoon, it will do pleasant in those conditions, not
least as the wind will be liked. Through the rest of this evening, we
have had some of these lingering showers running southwards. They
will fade away. Then dry during the night. The risk of frost tonight
will be reduced. In the south of our viewing area, you may have clear in
our skies for it to get relatively cheaply, even here it is minimal
risk of frost. For the vast majority, temperatures will settle
into 6-9dC as we had through towards daybreak tomorrow. For the most
part, there will be cloud around to get things under way tomorrow. As
the day wears on, some of that will show signs of becoming more fragile
with breaks appearing. Maybe the odd light shower particularly towards
the south, but they will be the exception. Most areas dry. The light
winds will enhance the mild feel. Even under the cloud, we should get
14-15dC. If the sun breaks through, that will be lifted to possibly even
17 Celsius. As we continue on into the weekend, it is looking broadly
dry through both days. On Saturday, we have that weak cold front running
southwards. Colder air behind that. It will be a cooler day on Saturday,
but not a market cold one. But if I take you fast forward through the
rest of this week, I would not take too literally the cloud amounts.
There will be brighter spells. The critical thing is into the start of
next week, there will be a much more profoundly cold plunge of error from
the Arctic taking shape through Monday. By Tuesday, we will have
some showers. That'll the first rain we have seen in some time. Thank
you. That sounds really harsh. The overnight temperatures really are
cold, especially for fruit growers. It is a bit of a worry. Yes, always
a concern for fruit growers. I will see you on the telly later. Bye for