27th Jul, 2021

New series of BBC documentary to go behind the scenes at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

A BBC documentary which showcases University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire is returning for another series.

Filming is now under way for series seven of the BBC Two show which will air in the spring.

The recommission follows the critically-acclaimed sixth series and the RTS nominated two-part Hospital Special: Fighting Covid-19, both of which were filmed at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust throughout the first and second waves of the pandemic.

Hospital has also previously filmed at the Imperial College Healthcare Trust London and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and across six Trusts in Liverpool.

The programme looks at the everyday, personal experiences of workers and patients alike, telling the story of the NHS in unprecedented times – a year spent reacting to the pandemic has left nearly 5million people waiting for routine operations and procedures in England alone.

In determining who to treat first, doctors are forced to make incredibly difficult decisions.

The show gives viewers an intimate look at a community facing the challenges of Covid-19, as well as unprecedented safe access to the Trust that delivered the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine.

This series of Hospital captures the NHS at a pivotal moment, when access to care has never been more fraught with difficulties.

The new series of Hospital will focus on the stories of the local patients and clinicians who, like NHS staff across the country, face many new challenges in addressing these record waiting lists, staffing shortages and balancing routine care alongside the management of covid-19 safe protocols.

Commissioning editor Emma Loach said: “During these unprecedented times, Hospital is an incredibly important series that is able to take viewers right to the frontline of the NHS and reveal the challenges faced with urgency and humanity.

“I’d like to thank the staff and patients at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for giving us access and their openness in making the series.”

Jackie Waldock, Executive Producer of Hospital said: “It is a real privilege to be given access to the NHS at such a tense and pivotal moment in its history.

“Those on the frontlines in our hospitals face an ongoing battle and to be granted such an intimate view into their day-to-day is deeply important to our understanding of the scope of the obstacles they face and the challenges still ahead of us in the fight against Covid.”

Prof Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer at UHCW NHS Trust, said: “This is undoubtedly a vital time in the history of the NHS with the UK’s entire health system coming together to respond to and recover from arguably the greatest challenge it has ever faced.

“Our amazing team works tirelessly to ensure that we always put our patients first as we face the continuing demands of Covid-19 head-on, alongside crucial work to restore our services in a safe and effective way. We are honoured to be able to share a look inside this momentous journey with the public.”

Series seven of Hospital was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Director Factual and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion. The Commissioning Editors are Emma Loach and Sam White. It is Executive Produced by Jackie Waldock for Label1 Television.

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