BAFTA-nominated documentary, Great Ormond Street is to return to BBC Two for a third series later this month.
Three more editions will follow life at the world-renowned facility, which provides care for some of the country’s most poorly youngsters, documenting the life-changing decisions faced by doctors and families alike.
The upcoming episodes will focus on children with rare diseases, respiratory and neurological conditions, as clinicians and nurses at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) push the boundaries of paediatric medicine to try and save the lives of their young patients where conventional treatments have failed.
“Difficult decisions are part of daily life at Great Ormond Street. This documentary offers a rare insight into what it is like for us as clinicians and researchers, as well as for our families and patients, as we weigh up what is right for each child and the amount of risk we are willing to take to give that child a chance of life, or a better quality of life. In a lot of cases, we are treating children who have already run out of conventional treatment options. So our clinical research and experimental treatments often represent the very last chance for a child to get better – and the results can sometimes be extraordinary.” – Consultant in Paediatric Immunology at GOSH, Bobby Gaspar
GOSH is a world leading paediatric centre for the treatment of rare diseases, and the first episode, Fix My Genes, focuses on three young patients who undergo a mixture of bone marrow transplantation and gene therapy to treat their rare conditions. GOSH is also one of the largest children’s heart and lung transplant centres in Europe, and the second episode, Fight To Breathe, follows four children with serious respiratory conditions and their families as they make the difficult decision of whether to join the lung transplant list. The final episode, Mend My Brain, looks at GOSH’s neurosurgery team and the difficult decision-making and intricate surgery facing patients with a variety of neurological conditions.
“The Great Ormond Street series continues in its compelling tone to explore complex dilemmas born from cutting-edge medicine. In this latest series, some of the children are particularly involved in the decision-making process.” – Executive Producer, Kate Townsend
Great Ormond Street is made by Films of Record for BBC Two in partnership with The Open University. The new series begins on 28 April.