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Episode 3

A day in the life of the NHS. A GP struggles with an unusual emergency on a Scottish Island and a top surgeon performs a high risk brain operation while the patient is awake.

The groundbreaking eight-part series that tells the story of a single day in the NHS. One hundred camera crews were dispatched across the country to capture how this giant institution collides with every aspect of life in Britain. Through the experience of patients and staff, each film reveals the grief, frustration, heroism and joy evident in the NHS every single day.

In the third episode: a GP struggling with an unusual medical emergency on a Scottish Island and a top surgeon performing a high risk brain operation while the patient Daryl is still awake. In London, Pat waits anxiously for his wife Laura to come round from an induced coma. This film shows the vastly different contexts in which the NHS operates; urban and rural; both the cutting edge treatment for those who are critically ill with the more everyday procedures that make up the ailments and dilemmas of modern Britain.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 7 May 2013 01:20

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Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Amy Flanagan
Executive Producer Amy Flanagan
Executive Producer Magnus Temple
Executive Producer Magnus Temple
Series Editor Zac Beattie
Series Editor Zac Beattie

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