Episode 1 - 26 March 2018
Series Three of 'Hospital' started at the beginning of January 2018, when the first signs of the huge demand for our services really started to show.
Episode One looked at the pressures facing NUH, through the story of an 86-year old patient with dementia. She had been in hospital for two months as arrangements were made with her family to get her to her care home of choice.
It also looked at the highly-skilled surgical procedures that NUH excels in, and follows a 12-year-old patient who is able to have his spinal surgery, despite the pressures on services, after two previous cancellations.
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Meet the team from Episode 1
Caroline Shaw, Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Shaw arguably has the most difficult job in NUH. A midwife and nurse by background, Caroline is now responsible for the effective running of the hospital as well as its performance. Under her leadership NUH must ensure that it is able to provide the best quality of care for the thousands of people who every week come to QMC and City Hospital for treatment.
Caroline’s story in Hospital
In episode one, Caroline Shaw returns from holiday to find NUH is facing unprecedented levels of demand for emergency admissions. As a consequence, beds are at a premium as staff try to ensure that patients who are fit to go home can, and there are enough beds for those patients who need to be admitted. This isn’t just happening in Nottingham but in hospitals all over England and as a result, NHS England issues an unprecedented directive to cancel all elective and non-emergency operations.
As the person in charge, it is Caroline Shaw’s job to ensure that patients receive the best possible care, despite the pressures.
“I wouldn’t want to be stuck in A&E for more than 4 hours, would you?”
Mike Grevitt Consultant Spinal Surgeon
Mike has a national and international reputation as a highly skilled surgeon. Expert in everything from lower back pain to breaking people's spines and realigning them to treat scoliosis, he is recognised by fellow consultants as one of the leading spinal surgery clinicians. He is dedicated, quiet, calm and thoughtful. He has been a consultant at NUH for over 20 years.
Mike’s story in Hospital
Mike is the consultant responsible for giving 12-year-old Keilan his life back.
One of the last operations that Mike will do before retiring, Keilan suffers from scoliosis, a severe curvature of the spine. The longer he waits for his operation, the more serious his condition becomes. Keilan’s operation has been cancelled twice before due to a shortage of intensive care beds, which he will need to help him recover after his surgery. With winter pressures biting across the hospital, Keilan’s family fear it will be cancelled again as they come to NUH to prepare with Mike and his team for the operation that could change Keilan’s life.