TV show spotlights Sheffield medics’ vital work

Embrace lead Dr Steve Hancock, a critical care consultant.
Embrace lead Dr Steve Hancock, a critical care consultant.
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A team of dedicated doctors and nurses from Sheffield who help some of the country’s poorliest children are set to star in a new documentary series.

The programme - called Children’s Emergency Rescue - follows the work of the elite flying doctors and nurses of the Embrace service, part of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

The transport organisation transfers sick babies and children to specialist wards using mobile intensive care units, planes or helicopters.

Embrace handles 3,500 cases every year, and a BBC production team spent six months following its medics, giving an insight into the reality of emergency medicine.

Readers of The Star helped play a part in setting up the service, too.

The newspaper got behind a big charity appeal in 2008 to raise £120,000 for one of its special ambulances, called Bear 2.

In the first episode of the three-part series, consultant Hazel Talbot is scrambled to the bedside of 13-year-old cardiac patient Chance, who is lying critically ill in Leeds Hospital when a heart transplant becomes available.

He is flown in an RAF Sea King helicopter to London, where he undergoes the operation.

Dr Steve Hancock, a critical care consultant, said: “It’s great to work with such a dedicated team. From the outside our vehicles look like a normal 999 ambulance, but inside they’re a mobile intensive care unit for premature babies and critically ill children.”

David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said he was ‘very proud’ of the good cause’s contribution.

n Children’s Emergency Rescue starts next Tuesday, January 28, at 8pm on BBC Two.