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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 advice from the NHS to cancel all non-urgent surgery is taking a heavy toll at Nottingham University Hospitals. Cameras follow Val, a 55-year-old mouth cancer patient, and Dilip Srinivasan, the surgeon fighting to see her operation goes ahead despite the new NHS ruling. Also featured is orthopaedic consultant surgeon Tony Westbrook, who has had most of his routine surgical list cancelled.
On most days in winter, the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queen's Medical Centre is full. Intensive care is often the last resort for very sick children, a place that can keep them alive while doctors work on making them better. It's also where children undergoing the most serious surgery come to recuperate. It's the job of lead consultant paediatrician Patrick Davies to balance the ever increasing demands that are made on the over-flowing unit every day. Lack of children's intensive care beds is a nationwide problem. Four-year-old Esme is rushed to Queens Medical Centre from Hull, 90 miles away, when her closest intensive care units in Leeds and Sheffield are both completely full. She is suffering from septic shock, an extreme form of sepsis, a life threatening condition that occurs when the body reacts to an infection by damaging its own organs. Patrick and the team must stabilise her so that her life is out of danger.
Cancer operations at Nottingham University Hospitals are under threat of being cancelled as the Trust has run out of beds. As people lie on trollies waiting to be admitted into A&E, hundreds of mostly-elderly patients are stuck in hospital. They are well enough to leave, but must wait either for a place in a residential home or for the appropriate care packages to be set up to support them in their own homes. 93-year-old Ray has dementia and will need a package of care to help him once he is back at home. After ten weeks, social services organise a care package but doubts arise about his ability to cope at home on his own. 89-year-old Jean has been waiting for the package of care that will allow her to go home. Her flat will need to be decluttered before it is deemed safe enough, but Jean's keys are missing, so she is offered a temporary place in a residential home until they are found. However her social worker is concerned that a residential home is not right for her.
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