20/04/2017 Points West


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thank you. That's it from us. They will be

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Our headlines tonight: night on

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Hundreds of lives could be saved with quicker access

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And how do you stop this invasive creature taking over our rivers?

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And we continue this run of dry or largely dry river is right through

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the week. Details at the end of the programme.

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Hundreds of lives could be saved if people with hip fractures

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are operated on more quickly, according to the biggest study

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Researchers at Southmead Hospital analysed 250,000 patients and found

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fewer died if they'd made it into the operating

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Here's our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill.

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Doreen has just had an operation to mend her hip

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I couldn't get up, so I then crawled over, because I knew my handbag

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was behind the chair and I could get my

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Unfortunately, it was about 14 inches away.

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I could not, in any way, touch that bag.

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So after about an hour and a half, I managed to get artificial flowers.

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I managed to find the longest one, which I hooked round the handle

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and managed to get the handbag and get the phone.

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I phoned my son and he was over within quarter an hour.

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She was operated within 36 hours her fall.

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She was operated within 36 hours of her fall.

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Hospitals are given a bonus payment if they are able to get patients

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such as Doreen into the operating theatre within a day and a half.

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This patient broke her hip last night, yet she is

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A study here at Southmead suggests that if patients

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get their operation within 24 hours, more lives could be saved.

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Southmead is the leading hospital in the country when it comes

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to gathering data about how patients do after their operations.

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Researchers have analysed more than a quarter of a million

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8% more patients died if they were operated on between 24

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and 36 hours compared to those given surgery within 24 hours,

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and the risk increased to 20% for those receiving surgery

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There are certain patients who benefit from greater

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time to get them better, before their surgical procedures.

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Surgical procedures are not without risk.

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They are only one part of the care we need to give them.

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We need to support them with their falls health,

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bone health, getting up their independence and mobility.

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It is one important part of their care.

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I think we have shown for the first time that early surgery in those

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patients we can get better quicker, is much better for them.

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The huge data base that Southmead has built up helps identify

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those hospitals that have higher death rates.

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The latest registry shows that patients having a hip fracture

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operation at the Gloucester Royal have been far more likely

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For example, in 2014 the death rate was 12.5% compared

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Weston General Hospital is also identified as an outlier.

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Weston Trust say they realised they needed to do better and have

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already introduced a number of measures to improve outcomes.

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Gloucestershire Royal say their latest figures are now

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The Green Party chose Bristol to launch their General

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The hastily arranged event came just 48 hours

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after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, named

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And the Greens have their own radical plan

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Here's our political editor Paul Barltrop.

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Surely the most spectacular setting for a campaign launch...

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Bristol West is the Green's top target.

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At the 2015 general election they came second behind Labour,

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so today they've brought both their party leaders

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They'll be back plenty of times before June the 8th.

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They've already got councillors in a city where being

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Also popular in a constituency which voted overwhelmingly

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to remain in the EU is their opposition to Brexit.

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It's so vital that we send a clear message.

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We've got a government who've listened so much to Ukip.

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Ukip have said jump, and they've said "how high?"

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They're not the only party saying that.

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In fact, they're now offering an electoral deal with Labour

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For example, in Gloucestershire they'd co-operate to take

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In Stroud, the Greens reckon they could win

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Labour would be given a clear run at the Tories in Gloucester.

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And the Lib Dems would have less competition in trying

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So many people live in so-called safe seats where their votes don't

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count, so we want to look at marginals, see if we can have

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some discussions with other parties, and see if there can be an agreement

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around perhaps having paper candidates from some parties.

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So we would put more emphasis on one of the other ones

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Labour dismiss any idea of backroom deals, and will aim to stand

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And officially, the Liberal Democrats are cool to the idea.

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But their former leader adopts a different tone.

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Paddy Ashdown today put out a statement saying: "Well done

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the Greens for reaching out for sensible seat arrangements...

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Labour and the Lib Dems should respond positively."

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We'll know whether the Greens have got anywhere when candidates

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Paul Barltrop, BBC Points West, Bristol.

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Bath's Conservative MP Ben Howlett won't face any charges

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after an allegation of sexual assault was made

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Mr Howlett wasn't arrested at the time, but went to a police

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In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service says there isn't

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Mr Howlett has always "strenuously denied any wrongdoing".

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Tickets to hear the US Senator Bernie Sanders speak

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at the Festival of Ideas, in Bristol this June, sold out

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The politician and activist campaigned to become

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the Democratic candidate to run for the White House,

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His talk at St George's is expected to give an insight into his election

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campaign and his hopes for the future of the United States.

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A group of volunteers in Somerset has been pulling on their wellies

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and wading into the water, in a bid to rid our rivers

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The American Signal Crayfish is killing off our native variety

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Sally Challoner has been to see the project on Exmoor.

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An army of volunteers and experts descend

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Their mission isn't easy - to track down, and remove

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or sterilise the invasive American crayfish.

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Nicky Green is running the project - she's in the middle of a PhD to see

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if this method can bring some kind of balance back to the ecosystem.

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They've laid traps along a stretch of the river.

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Today she and the volunteers are checking them.

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Quite a young one, probably no more than a year old, this one.

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It's a male, you can tell by the things we call pleopods,

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Signal crayfish are an invasive species, introduced

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in the 70s as a potential diversification for farmers.

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But they spread, killing our native white-clawed crayfish,

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damaging river banks, eating food that fish rely on.

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If they are left unchecked, they will basically

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They will, you know, wipe out all the invertebrate

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life, plant life, fish, and all sorts of stuff.

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There are many examples of water courses in the south-east of England

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where literally the only wildlife in the river is crayfish.

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Part of the funding for this trial comes from the Environment Agency.

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They're interested to see if this method can be

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We are returning the big breeding males, having sterilised them,

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so that they basically think they are mating with females,

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So you have fewer eggs hatching out the following spring,

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which is what we are starting to check now.

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So far, from two years trapping, we have caught about 6500 crayfish.

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That's on just over a kilometre of river.

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What we have found is that the catch rates over the two years

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By training volunteers, Nicky hopes the work will continue,

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even after the funding ends this year.

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Sally Challoner, BBC Points West, on Exmoor.

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Chris Packham has been cleared of charges of assault in Malta. The BBC

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Spring watch presenter is on the island filming a documentary on

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illegal bird trapping. He says he and his production team were shoved

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and that they were the party who are abused in the situation.

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Before we get the forecast with Ian and the national weather,

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It's your chance to see 'A Mayor for the West of England',

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a special debate that answers all your questions

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about the upcoming Metro Mayor elections in May.

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That's all coming up in a few minutes time,

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but first I'll say goodnight and leave you with Ian.

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Good evening. We have a pulse of somewhat warmer air coming across us

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tomorrow. Inherently it will be a fairly warm day. A lot of cloud

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around, I suspect we will see some brighter spells developing in places

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through the afternoon. Once again, it will be effectively a dry picture

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with just the chance of one or two light showers perhaps in the south

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as we go further on through the day. We have been losing some light

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showers through the course of this evening, tonight 's temperatures

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will be comparatively mild. Compared to some recent nights, ever be

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around seven or 9 degrees. As we head into tomorrow morning, it's

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looking like a dry start. A bit of brightness around but generally a

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lot of cloud. Through the afternoon, some of that cloud breaking up with

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pockets of brighter or even sunny weather. Equally the chance of one

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or two light showers. I would emphasise, most places will be

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staying dry. The light, it will feel rather warm, getting up to about 14

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or 16 degrees. If the sun breaks we will easily achieved 16 degrees in

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some spots. Reversing the trend into Saturday, somewhat cooler air from

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the north. It's looking overwhelmingly a dry picture, into

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the weekend. Turning week for much of the UK and for more

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority

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of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.

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We have this week whether forgiving showers in the south. This weather

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front starting to pep up in the North, it'll change

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