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Doctors make breakthrough in brain injuries study

Doctors in Southampton have developed a brain pressure test that can detect life-threatening head injuries and infections - without the need for surgery or spinal procedures.

The method involves patients wearing headphones with an ear plug linked to a computer, which enables doctors to measure fluid pressure in the skull.

The device known as the cerebral and cochlear fluid pressure (CCFP) analyser is being used to study healthy volunteers at Southampton General Hospital in Hampshire.

"We know that high pressure inside the skull resulting from injuries and infections can be fatal, so it is essential it is detected as early as possible to avoid exacerbating symptoms and ensure treatment can begin promptly.

"Current methods for testing ICP (intracranial pressure) require procedures to be carried out under sedation or anaesthetic, which means they are limited to the most severe cases and those with less obvious initial symptoms often go undetected until their symptoms have worsened.

"However, as our CCFP (cerebral and cochlear fluid pressure) device does not require a patient to do anything other than wear a set of headphones with an ear plug, it has the potential to provide rapid, accurate and safe assessments to patients in much larger numbers than is currently possible."

– Dr Robert Marchbanks, consultant clinical scientist

Four motorcyclists in hospital after A32 collision

Four motorcyclists are in Southampton General Hospital tonight after a collision in West Meon near Fareham - with one having been airlifted to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Hampshire Police are investigating the accident on the A32 towards Fareham just before 8pm. The road will remain closed for a few hours. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to call them on 101 quoting Operation Direction.

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Powerboat crash teenager 'stable and improving'

The speedboat flipped over shortly after 8am Credit: Daniel Ubertini/Solent News

It's being reported that a teenager, critically injured after the prototype powerboat he was in crashed in the Solent, is out of immediate danger in hospital.

Simon Dredge suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash on Wednesday.

He was travelling in the boat along with three other professional crew including his father Peter, a champion powerboat racer.

Powerboat company, Vector World said the boat was on its first test run when it overturned.

A spokeswoman said: "We are encouraged to hear that Simon is stable and improving."

Peter Dredge, Simon Wood-Power, a powerboat racer and Lee Hurst, a powerboat engineer were all taken to Southampton General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

They have since been discharged.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated Credit: ITV Meridian

New accommodation block for child patients' families

Accommodation will house families visiting sick children

A seven million pound new accommodation block at Southampton General Hospital will be officially opened today.

The fifty-three bedroom Ronald McDonald House provides a place to stay for the relatives of children in hospital. Families who have stayed there say it has been 'invaluable'.

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Teenager fighting for his life after powerboat crash

A teenage boy is fighting for his life in hospital after a terrifying speedboat crash off the south coast.

Three other people on the powerboat were seriously injured when the vessel hit a navigation buoy and flipped over.

It happened at around 8.20am just outside the Hamble River, close to the Warsash Maritime Academy. The coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent and two RNLI lifeboat crews from Calshot raced to the scene. The Coastguard said it had received multiple 999 calls from onlookers on the beach who saw the accident or its aftermath.

Divya Kohli has our report.

Calshot RNLI volunteers took part in speedboat rescue

One of Calshot RNLI's lifeboats Credit: Calshot RNLI

‘We arrived within minutes to find a nearby workboat had managed to pull all four occupants of the speedboat from the water. Our RNLI crew members, which included a paramedic, immediately went aboard the workboat and began treating all four people who were injured. Three of them had suffered head injuries with one serious.’

‘A rescue helicopter then winched down a paramedic to our D-class RNLI lifeboat who was then taken aboard the workboat to help treat the injured.’

– Mark Weatherhead, Calshot RNLI Helmsman

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Speedboat accident eyewitness: "The front end dug in & it flipped over"

An eyewitness has been describing the dramatic moment that a speedboat hit a buoy, flipped over and hit the waterinjuring four people in Southampton Water just off the mouth of the River Hamble in Hampshire.

The incident happened at about 8.20am. The four people on board the boat were all injured.The South Central Ambulance service said that one male teenager - in a life-threatening condition, and three other people were taken to Southampton General Hospital by road.

The interviewees are eyewitness Gary Pullen; and Acting Inspector Wendy Douglas from Hampshire Police.

Ambulance service: 'thoughts are with those injured'

Speedboat flipped over & capsized, rescue crews called

Speedboat flipped over shortly after 8am Credit: Daniel Ubertini/Solent News

Four people injured after a lifeboat capsized just outside the Hamble River have been taken to Southampton General Hospital.

The UK Coastguard said it had received several 999 calls from the public reporting that a speedboat had crashed into a cardinal marker - a buoy - and turned over just outside the Hamble River and near the Warsash Maritime Academy.

The Search and Rescue helicopter based at Lee-on-Solent and both RNLI lifeboats from Calshot were called to the scene. The emrgency crews reported that all four people on board the boat suffered injuries.

Map of the accident location in Hampshire Credit: Bing

Our rescue assets were on scene quickly. All four people were transferred by lifeboat to the shore, they are all being taken to Southampton General hospital by road ambulance.

The Police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.

– James Way, Maritime Operations Controller, Coastguard
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