Secret Life Of The Hospital


1 x 60'

Production company

Brinkworth Television

Year of production


Commissioning channels

Channel 5



With exclusive access to one of Britain's busiest hospitals, The Royal Devon and Exeter, this is a fascinating look at the vast network of people and processes behind the frontline medical staff that keep a busy hospital ticking 24 hours a day.

Every hospital relies on a huge number of workers invisible to the average patient. We meet microbiologists working hard to defeat infection and sepsis, the team fighting bugs inside the buildings, and engineering technicians who keep all the vital medical equipment functioning,

The programme reveals how urgent blood samples hurtle through hidden pneumatic tubes at speeds of up to 25 feet per second, discovers one of the cleanest rooms in the world where they make up life-saving drugs and food and visits the hip bone repository now helping to save lives in spinal surgery.

Diving into the maze of corridors and clinics, through dirty boiler rooms, and into pristine labs, we discover how everything is interlinked. Full of surprising facts and faces, the Secret Life of the Hospital focuses on the hundreds of unseen men and women and their roles in the depths of the massive hospital machine.

Available as 1 x 60' / 90' or as a series of 4 x 60' / 90' with Secret Life of the Long Haul Flight, Secret Life of the Airport and Secret Life of the Cruise.

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