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Leeds Teaching Hospitals to star in new ITV documentary as part of NHS 70 celebrations

Thursday 12th April 2018

The emergency departments at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are set to star in an exciting new ITV programme hosted by Davina McCall as part of national NHS 70 celebrations.

A&E Live will give the public the chance to see what happens behind the scenes in the city’s two busy emergency departments as well as following 999 call operators and local ambulance crews from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. 

For over 50 years, Leeds has been at the forefront of emergency medicine. Mr Maurice Ellis who set up the Casualty Surgeons Association in 1967 was a Consultant at the LGI and became the first A&E consultant in the UK (with many also saying the first in the world) so we’re proud to think that emergency medicine all started right here in Leeds.

In a television first, presenter Davina McCall will show emergency medicine as it happens and will be embedded in the emergency department, which sees 210,000 people with injuries and illness a year, and is also the first port of call for around 1600 major trauma patients a year. 

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Speaking of the announcement, Steve Bush, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Director for A&E at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“We are delighted to be opening our doors to ITV for this exciting new show and we’re looking forward to welcoming Davina McCall to our wonderful city.

“Just over 50 years ago, an LGI doctor called Maurice Ellis became the country’s first A&E consultant - some say the first in the world - making it the perfect place to celebrate the achievements of our emergency services and the NHS in its 70th year.

“We now see around 210,000 people a year across our two emergency departments at the LGI and St James’s Hospital and treat a huge range of medical emergencies.

“A&E Live will be an opportunity for the public to go behind the scenes at these busy emergency departments and discover how our fantastic doctors, nurses, clinical workers, and support teams come together to help people in their time of greatest need.”