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Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 2

Updated Thursday 28th March 2013

In episode two of this landmark series, find out the things the NHS can fix and those long-term conditions it can't.

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Alan and Ann Billinghurst at Guys Hospital Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Garden Productions Alan and Ann Billinghurst at Guys Hospital

About the episode

The ground-breaking 8-part series that tells the story of a single day in the NHS; 100 camera crews were dispatched across the country to capture how this giant institution collides with every aspect of life in Britain. Through the experience of patients and staff, each film reveals the grief, frustration, heroism and joy evident in the NHS every single day.

This second film in the series features the anxious parents in a Neo-Natal Unit awaiting news from a critical scan and an ex-boxing champion battling his demons at a welsh detox clinic. In Essex, Susan struggles with her husband's worsening dementia while in London, Alan prepares for his first ever operation in which he'll donate a kidney to wife, Ann.

The film shows those things the NHS can fix and those long-term conditions it can't - where the burden of care often falls on loved ones.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day can be seen on BBC Two on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 9pm. Full schedule and iPlayer links are on bbc.co.uk. Read more about the current series.

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