Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 5

In this week's episode you will witness the challenge of taking care of people with long-term conditions, a job only likely to get tougher with an ageing population.

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

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About the episode

Agnes and Rose are in hospital in London to have brain surgery to help control their tremors which has a dramatic and immediate impact. In Blackpool, Terry, a patient in a psychiatric unit is taken on a day trip to the zoo to help assess whether he’s well enough to return to the community.  You will also meet some of the 130 chemotherapy patients that are treated at a Manchester Cancer Unit on any one day and follow Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, just six weeks into the job, being given a tour of a new cancer centre in London.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day can be seen on BBC Two on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 9pm. Full schedule and iPlayer links are on Read more about the current series.

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