By Lucy Ashton
The incredible work of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s frontline heroes will be showcased once again in a popular Channel 4 documentary series.
Returning for series two, Rescue: Extreme Medics has been given exclusive access to the Scottish Trauma Network, including the Major Trauma Centres at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children.
The first episode of the series airs on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday, 15th May.
Each programme follows highly-skilled medics as they use helicopters and rapid-response cars to deliver advanced hospital treatment at the scenes of the most serious of accidents, in some of the most challenging landscapes in Scotland.
Whether on a remote island, a windswept mountainside, or a tourist-packed coastal road, viewers can see the crucial, minute-by-minute decisions made to save lives. Using cameras that are worn by the medics and with new unique access to the trauma teams, viewers will experience what medics do as they save lives on-scene.
The series also features in-depth interviews with the families and loved ones of the patients to reveal how the accidents happened and provide an insight into the emotional impact of the trauma.
Dr Scott Davidson, Deputy Medical Director for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “I would like to thank all of our staff for taking part in the second series of Rescue: Extreme Medics. Every day our colleagues save lives and provide exceptional care not only our patients but to their families too. This high standard of person-centred care has once again been captured, in such a unique and emotional way, and we’re all looking forward to the series airing.”
Dr Jennifer Armstrong, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Medical Director said: “Our staff were once again pleased to be part of Rescue: Extreme Medics, following the successful first series, to give people the opportunity to see the life-saving and life-changing work that goes on each day in our hospitals. NHSGGC staff work tirelessly to provide the highest standards of care possible to our patients and their families, and it makes us all so proud to see their remarkable work showcased in this way.”
As well as having access to NHSGGC’s Major Trauma Centres, the work of medics in NHS Grampian is also highlighted.
Produced by Glasgow-based factual indie Firecrest Films, this 360-degree insight into trauma is set against the backdrop of Scotland’s epic and wild landscape and captures dramatic and emotional stories in a way that has never been seen before.
Will Rowson, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 Documentaries, said “I’m delighted that Rescue: Extreme Medics is coming back. Establishing a 9pm returning documentary series is good news for Scotland and great news for Channel 4. It’s an exciting and distinctive brand, capable of telling stories from seriously under-represented parts of the UK. It’s also special access that has matured over time and this latest instalment is all the more gripping because of that.”
Michael McAvoy, Head of Documentary at Firecrest Films, said: “At the heart of this series are the magnificent medical teams who go to extraordinary lengths to save lives in such incredibly difficult surroundings. Our unique access and our use of kit, such as bodycams, give viewers the chance to be almost right by the medics as they undertake complex medical procedures in challenging and remote locations across Scotland. Rescue: Extreme Medics is unique as it shows different medical departments all working together. In this series, you see stories that take you from traumas on the hillside, to surgery in hospital and then the rehab that gets patients home.”
Rescue: Extreme Medics airs on Monday, 15th of May, at 9pm on Channel 4.
Top pic: Helipad was designed into the roof at Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Children’s Hospitals which serve West Dunbartonshire.