It might sound like a concept straight from the mind of Alan Partridge, but ITV's first episode of A&E Live was an eye-opening and inspiring watch.
As part of the channel's NHS Week – celebrating 70 years of the UK's National Health Service – viewers tuned in to A&E Live this evening (May 22), as Davina McCall led them through an hour in the busy accident and emergency department of Leeds General Infirmary.
The programme featured live updates from A&E as well as pre-recorded footage showing the incredible work of everyone from doctors and nurses to ambulance crews and call handlers.
Unsurprisingly, people watching from home found A&E Live a fitting tribute to the NHS and its hard-working staff as it showed the realities of working in such an environment.
As well as praising the "amazing" and "awesome" staff at the hospital, viewers also applauded the show for highlighting just how busy A&E can be – and what is or isn't an emergency.
#AandELive don't think the Tories could have picked a worse time to try and privatise the NHS. 24 Hours in A&E, Hospital, Ambulance and now A&E Live, it's clear the UK public adore and value the NHS so much, and rightly so. We need to save this wonderful institution.- Lewis Compton (@lewiscomptonuk) May 22, 2018
Giving an insight into just how busy an NHS A&E department is and why urgent treatment centers and minor injury units are important - so emergencies can be seen in the right time & place when it is an emergency #AandELive- ]]>𝑀𝒾𝒸𝒽𝑒𝓁𝓁𝑒𝐵𝒶𝒾𝓁𝓁𝒾𝑒