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Black History Month marked across the South

Black History Month is being marked at venues across the south and one college in particular is pulling out all the stops.

In Southampton, they're marking 10 years' of events where students at City College have been learning about the struggles and successes of multi-cultural communities.

This afternoon, they kicked off four weeks of music, dance and exhibitions. Kerry Swain was there


Wednesday afternoon's forecast in the east of the region with Lucy Verasmy

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A touch cooler for Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and South Essex for the 1st day of October, but the autumn sunshine will continue this afternoon.

We will see the cloud filter through as the afternoon progresses, with cloud coming and going. It'll feel mild outside, with highs of 20 degrees celcius

Midwives across the region to join strike action

Midwives gear up for industrial action Credit: ITV news

Midwives in the region will be joining others across the country in strike action on the 13th October. It's in a dispute with the government over pay. Eighty two percent of the Royal College of Midwives members backed the four hour walkout.

It was the first time the college balloted for industrial action, and it will be the first time in its 133 year history that members will go on strike. The RCM says it is meeting with employers to ensure mothers and babies are not put at risk during the industrial action.


"New era of patient care" promised in Surrey and Berkshire

New role for Frimley Park Hospital Credit: ITV news

Two troubled hospitals in Berkshire will be officially taken over today by Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.

The hospital which was last week rated as outstanding will provide services for patients at Wexham Park in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

Today marks the launch of England's newest NHS foundation trust running hospital services for nearly a million people across four counties. Frimley Health promises to be "a new era for patient care"

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust will provide a wide range of services to patients in Hampshire, Surrey, east Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire. Final approval for the new organisation was confirmed by Monitor, the foundation trust regulator, last week which brings together Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley.

Chief Executive Andrew Morris said: "Today marks a new beginning. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a major difference to the way we deliver healthcare to our communities in the future. We have put in place new management structure and along with strong clinical leadership, we will be focusing on enhancing the quality of care for our patients, ensuring we deliver against targets, working more efficiently and improving things for staff - I believe that happy staff equals great patient care"

Last week, Frimley Park Hospital was the first in England to be awarded an 'outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission.

Friends plan fundraiser in memory of Surrey cyclist

Kris Cook suffered a heart attack while taking part in Ride London Credit: ITV Meridian

The friends of a cyclist who died during a fundraising ride will run a half marathon in his memory. Thirty-six-year-old Kris Cook, from Surrey, suffered heart failure whilst cycling in the Ride London event in August. His partner and seven others will run the Surrey Half Marathon next year to raise money for the Woking Hospice.

New film charts the highs and lows of Spandau Ballet

More than 3 decades ago Spandau Ballet were breaking onto the music scene but, after conquering the charts they took a 20 year break.

Now, they're back and tomorrow at cinemas across the Meridian region they're premiering a new film which includes the band's archive, charting their highs and lows. David Wood caught up with them.

Find out which of your local cinemas are showing the film here

Frimley Park Hospital rated as outstanding

One of our hospitals has become the first in the country to be awarded an 'outstanding' rating from inspectors.

Frimley Park was awarded the accolade for its Accident and Emergency unit, surgery and critical care Departments and end of life support.

The hospital serves more than 400,000 people across north-east Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, although its catchment for some services - such as treatment for heart attacks - is much wider.

So what's behind Frimley Park's success and can other hospitals in our region learn from it? Divya Kohli has been finding out.

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