27/01/2017 Spotlight


27/01/2017

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A machine which will transform how quickly prostate cancer is diagnosed

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is about to go into operation at Derriford Hospital.

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The scanner, which costs more than ?100,000,

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I want to say thank you all very much indeed.

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Being unveiled at Derriford Hospital, the most

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up-to-date diagnostic technology for prostate cancer in the country.

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It's one of only two machines available on the NHS.

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What this machine very cleverly does is merge two images,

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an ultrasound image here and an MRI image here and that enables

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surgeons to see more accurately the type of cancer that

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In men, prostate cancer is the most common cancer.

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Every year around 47,000 cases are diagnosed in the UK and

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Without this new machine, patients face numerous biopsies,

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They take eight to ten samples there, needle samples,

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So what this wonderful machine will do,

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and this is me as a layman saying this,

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they will look up there and this will go in 3-D colour

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and it will see and it will match up if there's

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The money to buy what's called the ultrasound MRI fusion machine

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has been raised by people around Devon.

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Five years ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer

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and after that, with the bike nights and the Mega Ride

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and all that, we do collect lots of money, you know?

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The plan now is to get more fusion machines

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This is certainly the first one of this type of machine in the country.

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There are another couple being imported and we're looking

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to move the south-west into the forefront of this

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by installing more machines in the upcoming months,

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one at Tiverton and then we're hopefully going to

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put one in Torbay and then another one in Treliske.

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Jane Chandler, BBC Spotlight, Plymouth.

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A rocket launcher has been found at a waste recycling

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The three foot green launcher was discovered in a skip by staff

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Devon County Council said it had been stripped of its launch

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mechanism so it could not have been used.

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The centre was closed as a safety precaution until police

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A former NHS chief in Devon and Cornwall has pleaded guilty

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to lying about his qualifications to obtain the chairmanships of two

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63-year-old Jon Andrewes from Totnes misled NHS appointments boards

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before being chosen to chair trusts in South Devon in 2007 and the Royal

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Labour's Ben Bradshaw has been explaining why he'll vote

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against the Article 50 Brexit Bill when it comes before

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the Commons next Wednesday, despite orders from the party

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The Exeter MP has urged other Labour MPs to do the same.

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A number of the party's front bench have already

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I can't vote to destroy jobs and prosperity in Exeter

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Theresa May said she wants a hard Brexit, outside the customs

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union, outside the single market and if we don't get that, we fall

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Either way, absolutely disastrous for our economy

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and there's no way I could support it.

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Now, if you see smoke coming from the Civic Centre in Plymouth

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and a huge emergency response this Sunday,

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It's one of the largest exercises ever held in Devon,

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and will see 150 firefighters involved in tackling a simulated

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It's to help test the procedures for dealing with fires

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in the region's increasing number of high rise buildings.

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It was the biggest fire to hit post-war Plymouth -

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Since then, the city's skyline has only gone one

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As the buildings get taller, the challenges for the

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If you have a look round now in major cities

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around the country, especially in the south-west,

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we're having more and more high rise buildings being built.

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Normally for student accommodation, high rise flats,

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so we need to be prepared and aware of the internal structures

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Plymouth today looks skywards as well as seawards

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for the new council house and municipal offices are as

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up-to-the-minute as any skyscraper elsewhere.

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At 14 floors, the Civic Centre used to be the city's tallest building.

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It stood empty for a couple of years but this weekend,

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it'll be the centre of the largest fire drill staged in Devon.

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If you can imagine coming into here,

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the breathing apparatus crew's first come into it, it's very dark,

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They're going to be looking around...

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Fireman Steve Anderson has been working on

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turning the building into every firefighter's worst nightmare.

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We have a few surprises in store but I'm sure they'll be very able

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to cope with anything that is thrown at them on the day.

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So, on Sunday morning, smoke will billow down

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these empty corridors, sirens were sad, actors will scream

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and fire crews from as far as Yeovil and Bridgewater

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So, there you go, if you're passing down here at 10:30 Sunday morning

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and you see smoke billowing from the Civic Centre,

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Kevin Hay, BBC Spotlight, in Plymouth.

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Time for a look at the weather with David.

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Finally, we're going to see a change to milder air,

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less frost around but it does also mean there's

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some of this in the air, there's some rain

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in the forecast for this weekend.

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There'll be showers tomorrow, some sunshine in between

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but some more persistent rain turning up on Sunday.

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Now, we have some rain across us at the moment.

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It's slow progress on that band of rain, it will eventually

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clear but there is another area of low pressure that'll bring more

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But certainly overnight tonight, the rain is off and on.

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Probably not clearing much of Dorset and Somerset

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until after it gets light but certainly for Cornwall,

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a clearance and in between a few showers, there may well be

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enough clearance to allow the temperatures

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to dip down to perhaps three or four Celsius.

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But for most of us, five or six, we should get

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Tomorrow, some sunshine but also the risk of a few showers.

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Finally getting westerly winds so those

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temperatures will continue to rise and hopefully by the end of the day,

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we'll be back up to around seven or eight Celsius.

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Although it does cool down quite quickly on Saturday night

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as we see a good deal of clear sky developing.

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That all changes on Sunday though as we see mild and wet weather

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arrive from the south and the south-west and

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temperatures back up to 11, possibly even 12 Celsius.

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It stays unsettled but also mild into next week.

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Were back with the Saturday News and sport at 20 past five tomorrow. Have

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a good evening, we will see you soon.

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