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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.
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