Specialist swine flu unit at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester
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Inside Manchester's specialist swine flu unit

10 January 2011 Last updated at 22:22 GMT

The BBC has been given access to a ward at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, which is helping to save the lives of some of the worst swine flu cases in the UK.

The technology there is more typically used to keep transplant patients alive.

The BBC's North West Tonight's Dave Guest reports.