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Welcome to South Today. so it's goodbye from me,


In tonight's programme: Hundreds of operations are cancelled as two


of our hospitals struggle to cope but plans to change the way the NHS


cares for patients are already meeting local opposition.


I think it really should think again and take on board the value of


community hospitals. Our hospitals should have beds.


How prosthetic limbs are making life better in the workplace


The former Royal Marine who's tackling the world's five


biggest to raise awareness of mental health issues.


Something happens when you are on active service and when you come


back things change. I felt like I was in a different world. Join me


for high tea at Highclere Castle. A piece of real life history has come


home. Tonight, two hospitals announce


they are cancelling 100 operations to help relieve the workload


on their busy emergency departments. They blame unprecedented pressure


for having to cancel hip, knee and other orthopaedic surgery


in Basingstoke and Winchester. It comes as the NHS tries to change


the way it cares for patients - using fewer hospital beds


and more community care. We'll be reporting on how those


plans are causing protests in Dorset, but first we go live


to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester


and our health correspondent, Well, today, yesterday


and all of last week, they've been cancelling operations


here at Winchester and at It's part of a two-week stoppage


of almost all orthopaedic surgery to allow more emergency patients


to be treated. By that, I mean finding beds or them


because that's the problem. So they're using surgical


beds to help take these It's not unusual for


hospitals to do this. In the last few weeks,


three operations have been cancelled in Poole, ten in Southampton


and 11 in Bournemouth. But, of course, the NHS is now


planning to cut a lot of hospital beds and hospital services over


the next few years and move more It's a campaign that's


quickly gained momentum. People here in Shaftesbury


in North Dorset are fighting to save 15 beds at the town's


Westminster Memorial Hospital. It's an issue that's got


the whole town talking. I think it's awful. I want to keep


it, absolutely. It must keep going at any cost. We do need a little


hospital round here. Shaftesbury covers a wide area.


Along with many other parts of the NHS, Dorset's Clinical


Commissioning Group is proposing changes to everything


from the county's big three acute hospitals


The proposal is to keep beds in the community hospitals but to close all


15 beds here at the hospital in Shaftesbury. But a range of medical


services would still be provided in the town. I think they really should


think about and take on board the value of community hospitals. This


is a community. The Clinical Commissioning Group


argues changes have got to be made because of a rising population,


increasing demand and growing Change is always very difficult


especially in the local community and I absolutely understand people's


fears. I can only reassure them that we are trying to do the best for the


widest population in North Dorset. It is not about cutting beds but


providing that care in a different manner and keeping people at home.


In their campaign HQ in the high street, these people want


Dr Yule and her colleagues to have a rethink.


So far, around 1500 people in this area have filled


Final decisions will be made later this year.


The hospital trust here said it was only cancelling these


operations because of unprecedented pressures on its


That's something I've heard a lot over the past few months.


We all know that A are busy places, but this feels


The problem is not the A It is the lack of beds for patients to go


to. In this hospital and Basingstoke,


tonight, there are 80 people who are fit to go home,


but are still in beds. Not their fault, but the harsh


reality is, if they weren't there, those operations probably


wouldn't be cancelled. So how is reducing the number of


beds going to help all of this? This is the plan the NHS


is grappling with - how to keep hospital beds for people


who really need them but, at the same time, making


sure that vulnerable, frail patients who are medically fit


are still properly looked after. There is a lot of work being done on


that in the moment, a lot of good ideas, we will have to see if it


happens, as they hope it will. Across the world, it's estimated


that up to 1.2 billion people live That's equivalent to


the population of China. In the UK, around one in five people


is classed as having a disability and is less likely to be


in employment as a result. Disabilities can take


different forms but, for those who have lost a limb,


prosthetics can make Every year, more than 5,000 people


are referred to prosthetic And for more than 120 years,


a family business in Basingstoke has been at the forefront of the design


and manufacture of Here's our business


correspondent, Alastair Fee. This is the precision


assembly department here The company has been


around since 1890. Now, this is a very


early prosthetic leg - it dates back to the 1930s -


but I've been to meet a man who benefits from the very latest


prothetic technology. Having finished his day job in IT,


Steve Haines is getting ready He lost his right leg 30 years ago


in a motorbike accident. There is obviously a bonus


to getting people back into work and, if people are capable of doing


some sort of job, then I'd rather be working than sat


at home all day doing nothing. Blatchford are world leaders


in the design and manufacture The ability of the person


to actually participate in the work environment,


pay their taxes, generate wealth for the society, the whole net gain


by the society is huge. So, in a way, by reducing the cost


of care, the long-term cost of care, all of these little factors,


when you add them up, Over time, the technology


has made huge leaps. A microprocessor-controlled knee


together with a hydraulic ankle giving the user


stability and confidence. It allows me to walk


downstairs, leg over leg. This one will lower me


down each step, so I can walk one step at a time,


left, right, left, right. The things they've come up


with are extremely good They will get better


but they work pretty well now. These advances have cut the cost


of long-term care and enabled patients to continue an active


working life, but It's estimated that there


are 10 million people in need of a prosthesis in Asia and Africa


and a further 5 million Joining me here at Blatchford


in Basingstoke is the Adrian, we just heard from Steve


that he's holding down two jobs. How extensive is the support


on offer across the economy? Well, Blatchford are a leading


provider of technology and services for patients with limb loss


and our aim is to try to make sure they lead as full


and as active a life as possible. Within the UK, there are around


44,000 active amputees, and we believe that there


are a number of those amputees who could benefit


from the use of new technologies to improve their lives


and be able to fulfil So what's the demand


globally for this industry? In the global economy,


there are millions of patients The increase in peripheral vascular


disease and diabetes means there are a number of those patients


out there that are increasing and requiring this type


of technology as well as in conflict zones, where you have military


personnel or patients who are involved within the conflict


who are getting injured. Adrian, thank you for


joining me in Basingstoke. You might be wondering who gets


access to this technolology. Well, the good news is that the NHS


has recently agreed to fund this, the latest microprocessor-controlled


knee, making this accessible A mother whose baby son died


at a month old is raising money to buy a cuddle cot to help other


bereaved parents in West Berkshire. These specially adapted cribs allow


babies to be brought home after they've died so family members


can spend a little time with them. We didn't want to lose our son


and we fought for him as hard as we could and he fought as hard


as he could but it got to the point where we couldn't push him any more


and he was really struggling. Beau was just a month


old when he died. He'd been born with a heart defect


that couldn't be repaired. As his health worsened in hospital,


his parents had to say goodbye. We did spend time with Beau before


he passed away and then, within probably two hours,


he was taken away from us They were then offered the chance


to take Beau to a hospice to spend time with him


in a special cool room. But they had his twin sister to care


for so they couldn't. There's one at Naomi House


Hospice near Winchester. Because it's portable and movable,


they can lift the cuddle cot out, wrap it around the baby or the child


and then cuddle their baby as opposed to a very sudden one


minute the child is alive and with you and the next


minute they've gone away, But that little time with the child


after they've died helps the family to start to come to terms


with where they are now. Charlene is busy bringing up


Beau's twin sister, Esme, but she's also raising funds to pay


for a portable cuddle cot for use I think it would have been lovely


to have him home, you know. Probably the saddest thing


was leaving him at hospital, knowing that we had to come home,


and it did feel that we were leaving For more information on Charlene's


fundraising campaign, visit the Go Fund Me website


and search for Beau's Stay with us for a


message from a champ! I will be telling you how I came


back from injury to win the amateur heavyweight boxing title.


The search is underway to find the 3,500 workers who'll be needed


Much of the town centre has been flattened to make way for new shops,


bars and restaurants as part of the scheme, which


Supporters say they're not the kind of jobs the new town was established


to create but they're vital to Bracknell's future prosperity.


A woman from West Sussex who's had breast implants removed


following health concerns is urging women to think twice before


Annette Stevens from Bognor Regis spent more than ?5,000 on a breast


enlargement in 2003 but spent ?6,000 having the implants removed last


year because she believed they were poisoning her.


Annette Stevens with the implants which were inside her


They were not bigger. They were full.


Annette told me her implants had leaked.


In recent years, she's suffered hair loss, depression,


insomnia, memory loss and other health problems.


Last October, Annette spent ?6,000 on an operation in Holland


She said she felt relieved and has since noticed health improvements.


I don't feel so cold any more, I've got a little bit more


I feel like my body's thanking me for listening to all of the symptoms


that I had that I thought I was just getting old.


Annette's implants were manufactured by a company called Silimed.


In 2015, their distribution was suspended while the EU


Last October, a report by the Dutch public health organisation RIVM


indicated the risk to patients was low and the government is now


The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory


I don't know why I felt the need to have implants but,


if you look at the day and age we're in and how we're bombarded with


these pictures of being perfect, you know, boobs aren't everything.


Nobody's perfect and it's about loving the skin you're in,


loving who you are as a person, and it's taken me quite a long


Annette originally chose implants to help her confidence but now says


removing them has boosted it even more.


A former Royal Marine from Tidworth in Wiltshire who's recovering


from post-traumatic stress disorder is now trying for a world record.


Louis Nethercott will try to crawl, swim and trek his way


across the world's five largest islands unaided.


He's already completed the first stage - the jungles of Borneo.


Next, he'll head to Papua New Guinea then to Madagascar and Greenland


before finishing at Baffin Island in Canada.


I found it very hard to relax and chill out.


I was always expecting something to happen.


Louis was medically discharged from the Marines a few months ago


after returning home from the front line in Afghanistan.


He wants to raise awareness about the impact


My section lost two guys and a few others were injured


Something happens when you are on active service and,


when you come back, things have changed.


I felt like I was sort of in a different world.


It took just 40 days for former Marines Louis Nethercott


and Anthony Lambert to get across Borneo - the first


of the world's five biggest islands they're determined to conquer.


For Louis, the challenge has become a way of coping


We were just completely on our own in the jungle


there with nobody to be seen for miles.


It was an incredible experience but it was also incredibly tough,


Loads of people go the Poles nowadays, up Everest.


We wanted to come up with one that was a bit unique.


By taking on this expedition, he wants to raise funds


for the forces' charities that are helping him and hundreds


To think we've got another four ahead of us, I think we just have


to look at one at a time and, once that's done, move


If I just think of all four in my head, it becomes


The pair will set off for Papa New Guinea


They hope to finish all five islands at some point next year -


an endurance test that will push them almost to the limit.


Got some horse racing news for you, which is disappointing.


Dorset-trained racehorse Thistlecrack has been ruled out


Colin Tizzard's horse was the favourite for jump racing's


blue riband event but has suffered a tendon injury that will keep him


Tizzard still has leading fancies Cue Card and Native


Brighton are back down to second in the Championship


after Newcastle's win over Aston Villa last night.


Tonight, the teams in third and fourth clash in another huge


game for the promotion chasers Jaap Stam's Reading


It's live on BBC Radio Berkshire tonight.


Tim Dellor will be commentating as the Royals aim to go seven unbeaten.


Anybody who has been following these royals know it is the Terriers and


cookies have been biting at their heels. Last season these two sides


met on four occasions. Earlier this season, Reading beat Huddersfield at


the Madejski Stadium. Whichever team wins the night, will finish third in


the Champion ship. We kick off here at 7:45pm.


Aldershot Town have revealed they've rejected an approach


for their management team led by Gary Waddock.


In a statement, the national league side say an unnamed League 1 club


masked to speak to Waddock and assistant James Rowe.


Both men have informed the club they're not interested in pursuing


Now to the story of the boxer who recovered from a freak injury


to fight his way back to the summit of the amateur game.


Greg Bridet saw his Olympic dreams shattered by a series of setbacks


but the Heart of Portsmouth boxer who trains at Southampton solent


university was back in the ring for a big win this past weekend.


Greg Bridet was back in the gym today and he is back on the boxing


scene in the big way. This weekend the former heavyweight champion won


the English title, quite a comeback for a fighter of Olympic dreams were


dashed by a freak injury two years ago. Having lunch, he got pain in


his chest. I went to A, collapsed, and are not a few hours I could have


died, my heart had no more room for better go and the chest cavity. I


had titanium staples. Big obstacle to overcome but it was good, I am


stronger for it. BBC Saturday featured Greg in 2013. He was


targeting the Olympics in Rio. He was an emotional moment when he beat


Mason Holmes this weekend. Relief, the weight of the world lifted from


my shoulders. The implication almost, getting back bad fortune I


had had. The 27-year-old is now planning his next move and has also


sparred with Chris Eubank junior. Massive learning experience. A


little pointers here and there, he only improved by placing superior


opponents. I would also rather be a good amateur rather than a bad pro.


I'm not ruling anything out at the moment. Greg Bridet will compete the


Championships next month, further evidence his back punching his


weight. Amazing as treadmills can do as well.


The build-up continues to Southampton's first appearance


in a major Wembley Cup final for 38 years and the man who was in charge


that day and on their famous FA cup visit in 1976 says the magic


of winning a cup can outweigh league achievements.


Lawrie McMenemy masterminded the win over Sunday's


opponents Manchester United in the spring of 76.


Three years on, Saints lost the League Cup final,


but the memories span generations for fans.


It was such magic. This is a man that manage the cup winning team, it


all children who were asking for autographs. Second in the league and


all that, Wembley sticks and people's minds. Oh, my word! We


could be seeing scenes like that again soon.


An album of photographs revealing the real Downton Abbey


It shows life at Highclere Castle in Berkshire more than 120 years ago -


around the time the ITV drama that's filmed there was first set.


The album contains 44 photographs of the 80-bedroom house,


staff and grounds, providing a fascinating glimpse into the lives


of the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, who was best known for helping


to discover the Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.


A special delivery is one of the UK's most recognisable house is.


Thank you. An album that provides a window into the real-life Downton


Abbey is returning home after more than a century. It is like a jigsaw


puzzle and you were trying to piece things back together again, figure


out who was here, the names and if you were not quite sure of


something, the piano, I have put in the drawing-room. The 1895 album the


44 photographs was found in a normal house clearance in Dorset. The


reason why was there is yet known. I am not sure whether that was


Streatfeild, the butler. It was set to go under the hammer with a ?500


price tag but despite huge interest from around the world it has been


sold privately to the Highclere estate. Everybody has been delighted


with the outcome, it has come back. But it could have gone to an


American bidder. It may well have done but sometimes what is so nice


is it is not all about money. As the ITV series follows the Earl of


Grantham and his family, this album features a snapshot of the life that


the fifth Earl, George Herbert and his wife. The famously bankrolled


Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the 1920s. It


also marks a visitor Prince Edwards. But it is not just the aristocracy


featured here. In 1895, Highclere would have been working house and


would have been 60 members of staff here and interestingly this album


also shows what life would have been 60 members of staff here and


interestingly this album also shows what life would be like backstairs.


I know my place! I think that is what makes these house is live.


Louis and Georgian everybody... That is how it works. The photos could be


on display when the house opens its doors in the summer, far from a work


of fiction, this piece of history is now back where it belongs. Highclere


Castle! Lewis Brooks captured


Calshot from the air today. Lynn Stevens took this picture


of a carpet of crocuses in Shiplake. And Dulcie Levett photographed


the brighter spells Doris is on her way. Through the


course of the night, we are expecting a fair amount of cloud and


patchy rain in places, drizzly conditions, but drier periods as


well and mild temperatures. Winds will increase in strength during the


course of the night. That will keep the mist and fog at the in most


places with temperatures falling to 9-11 C. A dam start the day


tomorrow, outbreaks of rain, one or two brighter spells, cloudy tomorrow


and mild as well, temperatures reaching a high of 11-12 C. The


breeze will be strong in particular. The rain will continue to strengthen


through the early hours of Thursday morning and by Thursday morning we


are expecting the next weather system which is part of storm Doris


and the area of pressure moving in from the Atlantic. Storm Doris is


expecting to affect areas in Midlands but for us in the south,


Oxfordshire has a Met Office wind warning. The rain will be very heavy


for the rush-hour dry to work. Most of the rain clears at lunchtime.


That is when the winds will try them and that is when we expect the


strongest of the winds. Wind gusts in Oxfordshire 60 mph, elsewhere,


50-55 mph. The low pressure pulls away into the North Sea and through


the course of Thursday afternoon in the evening, that is when the winds


will ease. There is that Met Office wind warning to Oxfordshire on


Thursday through the afternoon in particular. Friday, a lot of cloud.


It will break to allow the sunny spells and the odd isolated shower


that we expect rain at times do the course of Saturday with showers on


Sunday. Fairly cloudy of the next few days, limited brightness, and


Doris arrives on Thursday. We have been waiting for that.


Nawal El Saadawi, the world-renowned Egyptian author


A fearless feminist facing a world in turmoil.


Imagine... She Spoke The Unspeakable.


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