At the Maternity Unit in Romford's Queen's Hospital, bed seven has been joined by first-time mum-to-be Shola, who is 49 years old and expecting triplets. She is considered a high-risk pregnancy because of her age and because of it being a multiple birth.
At Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 44-year-old Lisa is having a new battery fitted to her pacemaker.
At Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, 65-year-old David has been rushed in with suspected sepsis.
In the Great North's Children's Hospital, bed 27 is expecting a four-year-old who has recently been extremely ill. Parents Sarah and Mark have rushed young Thean to the emergency department with stomach pain. Less than a month ago he suffered a life-threatening bowel blockage, and they are worried that the same thing has happened again.
Secret Life of a Hospital Bed is a unique 20-part series where across the 60-minute episodes, fixed-rig cameras tell the story of patients who enter four different hospitals across the UK. The hospitals are The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, The Queen's Hospital in Romford, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and The Great Northern Childrens Hospital in Newcastle. The circumstances, the ailment, the treatment, the length of stay – everything is personal to the individual involved. But the one constant throughout is the bed.
An unprecedented look inside Britain's hospitals.
With over 150,000 currently in use across the NHS, hospital beds witness the most important moments of our lives. Filmed over five weeks, the series features four hospitals and one of the beds in their units including: A&E, Maternity, Day Surgery and Paediatrics.
Every patient who enters hospital has a different story to tell of how and why they are there. The unique nature of the access means that viewers see the ways in which patients and staff interact, shining a spotlight onto the vital work carried out by the hospitals dedicated staff members, and giving an intimate and heart-warming portrayal of life, death, and everything in-between inside Britain's hospitals.
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