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Surgery series shines spotlight on Addenbrooke’s

A BBC TV series that gives a unique insight into the world-class surgery undertaken at Addenbrooke’s Hospital launches next week.

Hour-long episodes of BBC Two’s ‘Surgeons: At the Edge of Life’ will run from 9pm every Wednesday from 18 January and feature complex, multi-stage, operations that push the limits of what is surgically possible.

The first episode, titled ‘Back from the brink’, captures clinicians as they treat two patients brought in following road traffic collisions, and another following a fall. One has a severed spinal cord.

It traces the immediate steps taken by highly trained trauma teams to assess and stabilise their badly injured patients, and the surgery needed to get them back on the road to recovery.

Surgeons Soumya Mukherjee and Mark Kotter in theatre
Soumya Mukherjee and Mark Kotter in theatre

First in the spotlight are Dr Soumya Mukherjee, Dr Mark Kotter, Mr Lee Van Ransburg, Mr Jai Rawal, Dr Sam Todd, Dr Rishi Rallan, Dr Adrian Boyle, Dr Svet Petkov and Dr Liam Barrett.

The series, produced by Dragonfly Film & TV (a Banijay UK company), features interviews with clinicians, powerful stories from patients and families, and a series of short vignettes that throw a spotlight on lesser known areas of hospital work and research.

Rishi Rallan in surgery Lee Van Rensburg in theatre
Rishi Rallan in surgery
Rishi Rallan
Lee Van Rensburg in theatre
Lee Van Rensburg

Much of the filming was achieved using fixed rig cameras linked to remote galleries based outside the emergency department, or within the Trust’s main theatres. This latest series follows two other highly acclaimed series of ‘Surgeons: At the Edge of Life’ filmed at Addenbrooke’s over the last two years.

Jai Rowal in theatre
Team effort - Jai Rawal (on left of operating table) with theatre colleagues

Medical director, Dr Ashley Shaw, said

Once again we want to thank our patients and families for having the courage to share their stories and bring hope and inspiration to others who may be facing similar medical challenges. I would also like to thank staff and the production team for the parts they have played in making this important documentary.

Ashley Shaw

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