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Week 7 on the covid wards2020050520200511 (R4)

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

01Week 1 On The Covid Wards20200326

This series takes you inside the Covid wards in one of the UK's busiest teaching hospitals. The recordings are all made by Dr John Wright, who is helping prepare for the pandemic and speaks to those alongside him, from doctors and nurses, through to admin managers and cleaners. This is a race to help those most at risk from this virus and people are united in doing their best to help those in the local community who need them more than ever before.

Dr Wright starts these recordings on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. The series unfolds in real time, giving you a week by week account of what is happening on the hospital wards. You can follow the inside thoughts of the teams planning for the surge in patient numbers and hear form relatives prevented from entering the hospital and having to find new ways to speak to loved ones, even when they're dying.

This is the only access of its kind to the real inside account of how the hospital is gearing up to meet this huge challenge and listeners are alongside from the start. In this programme intensive care doctors are rapidly expanding bed numbers to cope as people become very ill and need to be on ventilators. An old disused ward is being brought back into life and nurses are allocated to the new Covid wards as they start to fill.

Professor John Wright is an expert in fighting epidemics and has worked in outbreaks of Ebola, Cholera and HIV around the world. He thinks it’s important to share what clinical staff and support workers are facing at this critical time. At the end of each podcast version he discusses some of the issues raised with Presenter Winifred Robinson and provides answers to some of the questions that people might have.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Design by Richard Hannaford

A new series taking you inside the UK's Covid-19 wards and all recorded by medical staff.

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

A senior NHS doctor has been recording on the wards for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of COVID-19.

These recordings with frontline NHS staff at all levels, take you behind the scenes on the wards as they plan for what is to come and then cope as the patients arrive. They let us share in the pressures, personal and professional, and in the decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented threat.

Professor John Wright is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to get ready for COVID-19. He’s looked after patients all over the world – cholera and HIV in southern Africa, Ebola in Sierra Leone. He thinks it’s important we should all know what we are facing.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Design by Richard Hannaford

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents.

02Week 2 On The Covid Wards20200331

As increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients are needing medical care the efforts of doctors and nurses are being hampered by sickness in their own ranks. The spread of the virus appears to be hitting the very teams dealing with those made so ill by it and the lack of testing and worries about protective equipment are hindering their efforts.

Dr John Wright has been recording on the wards at the Bradford Royal Infirmary for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. This is week two of his diaries, recorded as the number of cases starts to increase and the pressures on the frontline teams intensifies.

These recordings with frontline NHS staff at all levels, take you behind the scenes on the wards as they plan for what is to come and then cope as the patients arrive. They let us share in the pressures, personal and professional, and in the decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented threat.

Professor John Wright is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to get ready for Covid-19. He’s looked after patients all over the world – cholera and HIV in Southern Africa, Ebola in Sierra Leone. He thinks it’s important we should all know what we are facing.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Production by Richard Hannaford

Episode two on the Covid wards and doctors and nurses are also falling sick with the virus

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

Dr John Wright has been recording on the wards for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. This is week two of his diaries, recorded as the number of cases starts to increase and the pressures on the frontline team intensify.

These recordings with frontline NHS staff at all levels, take you behind the scenes on the wards as they plan for what is to come and then cope as the patients arrive. They let us share in the pressures, personal and professional, and in the decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented threat.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Production by Richard Hannaford

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents.

03Week 3 On The Covid Wards20200407

The prospect of keeping families apart at the time of death is so new to medical staff in the UK that it is hard to process alongside everything else that this pandemic has thrown into turmoil. Telephones and monitors are being brought onto the Covid-19 wards in a bid to link families using new technology in the hope that this brings comfort even though loved ones are prevented entering the hospital during the pandemic.

Dr John Wright has been recording on the wards for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. This is week three of his diaries, recorded as the number of cases starts to increase and the pressures on the frontline team intensify.

These recordings with frontline NHS staff at all levels, take you behind the scenes on the wards as they plan for what is to come and then cope as the patients arrive. They let us share in the pressures, personal and professional, and in the decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented threat.

Professor John Wright is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to get ready for Covid-19. He’s looked after patients all over the world – cholera and HIV in Southern Africa, Ebola in Sierra Leone. He thinks it’s important we should all know what we are facing.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Production by Richard Hannaford

Covid wards staff have to tell relatives they cannot see dying patients.

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents.

04Week 4 On The Covid Wards2020041420200420 (R4)

In this episode doctors ask patients on the Covid-19 wards to test possible treatments.

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

In this programme Dr John Wright and doctors at the Bradford Royal Infirmary are recruiting Covid-19 patients into the largest study of its kind: it's a race against time in the search for possible treatments for those made gravely ill by the virus and people are all too willing to help.

John Wright has been recording on the wards for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. This is week four of his diaries, recorded as the number of cases starts to increase and the pressures on the frontline team intensify.

These recordings with frontline NHS staff at all levels, take you behind the scenes on the wards as they plan for what is to come and then cope as the patients arrive. They let us share in the pressures, personal and professional, and in the decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented threat.

Professor John Wright is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to get ready for Covid-19. He’s looked after patients all over the world – cholera and HIV in Southern Africa, Ebola in Sierra Leone. He thinks it’s important we should all know what we are facing.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Production by Richard Hannaford

Dr John Wright has been recording on the wards for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. This is week four of his diaries, recorded as the number of cases starts to increase and the pressures on the frontline team intensify.

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents.

05Week 5 On The Covid Wards2020042120200427 (R4)

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents.

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

Dr John Wright has been recording on the wards for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. This is week five of his diaries, recorded as the number of cases starts to increase and the pressures on the frontline team intensify.

These recordings with frontline NHS staff at all levels, take you behind the scenes on the wards as they plan for what is to come and then cope as the patients arrive. They let us share in the pressures, personal and professional, and in the decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented threat.

Professor John Wright is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to get ready for Covid-19. He’s looked after patients all over the world – cholera and HIV in Southern Africa, Ebola in Sierra Leone. He thinks it’s important we should all know what we are facing.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Production by Richard Hannaford

06Week 6 On The Covid Wards2020042820200504 (R4)

Stories of love and hope from Bradford's Covid wards as medical staff battle to save lives

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.

Dr John Wright has been recording on the wards for BBC Radio 4 – starting on March 16th, the day the Prime Minister gave his first televised address about the danger of Covid-19. This is week six of his diaries, recorded as the number of cases continues to increase and the pressures on the frontline team intensify.

These recordings with frontline NHS staff at all levels, take you behind the scenes on the wards as they plan for what is to come and then cope as the patients arrive. They let us share in the pressures, personal and professional, and in the decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented threat.

Professor John Wright is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to get ready for Covid-19. He’s looked after patients all over the world – cholera and HIV in Southern Africa, Ebola in Sierra Leone. He thinks it’s important we should all know what we are facing.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Sue Mitchell
Sound Production by Richard Hannaford

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents.

07Week 7 On The Covid Wards2020050520200511 (R4)

A senior NHS doctor's been recording on the wards for Radio 4. Winifred Robinson presents

Behind the scenes with frontline NHS staff on the wards coping with the onset of COVID-19.