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NHS plans to avoid winter crisis

As temperatures outside drop, there are more and more hospital admissions - increasing the strain on the NHS. Fred and Sangeeta introduce a report by Mel Bloor.

Region's hospitals prepare for busy winter

As winter approaches, the pressure on our National Health Service intensifies - not just through illness but accidents too.

The number of fractures rises because of more falls and slips in the icy conditions, prompting longer waiting times.

But at Southampton General Hospital they believe they have a solution.

Sally Simmonds reports.


Autistic boy's family 'reaching breaking point'

The mother of an autistic boy says he has been deprived of almost three years of education, because of a lack of suitable schooling - and now the family is reaching breaking point. Fred and Stacey introduce our coverage.

Does cannabis oil help people with cancer?

A cancer sufferer who says her tumour has shrunk since taking cannabis oil believes a clinical trial is needed - to see if it can really help tackle the disease.

Linda Coxen believes it has prevented her needing to have chemotherapy - but there is concern amongst some in the medical profession that not enough research has been done to confirm a link.

Cancer Research are not advocates and warn about a rise in online scams - where patients trying to buy the oil have been duped out of money. But for Linda it's been a success story so far as Gareth Owen reports.

Click here for the Cancer Reserch UK website.


Four lives saved after death of young mother

Video report. A young mother of five from Sussex ,who died suddenly after a severe asthma attack, has saved the lives of four people after her death.

£140m budget shortfall threatens social care funding

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A crucial meeting will be held later to decide where £140 million worth of cuts will be made in Hampshire.

Residents will find out today if vital services such as school crossing patrols, household waste recycling plants and transport will be affected.

It's thought millions will be lost from the social care budget.

Hampshire County Council needs to make the savings by April 2019.

Sally spoke to Janet Chierchia, carer and volunteer and Cllr Roy Perry Leader, Hampshire County Council, Con.

Pensioner with a broken neck waits on floor for paramedics for six hours

A pensioner who broke her neck after a fall at home was left lying on the floor and in pain for six hours while she waited for an ambulance.

Shirley Raycraft, who's still in hospital, is from Worthing. Because her injury was rated as a category C paramedics should have been with her within 30 minutes - instead they took twelve times longer to arrive.

South East Coast Ambulance Service, which is already in special measures, has apologised.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Alan Raycraft, Baroness Angela Smith and Nigel Sweet, paramedic and UNISON steward.

Weight loss surgery 'can lead to stigma'

New research has found patients who have weight loss surgery are reluctant to tell people because of the stigma of being labelled 'cheats'.

Dr Yitka Graham spoke to 18 patients at the UK's busiest NHS bariatric surgical unit, with some saying they felt guilt at the cost of their operation. Our reporter Kris Jepson met one of the patients who took part.

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