Ethel Fawcett at James Cook Hospital
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Baby's life saved in makeshift area at busy James Cook University Hospital

Winter is the busiest time of the year for the NHS, and BBC Look North is taking a look at how health services in the north-east of England are coping.

Earlier this month at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough surgeons had to create an emergency "operating area" to save the life of baby Ethel Fawcett who had been admitted after her heart stopped.

Senior medical staff at the South Tees Trust, Dr Mike Tremlett and Dr Ginny Birrell, told Sharon Barbour about what they had done to make sure they could treat Ethel at the hospital and the effects of the pressures on them.

And Ethel's father David said: "You only think about things like beds when it affects you."

BBC Look North is running a series of special reports on the winter pressures facing the NHS at 18:.30 each evening on BBC One

  • 15 Dec 2015
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