'Superb' Hospital goes behind the scenes at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
After the broadcast, viewers flocked to Twitter, calling the series "excellent", "moving" and "superb" and NHS staff and ordinary viewers were united in saying they were "so proud" of the NHS and those working for it.
BBC presenter Nick Robinson meanwhile tweeted @bbcnickrobinson:" Forget argument about whether "crisis" is word to describe pressure NHS is facing. See for self by watching superb new BBC series
Later that evening, on its feed @ImperialNHS the Trust tweeted:" Thanks to everyone who joined us to chat about #hospital tonight. Be sure to tune in next Wed 18 Jan at 9pm for episode 2 on BBC Two."
The six part series, goes behind the scenes at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, St Mary’s and the Western Eye to show the complexity of the NHS in action – including how staff are managing competing pressures and demands to ensure patients get the care they need now, as well as working to transform services to respond to changing needs.
Camera crews were on site in the hospitals for six weeks during autumn.
The Trust's Director of Communications Michelle Dixon says: "It’s not an easy decision to allow camera crews in to follow all aspects of daily life in our hospitals. But we think it’s really important to share the opportunities and challenges, the highs and the lows, with our patients and local communities.
"It’s their service as much as ours and the only way we can ensure we maintain and build on the very best of the NHS is by working together.
"The series will show the huge range of day-to-day activities, from the small acts of kindness that make a huge difference to an individual to ground-breaking research trials that change practice world-wide.
"We’re extremely grateful to the many patients, and their families and carers, as well as the staff who allowed us to show their experiences as part of the series."
The series was made by Label1, a new independent television production company whose founders have a long track record in creating ground-breaking factual programmes.
The series continues on BBC Two for the next five weeks on Wednesdays at 9pm and te first episode is now available on BBC iPlayer.
January 13, 2017