OU on the BBC: Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - About the series

What can happen in a single day? Watch the new BBC Two observational documentary series Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day.

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

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About the series

The NHS is Britain’s biggest, best-known institution – and more of a constant in our lives than any other. Caring for us from when we are a mere blue line on a pregnancy test until the moment we’re a flat-line on a heart monitor, state-provided healthcare collides with every walk of life and every human story.

This new observational documentary series will chronicle the life of the NHS in a single day. Follow the stories of the staff and patients in this one specific moment in time.

The most recent programme

Episode eight takes a look at the country’s single biggest killer – heart disease.

Take it further

Inspired by the series? Find out about studying health and social care at The Open University.

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