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
Filming took place in:
- 88 NHS services including hospital departments, GP,
District Nurses etc
- 26 Counties
- 32 Hospitals