University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust is the sole focus of a new documentary Critical Condition, which takes an up-close, unflinching and immersive look at the critical moments when patients in a life-threatening condition come through the hospital's doors.
Filmed at Royal Stoke University Hospital during autumn 2018, Critical Condition showcases the relentless fast pace of the department's daily workload in a way never seen before on television.
The gripping series, filmed with extraordinary access to the hospital's Major Trauma Centre and other specialist emergency departments, charts the vital interventions, actions and medical strategies that UHNM's specialist consultants and their teams experience while delivering immediate life-saving care.
Each episode provides an insight into the decision making and actions of our caring and dedicated clinicians, when dealing with the daily pressures of gravely ill or seriously injured patients.
RSUH is recognised for its expertise in extreme trauma and is one of only 22 specialist centres in the UK; with patients frequently arriving by air ambulance, from across the region and further afield in North Wales, to receive treatment following major accidents and for life-threatening conditions.
Throughout the series, the types of trauma seen vary immensely with patients being treated for everything from multiple stab wounds, to cardiac arrest, discovering they have a brain tumour, hitting a wall in a motorcycle sidecar at over 100 miles per hour, to a man suffering horrendous injuries due to a machete attack.
Reflecting the emotionally draining fast-paced daily workload, the series puts viewers right at the heart of this life and death battle. It's a powerful, moving and ultimately awe-inspiring look at how our staff work to save the lives of their sickest and most injured patients.
With only the consultants and their teams talking on camera and discussions with the patients and their relatives, Critical Condition is an unprecedented and emotive first-hand glimpse behind the scenes.