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a paramedic's employed at a Dorset hospital to ease the pressure


We are taking the patient in, got them in on the target time. We are


now clear and moving onto the next one.


Also tonight, how dragonflies are influencing the face of warfare.


Could these be the drones of the future?


The free range egg farmer playing it safe despite the changes


And a top of the table clash in the Championship tonight -


as Brighton could extend their lead over Newcastle to four points.


Ambulances queuing outside hospitals are a big problem


As accident and emergency departments continue


to come under pressure, health bosses are struggling


Now one hospital on the South coast has decided to pay for private


ambulances to bring patients in and for a paramedic to look


The scheme at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has cut average ambulance


turnaround times from 36 minutes to just 12.


Our Health Correspondent David Fenton is there for us now.


This I have been here all day to see how it is working out.


Iris is another patient on a busy day at accident and emergency.


Broadly we have seen about 10% more patients coming in accident and


emergency. Compared to last year. And last year was a record year for


attendance. It has felt very busy but it actually felt largely well


managed and well controlled and the staff have done a very good job. The


hospital beds are full, so Iris is being seen by Frank, who works in


the corridor in accident and emergency. They have just been


brought in, they have come to the accident and emergency department.


Fran is here so we can bring them here and it frees up the ambulance


trolley so we can go back out onto the road and bring in another


patient. Fran works for the ambulance service but she is here


from 12 noon until midnight. She can look after four patients at a time.


One is in the corridor with me, I am going to keep the nigh on her with


anything I think that is a problem and I can escalate it to the staff


inside. Anything she might need I can request. As long as she is OK,


the corridor is keeping an eye on her. The ambulance crew can leave


without having to wait for Iris to get a hospital bed. We are taking


the patient in, managed to hand them over within the 15 minutes target


time, which is really good. We will now come clear and head to the next


one. Staff have been looking at new ways of working, using paramedics


like Fran and private ambulances to bring patients in faster. Everybody


comes into work and it might be a hardship but they want to do the


best for the patient. Emergency medicine is a specialty we see the


patient instantly improving and he wants to create a nice and safe


environment for the patient. What you've seen today is an innovative


way of making the patient safe and we want to make sure the members of


staff come into the Department feeling motivated and feeling like


they have done a good day 's work. Back in the corridor and something


is wrong. Iris might have blood poisoning. Fran takes to


resuscitation area. First thing I have done is I have picked up


that... It has happened in just a few minutes but Iris has now been


admitted to a hospital bed and she is doing well. The interesting thing


was that although Iris was here and was in a trolley in a corridor,


within minutes of something going wrong, the paramedic was able to see


that and get her very quickly into the resuscitation area, where she


was able to be treated promptly. It has been a busy day here today.


There are about 138 patients that have come in through the course of


the day. Usual things, heart attacks, collapses at home and


strokes. This pilot scheme will finish soon but the pressure is no


doubt will continue. STUDIO: David, thank you.


It's now three years since the South's warship building


industry was dealt a huge blow - with the closure of the BAE


With a lack of new orders, a decision was made


But it's a strategy that's now under scrutiny.


Steve Humphrey examines whether naval ship building


A spectacular show celebrated the return of shipbuilding to Portsmouth


with the conclusion of HMS Clyde in 2006. The future looked bright. But


the yard closed in 2014 after sections of the new naval aircraft


carriers were completed. Bae concentrated work in Scotland,


causing a national shortage of orders for new ships. The low number


of warships and orders of course leads to problems in production


lines and the investment you put into the future. Today the


industrialist asked by ministers to come up with a new national


shipbuilding strategy told MPs planning and cost overruns have had


a big impact in the past. Sir John Parker said future ships could be


built around the country to boost competition. If we can build these


ships on time, with a grip on the specification and cost, then


undoubtedly we will accumulate significant savings over time. Could


shipbuilding return to the South? Quite a lot of the facilities still


exist. And I think how easily the BAE Systems set up the carrier


component programme, that shows you how quickly we can get it into line.


But it is a political decision. Unless the politicians say we do


want to diversify and spread some of this around the rest of the UK, it


will not happen. With existing commitments and new challenges some


experts argue at -- ordering new ships would be good for the Navy and


give the industry a welcome boost. Steve Humphrey joins us


from Portsmouth now. Steve, President Donald Trump has


announced he plans to increase defence spending in the US


by ?43 billion. So could military spending


become a priority here? President Trump wants to increase


the size of the US Army, Navy and air. On this side of the Atlantic


ministers are committed to spending 2% of GDP on defence. We might get


medication in the budget next week if they will be more money for


ships. The governor said it will publish a shipbuilding strategy in


the spring. It said it is committed to 19 frigates and destroyers. Work


on the frigates. In Scotland and in the summer, it is expected. In terms


of work around the country, they may well bid for work on the future


generation of type 31 frigates. From Portsmouth, back to you. Steve,


thank you. The UK's naval fleet dates back


more than 1,000 years - and while big ships remain crucial


to our defences, the future of warfare is likely to be


smaller and unmanned, Our Political Editor


Peter Henley has more. It flies at 45 mph and weighs less


than ?2 coin. This is the next generation of military drone. It is


being developed by animal dynamics, a spin off country from the Oxford


University zoology department. It flaps like an insect does. It has


very interesting upshot. It has natural suspension, can tolerate


high wind and it really goes to the heart of what we are about, looking


at how you can derive higher performance and efficiency by


studying natural systems. Visiting the university, Sir Michael Fallon


said the armed forces are increasingly at the cutting edge of


technology. I would like to make it easier for small high-tech companies


to come to defence to bring their ideas, their products, and see if


they can be used by the Armed Forces. That has been too slow in


the past, too bureaucratic and they have had difficulty getting funding.


Formula one motor racing is another area in which British research is


leading the world. The Ministry of Defence has announced a Dragon 's


Den style panel of experts to help provide advice. The Chief Executive


of Woking -based McLaren Ron Dennis has signed up. The voices are going


to be strong. Hopefully people will listen. This is the Minister... You


know, he has pushed me to be disruptive. Also pushing the


frontiers of military kits, Tim Peake, an Army major, will join the


panel. From the time of the Spitfire onwards, when Britain has faced a


hostile threat, we have stepped up technology to answer it. The


Ministry of defence is warning that in an age of cyber warfare, the best


technology experts have an important contribution to make. Because you


can be sure that if we are capable of developing these sorts of


weapons, other countries are working on them, as well.


The A34 isn't fit for purpose and needs to be urgently


upgraded to a motorway, according to some taking part


This morning's event was broadcast simultaneously across Radio Solent,


Who would want to be this stranded motorist, or the


patrol man coming to their rescue, just north of Newbury?


There is no room for driver error and


unfortunately that is what leads to so many accidents in that


Welcome to the special programme, looking at the future of


This morning local BBC Radio stations on the route


those shaping the debate about the A34.


Statistically a big comparatively safe road,


high-profile accidents like this one when a lorry driver was using his


phone and killed four members of the same family


It has been shown in some of the serious collisions we


have had that mixing fast and slow moving traffic is really dangerous.


We will await the result of the safety review to


see if there is a role for average speed cameras or traffic management.


Even as a broadcast got under way, there was news of


The road is now flowing freely once more.


This morning's accident is what police described as


a minor shunt with no serious injuries.


Within minutes traffic was trailing back several


miles as it so often does here on the A34.


If it is already overcrowded and traffic is going to increase.


With demand you have new systems with people buying online,


For the road users and the families of those who


have died here, that action cannot come soon enough.


Coming up, Tony is here with the sport and the weather is not getting


any better. Today we had some blustery rain. Tomorrow will be very


similar. I will have the details for you shortly.


A care worker from West Sussex, who is accused of stealing money


from a pensioner she was looking after, has told a jury


the man lent her cash because she had lost her bank card


39-year-old Theresa Stratton from Littlehampton is accused


of stealing ?130 from 74-year-old David Skerritt at his


But she said she only took ?10 with his permission


Theresa Stratton denies theft and the trial


The company responsible for maintaining accommodation


for military families has promised improvements after taking


It follows complaints from several forces' families,


including some who claimed their accommodation was poor.


was considering terminating its multi-million pound contract.


The company says the new contractors will deliver a more efficient


Millions of chickens were officially allowed to roam free again today.


They've been cooped up in farms and homes all over the country


since early December to protect them from an outbreak of bird flu.


Today the government relaxed the rules.


And some farmers have taken the decision not


to release their birds even though they're now free to do so.


Roger Finn joins us now from Woodlands near Totton.


Roger, it all sounds a bit confusing.


I will try and explain. Just over here in the darkness there is now a


boundary of great significance for anybody who keeps chickens. Here the


controls have been relaxed. Chickens are free to roam. That is the


situation in most parts of the country but here we are in a zone


designated by the government as posing a higher risk of bird flu. On


this side, chickens have still got to be kept indoors. The reason is


that here we are within five kilometres of an area that has a big


population of aquatic wildfowl and they are the problem.


Wild ducks and geese have caused a major bird flu epidemic


Scientists say the particular strains of some of these


birds spreading this winter is not harmful to humans, but it is


highly infectious and deadly to birds.


That is why all flocks have been forced inside for the last 12


weeks, including these on a farm near Romsey.


Even though these could now go free, because the farm is not


in a higher-risk zone, the farmer has decided


It might be a smaller chance but there is still a


chance my chickens might get this disease and it would wipe them out


So talking to other producers alike, they are


The welfare of the chicken comes first


One consequence is this farm and many


others now lose their free range status.


That normally attracts a premium of 40 extra pence per dozen.


Many supermarkets have said they will continue to pay free


The farmers are hoping customers will be understanding.


They are still high welfare, they still roam freely in the barn


A single case of bird flu means the whole flock has to be destroyed,


with no compensation and no insurance.


It is devastating for the farmer and his business.


We are sorry some farmers will experience a loss in


We keep it under constant review so that requirement


for housing is not extended longer than it has to be.


The hope is the chickens will be back in this field


and dozens of others like it across the South


in a couple of months, when the weather has warmed up


and the wild geese and ducks have started heading off.


Now, what did you learn at school that's proved useful in your job?


New research shows many young scientists, IT workers and engineers


believe a lot of what they studied is little use in the real world.


The Baker Dearing Educational Trust says almost half of the young people


it surveyed believe technical skills would have been much more


useful than subjects like history or geography.


The Trust promotes University Technical Colleges to help


Nikki Mitchell reports from one college in Reading.


From this device I connect with that device...


He is one of a number of former UTC students who have secured


apprenticeships with networking specialist, Cisco.


His employer sends him back regularly to help


I am trying to get them to use the technical skills


they already have but at the same time we are giving them the


technical knowledge at the same time.


In my old school I would never have days like this where we basically


All of it is practical, even in the normal


day-to-day lessons it is not just sitting by a computer.


It is practical and hands-on, as well.


How useful do students here think more


traditional subjects like history and geography might be


Don't get me wrong, it could be, but not for me personally.


This is more like tech science that is what I prefer doing.


The educational trust which promotes UTCs says half of youngsters already


employed in science, computing and engineering think traditional


subjects are largely useless for the world of work.


With industry struggling to keep up with the speed


of technological advance, what hope do schools have without


We can put that innovation into the hands of the students themselves


They will continue to be at the edge of things being done in


the industry when they join those particular organisations.


There is a great mix in schools, some schools


are fantastic, ordinary schools, secondary


schools, at bringing the


curriculum to life and making it real.


But I don't think it is widespread enough and therefore some


schools are not doing enough with employer partners, because


headteachers are accountable to the performance tables.


But I think there needs to be just a rethink


The National Union of Teachers is sceptical.


It believes if all schools were properly funded the


quality of vocational education would significantly improve anyway.


Tony is here. And I am here! I imagine you did sport when you were


at school. Indeed, quite a lot of that. I was never good at


mathematics but I do know the value of three points. We know a bit about


Chris Hughton and his past with Newcastle. He said it was his best


achievement as a manager, getting Newcastle promoted to the Premier


League. Here he is as Brighton manager and rapper Benito is in


charge of Newcastle, both gunning for the title and automatic


promotion and the Premier league is where they want to be.


It's the biggest match of the championship season so fdar


of Rafa Benitez's Newcastle if they win tonight at the Amex.


The Albion have won three of their last four


as they bid to earn a place in the Premier Legaue -


20 years after almost dropping out of the football league altogether.


Earlier I spoke to Johnny Cantor at the Amex.


He explains why these two are at the top of the tree.


It is the second consecutive sell-out at the AMEX.


It pits first against second, the best home record against the


best away record in the championship.


It also pits the best defence, the Seagulls, with 17 clean


sheets this season, against the best attack in the division, the Magpies,


who have already scored 64 goals this season.


The fans and players know something's got to give.


What we would put in front is a strong team


with a lot of good players and always it is tougher to play this


Of course, a win is not just three points.


It is the confidence as well, it is a big thing.


We know three points is always important in the league, Johnny.


But if Brighton got the win tonight it could be very


significant on several fronts, couldn't it?


Not only would the gap between Brighton


and Newcastle be at four points but they would also have a 9-point


gap between them and third placed Huddersfield.


It would also put more pressure on Newcastle this evening,


because Newcastle have to go to Reading on Tuesday and before


that they also have to travel to


third-placed Huddersfield on Saturday, as well.


As we approach the last ten games of the season you feel both


sides will want the momentum going into the final run-in


and obviously end up with those top two vital places for promotion.


And the game is live on BBC Sussex with Johnny


and Warren Aspinall tonight, kick off is 7.45.


Murry Baldock will start for the Albion.


Elsewhere tonight Portsmouth could break into the automatic


promotion places in League Two if they win at home to Morecambe


They need Carlisle to lose to go third.


There's also a trip to Bradford in league one for MK Dons


BBC local radio has full live commentary of all the matches.


Cricket news and Surrey fast bowler Tom Curran has been called


into the England one-day squad for the tour of the Caribbean,


The 21-year-old has impressed while touring Sri Lanka


with the England Lions, but is now heading to the West


Indies for the series, which begins on Friday.


The Portsmouth-based team hoping to win international sport's oldest


trophy for Britain for the first time have debuted their boat


Earlier this month you may remember we were on the island to see


Sir Ben Ainslie's Landrover BAR unveil R1, as it is known.


Now it's becoming a familiar sight off the coastline, as crucial early


From the symbolism of unveiling their race boat to the show


of strength on the water, Land Rover BAR are now


sound in the boat they hope will win Britain the Americas Cup.


It is 15 metres, or 50 feet long, and has been


designed with engineers from their title sponsors.


They are used to providing high spec off-road vehicles.


Now the same technology is helping one of the most technically


There is still rope on board, but the six-strong


crew have 130 metres of hydraulic pipes and over 1,000 metres


of cabling to connect sensors and video cameras.


I think we can see a lot of the upgrades coming together and


increasing the performance markedly, which is where we need to be.


The Americas Cup journey for the Portsmouth-based


This will probably be the most developed boat


from launch we run through the whole campaign.


We have a lot of upgrades we are currently engineering and


developing and now the focus moves towards bringing those to the boat.


Hundreds of hours of practice will follow.


Back in Portsmouth the analysis for the most marginal of


for the summer's America's Cup racing.


Congratulations to the gold medal winning British hockey team today.


Maddy Hinch from West Sussex were among those at Buckingham Palace to


receive an MBE from the Duke of Cambridge. Maddy said she was less


nervous lining up for the final against the Netherlands but as we


can see, she enjoyed a good chat. It was a very special day


for a former South Today presenter. Mr Bruce Parker, for services to


charity and to the community in Hampshire.


Bruce Parker has been awarded the MBE by Prince William


Bruce presented for BBC South for 35 years.


He's chairman of the Friends of Winchester Cathedral and involved


with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance,


and Leukaemia Busters in Southampton, among other charities.


Congratulations, Bruce. 35 years of South Today. Very impressive. Now


the weather. Yes, not therefore that long! Well,


you never know. Lovely sunshine this morning. You went for a run in the


rain. When it was still sunny. And then it started raining. I just had


a pancake! This was early this morning in Dorset. Lewis Horsley


captured the sunrise in Bloodworth. And Paul sent this picture from


Hampshire. We had some lovely sunshine this morning. The rain


spread north and east in the region and slowly easing up to night and it


will be quite chilly in the countryside. We might see a local


frost in the countryside. In towns and cities, those 3-5 C, the


windfall in lighter in the early morning. Very light this morning. A


dry and sunny start to the day tomorrow. Very quickly the cloud


will turn the sunshine hazy and rainbow in golf the southern coastal


counties. This rain will be very patchy so there will be some dry


interludes, especially further north in much of the day. Temperatures


reaching a high of 8-9 C. Feeling cold with the increasing breeze and


rainfall tomorrow. The wins tomorrow night will become very strong. It


could touch gale forced along coastal stretches, even inland


areas. A chance of a wintry shower in the early hours of Thursday


morning and temperatures falling to freezing. The winds will ease first


thing on Thursday. Very much like today and tomorrow, some sunny


spells to start Thursday. The difference is it should mainly be


dry in the course of the day. One of the better days this week. But brisk


wind from the West, or Southwest. Mainly dry, some sunny spells and


the odd isolated shower. Before we look at the outlook we will talk


about tomorrow. It is the first day of spring in meteorology. Three days


of spring before summer rise in June. Enjoy the springlike


conditions on Thursday. But we will have some rain tomorrow. It could be


heavy and persistent at times. Sunny spells on Thursday, that is the


mainly dry day of the week with brisk wind. Friday, we are looking


at outbreaks of rain in the course of the day. Moving northwards across


the region. Over the weekend, quite unsettled at times, a cool feeling


to things, some rain at times and some sunshine jihad as well. The


rain could be happy here and there. -- could be some sunshine around as


well. We are back at half past six tomorrow. Hope you will be watching.


Good night. Good night. MUSIC: Another Day Of Sun


by the La La Land Cast


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