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The stage is set for our staff and patients in Channel 5’s Operation:Live

Our hospital staff and patients will step into the limelight this week (13-15 November 2018), starring in Channel 5's Operation:Live.

Viewers will go behind the scenes to join surgeons and their teams in a rarely-seen side of the NHS, as The Royal London and St Bartholomew's hospitals perform three operations live on air.

The live television event will be fronted by Nicky Campbell from 10pm each night, with viewers being invited to submit questions to surgical experts via social media.

Episode 1 - Open Heart Surgery Live, Tuesday 13th November at 10pm on Channel 5

The live programmes will begin with Mr Kulvinder Lall performing open heart surgery (replacing an aortic valve) for a patient at St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Episode 2 - Operation Live: Total Knee Rebuild, Wednesday 14th November at 10pm on Channel 5

The next night, at The Royal London Hospital, will see Mr Steven Millington perform a knee replacement.

Episode 3 - Removing The Tumour Live, Thursday 15th November at 10pm on Channel 5

On the final night, Professor Shafi Ahmed will remove a tumour from the colon of a patient at The Royal London Hospital.

Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospitals, hopes to celebrate the life-changing work that goes on day and night in hospitals across the country.

Alistair Chesser, Chief Medical Officer at Barts Health NHS Trust said: "I am thrilled that Channel 5 will be throwing a spotlight onto the world-class treatment we provide at Barts Health. Our surgical teams together with staff across our hospitals are rightly proud of the tremendous care they give to patients. We are grateful to our patients and their families in supporting us with these programmes."

Last year, teams at the five hospitals ran by Barts Health performed 286,590 inpatient appointments and procedures.

This ground-breaking series is being made by The Garden Productions, the television company behind the long-running hit series 24 Hours in A&E in South London.

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  1. Oguz Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 06:09 PM

    Brilliant. The human anatomy and its workings are fascinating. Information to the public is often limited or regarding surgeries not viewable at all. Looking forward to watching this series.

  2. Megan Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:07 PM

    Absolutely fascinating. What a skilled and professional team. Why so late though? Is it just for the filming? The best of the NHS.

  3. Kim Teece Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:09 PM

    I’m a cardiac rehab sister so see the post op cardiac patients. What a fabulous way to better understand this intricate procedure. Thank you Mr Lall and patient Kamal

  4. Kim Teece Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:09 PM

    I’m a cardiac rehab sister so see the post op cardiac patients. What a fabulous way to better understand this intricate procedure. Thank you Mr Lall and patient Kamal

  5. Clare Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:33 PM

    The team at St Barts are astounding performing such an operation with a calm and confident manner. We should be so proud of our nhs. Let’s start giving our nhs staff the care and respect they deserve.

  6. Christopher Shade Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:35 PM

    The people who work for the NHS are absolutely fantastic we are so lucky in this country.I had a tumour removed last september at kings college and then got an infection and june this year had titanium plate fitted they are great.

  7. Christopher Shade Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:45 PM

    The nhs is fantastic we so lucky in this country

  8. Ian Chapman Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:48 PM

    Had same operation Oct 2018. Fascinating to see what was done. Had wires inserted into heart before chest closed up why has this not happened in this operation.

  9. Brenda Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:49 PM

    Amazing work. Thank you to everyone involved

  10. Shirley purchese Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:52 PM

    Are they leaving the tissue in? Surely that is not right

  11. Teresa jenns Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 11:59 PM

    Total, total respect for this team performing open heart surgery. Amazing

  12. John Bell Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at 12:15 AM

    The most distressing part of the programme for me was how many times the commentating surgeon said, "so"!

  13. Costas Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at 12:43 AM

    I underwent aortic valve and aorta replacement at St Barts 2 years ago. The hospital and staff as seen tonight live on TV are second to none. Thank you channel 5 for highlighting the great work by all staff. Without them I would not be here today. I come back every year for check ups and feel at home!

  14. Tim Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at 12:49 AM

    Amazing.I had a aortic valve replacement 3 years ago. I didn't know how many staff where involved. The skill of the sugerions and all the staff was greatly appreciated as was the aftercare.

  15. Kerry bradley Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at 10:49 PM

    Ive just found out I’m in need of a total knee replacement! This episode is so interesting!
    I’d love to have mine done, but I’ve been told I’m far too young! At what age can they be done? I’m 44.

  16. David Siggers Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at 11:21 PM

    Having had both knees replaced when 70 (now 76) am fascinated to watch procedure as all I could hear when having mine done was the banging and sawing which made the anaethatist ask why I was laughing, so being an ex Royal Naval engineer told him it sounded as if I was down in the engine room. Had op in the morning and was up walking at 3 pm. Have been pain free ever since.

  17. Angela Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at 11:43 PM

    Hi I had a TKR in 2016 it didn't work I'm still in Pain &I can't walk now what do I do ?

  18. Fiona Saturday, 2 March 2019 at 10:42 PM

    I don’t “do” medical programmes generally, but the Removing the Tumour episode interested me as it was the very same operation my Mum had in October. Sadly my Mum being 81, and the cancer being so advanced, didn’t make it. The medical team were second to none, and I can’t rate them highly enough (Carlisle). This operation answered many questions I have had since her passing. It has brought great comfort to me. I would love to know how the gentleman in the prigramme got on after such major surgery. Shame there was no follow up porgramme for him as his was the last programme.