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Filmed over six weeks during the past three months, Hospital is the story of the NHS in unprecedented times.Edited and broadcast within weeks of filming, this timely six part series for BBC Two will capture the day-to-day realities facing the NHS right now.With exceptional access to one of the UK's biggest and busiest NHS Trusts, Hospital will bring audiences intensely close to the issues and challenges that continually dominate the headlines.Each episode will show with exceptional candour the ever-increasing demands on the NHS's services, from intricate and morally complex medical ethics to health tourism; from A&E overcrowding to cancelled operations.Shown from multiple perspectives and for the first time, the audience will see the extraordinary dilemmas and decision-making which happen every day for the consultants, surgeons and bed managers, all of which have profound consequences for patients and treatments.Crews shot across five hospitals in Imperial College Healthcare Trust London to understand the complex decision making and the impact each one can have, following the key decision makers as they attempt to care for nearly 20,000 people every week. But standing in their way are limited resources, an increasing number of emergency patients and a clock that never stops ticking. Produced in partnership with The Open University.
The documentary returns to follow the day-to-day realities the NHS faces in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, following staff and patients at London's Royal Free Trust from the first day of the lockdown. The Royal Free Hospital's emergency department is inundated with patients displaying symptoms, among them 88-year-old Peter, who is struggling for breath. He is quickly put on oxygen and moved to what was the coronary care unit, but has now become a ward for covid-positive patients.
The second of two programmes following hospital staff treating Covid-19 cases features patients who are on dialysis or who have recently had a transplant, and as such are among the most vulnerable to the virus. Royal Free London faces a near catastrophic breakdown of oxygen supply, while an infectious diseases consultant starts a trial of an anti-viral drug used in the treatment of Ebola.
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