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YAS staff to appear in BBC Series 'An hour to save your life’

02 June 2015

Staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust are set to appear in the second series of BBC documentary series „An Hour To Save Your Life’ which begins tonight.

The three-part medical science series explores the decisions and actions taken by clinicians in the first critical hour of emergency care for some of the most seriously ill and injured patients they deal with.

It details the dilemmas and innovations at the frontline of emergency medicine and gives a unique insight into the minute-by-minute decisions that are made in the fight for life.

Dr Dave Macklin

From the moment an emergency call is made, a clock starts ticking and the expert medical attention a patient receives in this first hour could mean the difference between life or death.

Starting on Tuesday 2 June 2015 at 9.00pm on BBC Two, the programme follows clinicians as they respond to patients, including a boy hit by a car in Featherstone and a West Yorkshire man with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) - a swelling (aneurysm) of the aorta - the main blood vessel that leads away from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service and an A&E Doctor, said: “What these cases demonstrate is the incredibly high level of care that is now available throughout Yorkshire and the Humber. We have a fantastic team of staff and care begins via our staff taking 999 calls in the emergency operations centre and providing advice until ambulance staff arrive on scene. We are also fortunate to have access to four major trauma centres across the region and two air ambulances staffed by our paramedics and operated by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.

“Providing the highest quality patient care is our main priority and there are some outstanding examples in this series of the excellent clinical care provided by ambulance paramedics.” 

Filming took place in West Yorkshire by programme makers Boundless during November and December 2014 and also includes footage from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 

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