We are delighted to be part of this new documentary series which follows our incredible staff through a shift, from world class medics saving and transforming lives, to the support teams who make it possible.
Starting on Monday (17 January) at 8pm, this six-part show features a returning cast from porters to surgeons, dental nurses to sewing room ladies, as they all pull together to deliver excellent care with their unique warmth and sense of humour.
Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, Rita Daniels said. “This is an exciting brand new 8pm series that features an incredible collection of inspiring, passionate and dedicated hospital staff. In each of the six episodes you can clearly see their dedication, deep felt connection and enthusiasm for the patients they meet every day.”
“It was incredibly humbling to film with the fantastic staff who are at the heart of Newcastle Hospitals. Through their eyes we experience the beauty and complexities of their patients and the NHS,” added Camilla Lewis, CEO Curve Media.
You can catch up on Geordie Hospital here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/geordie-hospital
Background to the show
After a lot of discussion and planning and as the country came out of lockdown last summer (2021), we granted production company Curve Media access to our hospitals and our staff and patients as part of an exciting new documentary series they were making for Channel 4.
The filming schedule was very tight and the brief was to follow staff – both inside and outside of work – as they prepared for a busy shift.
Being in a pandemic, a key priority for us has always been caring for COVID-19 patients on dedicated wards and making sure we had stringent infection prevention control (IPC) measures in place to keep our staff, patients and visitors safe.
The small team involved in filming rigidly followed the same safety measures as our staff wearing the appropriate PPE and doing regular testing throughout the time they were with us.
And while we were feeling (and still continue to feel) the pressures of this pandemic, this series is deliberately not about COVID-19 – it’s about our people and a warm-hearted look at what else goes on behind the scenes at a busy hospital trust.
We hope it captures the flavour – and diversity – of what we do across Newcastle Hospitals and gives you a brief insight into our NHS family. Our thanks to everyone involved – both in front and behind the camera.
Chief Executive Dame Jackie Daniel said: “We wanted to show the very best of Newcastle in a warm and engaging way – focussing on our world class clinicians as well as our extremely valued support staff who are all equally important in caring for our patients.
“I’m very grateful to all of the staff and patients who gave their time and expertise to help us make this programme.”
Curve Media is a leading UK unscripted production company led by award-winning producers Rob Carey and Camilla Lewis. With permanent production bases in London and Cardiff, Curve Media specialise in high quality, long-running factual and entertainment shows for the world’s best content platforms.
Executive Producers: Sarah Swingler & Charlie Bunce