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New 10-part series showcasing major trauma care at UHCW to air on Channel 5

TV viewers will get a glimpse of the life-saving expertise offered to road traffic victims at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust in a new Channel 5 series.

A&E: Crash Scene Emergency tells the stories of patients brought to UHCW, one of the largest Major Trauma Centres in the country, as medical teams battle to treat people injured on roads and motorways.

Dramatic storylines in the 10-part series include a grandfather who suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car,  a Moto GP rider thrown off his bike at 80mph while racing at Silverstone and a motorist whose car ended up crushed underneath a tractor.

UHCW Chief Executive Officer, Professor Andy Hardy, said: “We were delighted that Channel 5 chose University Hospital, Coventry, to film A&E: Crash Scene Emergency.

“This will give us a real opportunity to show the dedication, passion and skill of our teams and the care, kindness and compassion shown to our patients. 

“We know there is a huge amount of pride in what we do and we will be able to show the world the amazing individuals that make up Team UHCW.”

The series, made by Birmingham-based Full Fat TV, shows the varied and challenging paths faced on the road to recovery.

Driven by the personal experiences of staff and patients, the programme demonstrates how different departments work together to ensure the highest quality care is received.

As well as showing the skill and precision of surgeons, the work of the Major Trauma team, Urologists, Radiologists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists are all showcased along with our Neurosciences and Emergency departments.

Federico Ruiz, Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5 and Paramount+, added: “We're delighted to be teaming up with the brave and talented medical teams at UHCW fighting daily to save the lives of people injured in shocking road traffic collisions. 

“As viewers, we’re incredibly grateful that these guys are out there helping us when things go seriously wrong on Britain’s deadly roads.”

Full Fat TV, who have made programmes such as The Bad Skin Clinic and Fresh Cops, filmed the series last summer.

University Hospital is the adult Major Trauma Centre for Central England and admits more than 1,800 patients a year with serious injuries from traffic collisions, falls and assaults.

Camera crews were also given access to the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). All staff and patients who feature consented to being filmed.

Colette Foster, Full Fat TV Chief Executive Officer, said: “University Hospital, Coventry, granted us access to follow patients from the moment they were brought into the Emergency Department through every stage of their treatment and eventual discharge.

“We’d like to thank the hugely dedicated and talented medical teams at UHCW for allowing us the privilege of filming the life-saving work they perform day in, day out.”

The first episode of A&E: Crash Scene Emergency is on Channel 5 and My5 on Monday, 15th January at 9pm.

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