Public given exclusive insight into making of hospital documentary


Members of the public will be given an exclusive insight into the making of a landmark medical ethics documentary on Southampton Children’s Hospital at an event later this month.

The two-part Channel 4 series My Baby’s Life: Who Decides?, which featured patients, staff and families from the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), was produced by Love Productions and followed the stories of six patients and their families.

The programmes, which are available to watch on demand on All 4, also explored the work of the clinical ethics committee at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Established in 2001, the committee deals with any ethical issues which arise in clinical practice when health practitioners, patients or patients' families cannot reach agreement on important healthcare matters.

Speakers will include the documentary’s director Kira Phillips and producer Sue Medhurst from Love Productions, as well as Dr Iain Macintosh, director of PICU and chairman of Friends of PICU, a charity set up in 2006 to help raise funds for equipment and services on the unit.

The event forms part of the hospital trust’s programme of activities for members, which gives people who register the opportunity to meet staff and hear about news and developments across the organisation.

“For the second members’ evening of 2018, we are delighted to be able to offer a behind the scenes look into the making of this important documentary,” said Emma Abdulaal, membership manager at UHS and event co-ordinator.

“Our speakers will not only share information on PICU itself, but their experiences of filming in such close quarters often during very difficult circumstances, so it will be a very interesting insight into how such programmes are developed.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, 17 April from 6pm until 8pm in the Heartbeat Education Centre at Southampton General Hospital. It is open to all registered UHS members (staff and public) and their guests, who can reserve a place by emailing or calling 023 8120 5957.

Anyone interested in attending who is not currently a member can contact the membership team to register and reserve a place.

Posted on Thursday 5 April 2018