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Hundreds of lives could be saved with quicker access
And how do you stop this invasive creature taking over our rivers?
And we continue this run of dry or largely dry river is right through
the week. Details at the end of the programme.
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 250,000 patients and found
fewer died if they'd made it into the operating
Here's our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill.
Doreen has just had an operation to mend her hip
I couldn't get up, so I then crawled over, because I knew my handbag
was behind the chair and I could get my
Unfortunately, it was about 14 inches away.
I could not, in any way, touch that bag.
So after about an hour and a half, I managed to get artificial flowers.
I managed to find the longest one, which I hooked round the handle
and managed to get the handbag and get the phone.
I phoned my son and he was over within quarter an hour.
She was operated within 36 hours her fall.
She was operated within 36 hours of her fall.
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 broke her hip last night, yet she is
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
8% more patients died if 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
There are certain patients who benefit from greater
time to get them better, before their surgical procedures.
Surgical procedures are not without risk.
They are only one part of the care we need to give them.
We need to support them with their falls health,
bone health, getting up their independence and mobility.
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 data base that Southmead has built up helps identify
those hospitals that have higher death rates.
The latest registry shows that patients having a hip fracture
operation at the Gloucester Royal have been far more likely
For example, in 2014 the death rate was 12.5% compared
Weston General Hospital is also identified as an outlier.
Weston Trust say they realised they needed to do better and have
already introduced a number of measures to improve outcomes.
Gloucestershire Royal say their latest figures are now
The Green Party chose Bristol to launch their General
The hastily arranged event came just 48 hours
after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, named
And the Greens have their own radical plan
Here's our political editor Paul Barltrop.
Surely the most spectacular setting for a campaign launch...
Bristol West is the Green's top target.
At the 2015 general election they came second behind Labour,
so today they've brought both their party leaders
They'll be back plenty of times before June the 8th.
They've already got councillors in a city where being
Also popular in a constituency which voted overwhelmingly
to remain in the EU is their opposition to Brexit.
It's so vital that we send a clear message.
We've got a government who've listened so much to Ukip.
Ukip have said jump, and they've said "how high?"
They're not the only party saying that.
In fact, they're now offering an electoral deal with Labour
For example, in Gloucestershire they'd co-operate to take
In Stroud, the Greens reckon they could win
Labour would be given a clear run at the Tories in Gloucester.
And the Lib Dems would have less competition in trying
So many people live in so-called safe seats where their votes don't
count, so we want to look at marginals, see if we can have
some discussions with other parties, and see if there can be an agreement
around perhaps having paper candidates from some parties.
So we would put more emphasis on one of the other ones
Labour dismiss any idea of backroom deals, and will aim to stand
And officially, the Liberal Democrats are cool to the idea.
But their former leader adopts a different tone.
Paddy Ashdown today put out a statement saying: "Well done
the Greens for reaching out for sensible seat arrangements...
Labour and the Lib Dems should respond positively."
We'll know whether the Greens have got anywhere when candidates
Paul Barltrop, BBC Points West, Bristol.
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
In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service says there isn't
Mr Howlett has always "strenuously denied any wrongdoing".
Tickets to hear the US Senator Bernie Sanders speak
at the Festival of Ideas, in Bristol this June, sold out
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 the United States.
A group of volunteers in Somerset has 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 variety
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's a male, you can tell by the things we call pleopods,
Signal crayfish are an invasive species, introduced
in the 70s as a potential diversification for farmers.
But they spread, killing our native white-clawed crayfish,
damaging river banks, eating food that fish rely on.
If they are left unchecked, they will basically
They will, you know, wipe out all the invertebrate
life, plant life, fish, and all sorts of stuff.
There are many examples of water courses in the south-east of England
where literally the only wildlife in the river is crayfish.
Part of the funding for this trial comes from the Environment Agency.
They're interested to see if this method can be
We are returning the big breeding males, having sterilised them,
so that they basically think they are mating with females,
So you have fewer eggs hatching out the following spring,
which is what we are starting to check now.
So far, from two years trapping, we have caught about 6500 crayfish.
That's on just over a kilometre of river.
What we have found is that the catch rates over the two years
By training volunteers, Nicky hopes the work will continue,
even after the funding ends this year.
Sally Challoner, BBC Points West, on Exmoor.
Chris Packham has been cleared of charges of assault in Malta. The BBC
Spring watch presenter is on the island filming a documentary on
illegal bird trapping. He says he and his production team were shoved
and that they were the party who are abused in the situation.
Before we get the forecast with Ian and the national weather,
It's your chance to see 'A Mayor for the West of England',
a special debate that answers all your questions
about the upcoming Metro Mayor elections in May.
That's all coming up in a few minutes time,
but first I'll say goodnight and leave you with Ian.
Good evening. We have a pulse of somewhat warmer air coming across us
tomorrow. Inherently it will be a fairly warm day. A lot of cloud
around, I suspect we will see some brighter spells developing in places
through the afternoon. Once again, it will be effectively a dry picture
with just the chance of one or two light showers perhaps in the south
as we go further on through the day. We have been losing some light
showers through the course of this evening, tonight 's temperatures
will be comparatively mild. Compared to some recent nights, ever be
around seven or 9 degrees. As we head into tomorrow morning, it's
looking like a dry start. A bit of brightness around but generally a
lot of cloud. Through the afternoon, some of that cloud breaking up with
pockets of brighter or even sunny weather. Equally the chance of one
or two light showers. I would emphasise, most places will be
staying dry. The light, it will feel rather warm, getting up to about 14
or 16 degrees. If the sun breaks we will easily achieved 16 degrees in
some spots. Reversing the trend into Saturday, somewhat cooler air from
the north. It's looking overwhelmingly a dry picture, into
the weekend. Turning week for much of the UK and for more
about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.
The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so
degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away
from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority
of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.
We have this week whether forgiving showers in the south. This weather
front starting to pep up in the North, it'll change