It's a busy day at the maternity unit in Romford's Queen's Hospital. Bed 7 has been joined by Shola who is 49-years-old. Shola and her husband have wanted children for two decades and they are now expecting triplets. She's considered a high risk pregnancy because of her age and because of it being a multiple birth.
At the Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary, A&E bed 9 is ready for its next occupant. Stuart has been involved in a serious car crash. He was a passenger with his friend Tom who was driving and he's concerned that he may have damaged his right lung.
Over at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle, paediatric bed 27 in the emergency department is getting ready to meet seven-year-old Oliver who has been brought to A&E by his mum and older sister Stacey. He's fallen off his bike and his mum is worried that he may have broken his ankle.
Back at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, minor injuries bed 12 is about to see its next patient, 21-year-old James. He's come to A&E with girlfriend Mellissa with a suspected broken finger after playing rugby.
Bed 27 in Newcastle's the Great North Children's Hospital greets ten-year-old Bobby has been brought in by his mum having fallen over when walking his two dogs and gashed his head on some rocks. With any head injury there could be risk of internal bleeding, so the hospital's medical staff have to make sure Bobby is thoroughly checked over.
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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