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Keeping Britain Alive

Keeping Britain Alive

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - BBC2 at 9.00 pm, starting TONIGHT!

Every day more than one and a half million of us are treated by the NHS in England alone. It's the world's largest free healthcare system and Britain's biggest institution. The NHS collides with every walk of life in Britain, from birth right through to death.

So what would it make us think if were to see what the NHS does on a single day?  On Thursday 18th October 2012, 100 camera crews were dispatched across the UK to film every corner of the NHS from cancer units to bariatric wards, air ambulances to neuro-surgery, following everyone from Jeremy Hunt to a remote island GP.  The resulting eight-part-series shows the extraordinary breadth of demands that are placed on this vast system on one single day.

Here at Central Manchester we had three crews with us on the day.  Filming took place with our undergraduate education team as they practice cardiac arrest calls; our support staff such as domestics and catering were filmed behind the scenes; filming followed one of our consultants as he carried out cataract surgery; and a third crew spent a full 24 hours in the Manchester Heart Centre, filming what happens when a patient is brought in with a suspected heart attack.

  • 100 camera crews took part in filming.
  • 1217 hours of footage were recorded on the day.

Filming took place in:

  • 88 NHS services including hospital departments, GP, District Nurses etc
  • 26 Counties
  • 32 Hospitals