Southmead Hospital emergency medics to feature in BBC documentary

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Emergency staff from Southmead Hospital Bristol are set to feature in BBC documentary An Hour To Save Your Life.

The programme focuses on the work of clinicians in the first hour of emergency care and follows the treatment of patients from the point of the initial 999 call.

The third series of the critically-acclaimed BBC 2 show, which will be broadcast from Tuesday (August 9), features several Major Trauma Centres, including North Bristol NHS Trust.

A crew from Boundless Productions followed paramedics and doctors from Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and the trauma team based at Southmead between November 2015 and February 2016.

Staff from North Bristol NHS Trust's Emergency Department are set to appear on BBC Two series An Hour To Save Your Life

Adults who suffer serious multiple injuries such as head injuries, life-threatening wounds and multiple fractures in the Severn region - which includes Bristol, Swindon, Somerset and Gloucestershire - are brought to Southmead Hospital’s Emergency Department for major trauma care.

The Major Trauma Centre provides specialised care to consultant-led specialist teams with access to leading diagnostic and treatment facilities including orthopaedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, critical care, anaesthetic and radiology teams.

National Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) data shows that the North Bristol NHS Trust service has reported the best survival rates of any Major Trauma Centre in England for the last nine quarters.

The hospital features in two episodes of the forthcoming series of An Hour to Save Your Life, which focuses on the medical interventions that are carried out, particularly in the crucial first hour of a patient’s care.

North Bristol NHS Trust's Major Trauma team - the Major Trauma Centre will feature in BBC Two documentary An Hour To Save Your Life

The Emergency Department, Radiologists, Neurosurgeons and Intensive Care at Southmead Hospital feature in the series.

Episode two of the four-part series follows a young woman who was brought to Southmead Hospital after suffering head injuries following a road traffic collision and a man involved in an incident with a fork lift truck.

In the third episode a horse rider is brought to Southmead by air ambulance after suffering a fall.

Clinical lead for the Major Trauma Centre, Dr Ben Walton said: “An Hour To Save Your Life has been a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the work of our Major Trauma service at North Bristol NHS Trust and how the different teams here work together to give patients the very best chance of survival when they have suffered multiple injuries that could lead to death or serious disability.

"The success of our Major Trauma Centre relies on the expertise of specialists across the hospital working together to achieve the best outcomes for our patients, from the clinicians who see people when they come into the Emergency Department to the surgeons, doctors, nursing and rehabilitation teams who support them after suffering serious multiple injuries.”

Lead Emergency Medicine Consultant, Dr Leilah Dare, who features in the second episode, said: “Working in the Emergency Department we see a diverse range of patients and reasons for them being here. We do not know who will come through the doors of the hospital when we start a shift and have to be ready for anything.

“Having the An Hour To Save Your Life film crew in the department with us has given us the opportunity to show people what we do and how we work together as a team to do our best to both save the lives of patients and minimise the impact of the injuries they have suffered.

“We are excited to be featured in the programme so we can show people the excellent care we provide, and hope viewers like being given a glimpse of what goes on inside the Emergency Department.” 

Southmead Hospital will feature in episodes two and three of An Hour To Save Your Life, with the first of these due to be broadcast on BBC Two on August 16.

For more information visit the An Hour To Save Your Life programme website.