Go behind the scenes of TV's Trauma

The public will get the chance to go behind the scenes of hit TV programme Trauma: Level One at Southampton’s teaching hospital on Saturday.

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Viewers' pictures as temperatures stay in the 80s

Temperatures are sizzling in the South - hotter than in Portugal or Spain, with a high expected today of 86F.

Swanage in Dorset
Here's how it's looking in Swanage today Credit: Robin Boultwood

Yesterday, the South was the hottest place in the country - 29.9C (85F) - in the Solent, in Hampshire. Will it last?

Send your summer pictures, in our region, to our website itvnewsmeridian@itv.com

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Surgeons "make new knee cartilage" to help arthritis

Surgeons have created a new knee operation which could prevent the development of arthritis.

The procedure, which is being trialled in Southampton, includes coating damaged cartilage with stem cells.

The video, courtesy of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, talks through how the operation works with surgeon Mr Gorav Datta.

Cholesterol warning for the under-40s

High cholesterol is often associated with older, overweight people. But experts are warning thousands under 40 could be suffering from it but have never been diagnosed. Now a campaign has begun to get more people tested. David Wood talks to ITV presenter Anna Williamson, nutrition scientist Dr Rob Winwood and GP and broadcaster, Dr Hilary Jones.

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Kent hospital will remain in special measures

Medway Hospital
Inside Medway Hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

A hospital in Kent will remain in special measures, Health Secretary Jeemy Hunt has announced.

Mr Hunt told the House of Commons that most of the hospital trusts that were put into special measures a year ago have shown significant improvements.

However, Medway Hospital will remain in special measures because it has failed to substantially improve

From October more care services across England will now face a "tough" new inspection regime he said.

The services that are rated inadequate face being put into "special measures" and if they fail to make improvements following this they could be shut down, he will add.

Putting hospital trusts in special measures was a move introduced as part of the Government's response to the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Oxford University reveals new study on Alzheimer's Disease

New research on Vitamin B Credit: ITV news

Taking B vitamins won't prevent Alzheimer's disease according to researchers at Oxford University. One trial undertaken four years ago showed - for some - it had an effect on the rate of brain shrinkage.

But new clinical trials involving 20,000 people show it doesn't slow mental decline nor is it likely to prevent the disease.Dr Robert Clarke from Oxford University who led the work said: "It would have been nice to have found something different

"Our study draws a line under the debate: B vitamins don't reduce cognitive decline as we age. Taking folic acid and vitamin B-12 is sadly not going to prevent Alzheimer's disease."

He added " It's better to have a balanced diet - eat more fruit and vegetables, avoid too much red meat and too many calories."

The study was funded by the British Heart Foundation, the UK Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the UK Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health. The findings are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Parents accept hospital apology after daughter dies

Anabelle Shepherd who died on Christmas Day 2012 Credit: Lee and Leanne Shepherd

Lee and leanne Shepherd have accepted an apology and a £30,000 settlement after Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said their daughter Anabelle's death could have been avoided with appropriate care.

The couple’s acceptance of the settlement was on condition that it came with a written apology and admission that 22 month-old Anabelle would not have died when she did, if she had been given appropriate care at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QAH), Portsmouth.

Anabelle, who had a rare genetic condition, was admitted to QAH in Cosham with lethargy, four months after a bone marrow transplant.

She received treatment but her condition worsened. Anabelle was transferred to intensive care at Southampton General Hospital two days later, where she later died.

Mr and Mrs Shepherd, believe Anabelle was ‘let down at the final hurdle’ due to failings by QAH staff.

They said an incorrect diagnosis of gastroenteritis, delayed blood tests and treatment with oral instead of intravenous antibiotics at the hospital meant their daughter’s condition deteriorated.

The QAH has said it has changed procedures for dealing with similar patients since Annabelle’s death and given reassurances that changes have been made to hospital procedures to minimise the risk of similar failures affecting other families.

MS sufferers embark on global voyage

A man from Gosport is part of a team of inspirational sailors setting off on a global sailing trip - crewed with people who live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The yacht, called Oceans of Hope, will be the first to circumnavigate the world crewed by MS sufferers and - by doing so - hope to change the perceptions of what people with MS can achieve.

Andrew Pate joined the crew when the yacht docked in Portsmouth.

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