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Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day, featuring Alder Hey

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital will be appearing in an exciting new BBC2 series from Tuesday 26 March. Covering life, death and everything in between, Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day captures the vivid patchwork of human experience – the grief, heroism, tragedy relief, joy, bitterness, hilarity, frustration, compassion, tedium and selflessness – that is evident across the NHS every single day.

On Thursday 18 October 2012, 100 camera crews were dispatched across the UK to film every corner of the NHS from cancer units to bariatric wards, air ambulances to neurosurgery, following everyone from Jeremy Hunt to a remote island GP. The resulting eight-part-series shows the extraordinary breadth of demands that are placed on this vast system on one single day.

Three of these crews were sent to Alder Hey to film the specialist care taking place in the hospital’s specialist cardiac and neurosurgery teams.

The Neurosurgical Unit at Alder Hey provides surgical treatment for brain and spine disorders both nationally and internationally for children up to the age of 18. The unit performs around 500 surgeries per year and sees almost 4000 outpatients. Children who visit the Unit may require neurosurgery for a variety of reasons including: spasticity, hydrocephalus, head injuries, surgical treatment of epilepsy and craniofacial abnormalities.

Consultant neurosurgeons Sasha Burn and Conor Mallucci were both followed by a crew and are set to feature in the series over the next eight weeks.

Alder Hey’s Cardiac Unit is a major referral centre and is the Cardiac Paediatric Surgical Centre for children with all forms of heart disease from Merseyside, the North West Region, North and Mid Wales and the Isle of Man. A centre of excellence, the Unit cares for patients with various heart conditions which include all complex forms of congenital heart disease in neonates.

A camera crew for the series filmed Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Ram Dhannapuneni and Alder Hey’s cardiac theatre team as they operated on six month old Kyran King.

Kyran’s mum Gemma Mason said: “From day one Alder Hey has provided a welcoming and comfortable environment during Kyran’s care. His surgeon Ram has done an amazing job and we felt very reassured that he was in good hands at every step of the way.

“It’s important that people have the chance to see great surgical care in action and appreciate the fantastic work Alder Hey and others in the NHS are providing for us all. It has certainly been an experience watching my little boy go through his operations but to be told his future is bright makes it all worthwhile.”

Look out for Alder Hey on ‘Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day’, Tuesday’s, 9pm on BBC2

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