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Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 1

Updated Monday, 18th March 2013

The first of a landmark eight-part series, filmed on a single day in the NHS. 

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About the episode

One hundred camera crews filming across the country, capture the extraordinary breadth of demands placed on the country’s biggest institution on just one day at a critical time in its history. On this day 1,300 of us will die, 2,000 will be born and 1.5 million of us will be treated.

In the first episode alone, this groundbreaking portrait of our national health service moves across the country revealing how the NHS copes with the growing demands of obesity, old age and cancer among others.

While Matron Liz deals with 130 patients through her doors in a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) in Birmingham, patient Lynn’s weight-loss surgery in Chichester is interrupted by a devastating discovery. Further north in Leeds, stroke doctors use a revolutionary treatment to save the speech and movement of 64-year-old Graham.

The series provokes profound questions about what the NHS does for us now and what we expect of it in the future.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day can be seen on BBC Two on Tuesday 26th March 2013 at 9pm. Full schedule and iPlayer links are on . Read more about the current series or explore the game-changing events in health care with our interactive feature.  





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