BBC Factual has commissioned Saving Lives In Leeds, a new 8’x60” medical doc series for BBC2 and iPlayer, made by Hospital producer, Label1.

Over eight episodes, the series meets a group of world-leading doctors and surgeons at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as they battle through their ever-increasing waiting lists to transform the lives of their patients and decide who to treat next.

The series was filmed last year with exclusive access across one of the biggest NHS Hospital Trusts in the UK – which includes Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital.

Emma Loach, Commissioning Editor, BBC Documentaries says: “Saving Lives In Leeds will bring us closer than ever before to the clinicians facing difficult dilemmas on a daily basis and show us what they need to overcome before tackling the day job of changing people’s lives.”

Professor Phil Wood, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says: “Saving Lives in Leeds really shines a light on the outstanding people working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals carrying out remarkable and world-leading surgery.  It highlights some of the challenging decisions they make on a day-to-day basis as they work to ensure our patients get the best possible care. It’s been a really positive opportunity for us to explain the complexity behind some of the decisions we take when managing waiting lists and highlight that we always have our patients’ best interest at the heart of everything we do”.

Label1 co-founder and Exec Producer Lorraine Charker-Phillips say: “Label1 is proud to bring viewers this eye-opening new medical series with extraordinary, touching and life-affirming stories, shown through the eyes of consultants and their patients as they decide who to treat next on their waiting lists. Filmed across the whole of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, it gives unique insight into the variety of work being done across their departments, at a time when decisions around how to tackle the growing backlog have never been more important.

Saving Lives in Leeds is a 8×60 series commissioned by Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Emma Loach. It is Executive Produced for Label1 by Lorraine Charker-Phillips; Anouk Curry and Catey Sexton. The Series Editor is Helen White.

Jon Creamer

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