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Royal London surgeons to perform operations live on TV for Channel 5

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 November 2018

Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Picture: Mike Brooke

Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

Live TV cameras are going behind the scenes at the Royal London Hospital to record how surgeons operate.

Bart's consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Kulvinder Lall. Picture: Liam ArthurBart's consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Kulvinder Lall. Picture: Liam Arthur

What the cameras see is being transmitted on Channel 5’s three-day Operation Live documentary series starting tomorrow evening.

Viewers will join surgeons and their teams in a rarely-seen side of the NHS, with two operations at the Royal London and one at Bart’s going live on air.

Nicky Campbell introduces the programmes at 10pm tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, with the public invited to submit questions to surgical experts on social media.

“Our patients and their families are supporting us with these programmes,” Barts Health NHS Trust chief medical officer Alistair Chesser said.

Royal London's consultant orthopaedic surgeon Steve Millington. Picture: Liam ArthurRoyal London's consultant orthopaedic surgeon Steve Millington. Picture: Liam Arthur

“Channel 5 is throwing a spotlight on the treatment we provide. Our surgical teams and staff are proud of the care they give patients.”

Surgeon Kulvinder Lall is performing open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve for a patient at Bart’s in the first live episode tomorrow evening.

The second live programme is an operation at the Royal London in Whitechapel on Wednesday where surgeon Steven Millington operates on a total knee replacement.

Royal London’s Prof Shafi Ahmed will be seen in the third live programme on Thursday Removing a tumour from the colon of a patient.

Royal London's consultant colorectal surgeon Prof Shafi Ahmed. Picture: Liam ArthurRoyal London's consultant colorectal surgeon Prof Shafi Ahmed. Picture: Liam Arthur

The ground-breaking TV programmes are aimed at promoting “the life-changing work that goes on day and night” in the hospitals up and down the country.

The nightly series follows negotiations by the hospital trust with Channel 5. The programmes are being produced by The Garden production company which was behind the long-running series 24 Hours in A&E filmed in south London.

Doctors at the five east London hospitals run by Barts Health performed nearly 290,000 inpatient procedures last year alone. The three this week are the first to be seen live on TV.

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