BBC Midlands Today
A University Hospitals Birmingham facility has been recognised as a centre of excellence for patient care.Copyright: Reuters
The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission was praised following an exercise designed to recognise and award neuro-oncology centres for their excellence.
Facilities were measured on a range of criteria including excellent clinical practice and training opportunities; emphasis on patient quality of life; providing clinical trials and offering a high standard of research opportunities.Quote Message: The human-centred way in which care is organised in the centre of excellence is what you would want for any person that you loved most in the world. They are the places that I would have wanted my mum [Tessa Jowell] to have been treated and any person could know that their most loved one is getting the best possible treatment and care from Jess Mills Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission co-founder
Today is expected to be dry with a good deal of cloud. It will feel chilly under the cloud with light winds of variable direction. Highs of 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).
Tonight will be dry and cloudy throughout. Mist and fog patches will develop overnight under calm conditions. A cold night with light winds. Lows of 2 to 5C (36 to 41F).
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A floral mosaic at a Birmingham medical centre serves as a coronavirus tribute to NHS staff.
By Elizabeth Glinka
BBC West Midlands Political Editor
Last night’s meteor, visible over the West Midlands, was caused by a piece of asteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere, according to scientists from the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll).
The fireball sent a sonic boom across southern England, the organisation said.
Dr Luke Daly of the University of Glasgow and UKFAll said: “This meteor fragmented a lot, as you can see in the videos.
"Most of the meteoroid vapourised during the six seconds of visible flight. However, with this one we think quite a few fragments probably reached the ground”.
What's been reported as a meteor was captured on CCTV and on doorbell cameras last night, an astronomer has said.
The bright streak across the sky was spotted shortly before 22:00 and was visible for around seven seconds, said astronomer Andrew Lound.
The debris which hit the earth's atmosphere was "probably only the size of a pebble," he said.
Posts on social media show it was spotted in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Solihull.
It will be a dull, grey day with lingering patches of fog and cloud with highs of 8°C (46°F).Copyright: BBC
Infections have "continued to decrease" across the UK in the week to 19 February, the latest figures from the ONS infection survey suggest.Copyright: BBC
In the West Midlands, one in 140 people are estimated to be testing positive for coronavirus in the period.
At England level, one in 145 people are estimated to be testing positive for the coronavirus compared with one in 115 last week.
About 97% of people aged over 70 in the region have received a Covid-19 vaccine but there is concern that take-up is lower among some ethnic minority groups and people who live in poorer neighbourhoods.