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Critical Condition Episode 1 - "You will see everything from death to survival"

Dr Chris Pickering

One of the doctors featured on a new documentary set at the Royal Stoke University Hospital is warning it will be emotional to watch.

Film crews followed staff at work in the Major Trauma Centre, where they are constantly faced with life-threatening emergencies.

Now we'll get a chance to see behind the ward curtains, when four-part documentary "Critical Condition" starts tonight at 9pm, on Channel 5.

It will see staff treating patients for everything from multiple stab wounds, to cardiac arrest, discovering they have a brain tumour, hitting a wall in a motorcycle sidecar at over 100 miles per hour, to a man suffering horrendous injuries due to a machete attack.


Dr Chris Pickering, one of the staff who will be seen at work, says he will give people a glimpse into the reality of what the job is like.

He said: "This series will be difficult for some people to watch. 

"I have been lucky enough to see all the episodes, and I find it difficult to watch.

"There needs to be a 'mascara warning', because you will see everything from death to survival.

"The staff here come across brilliantly, in the humanity that they show and level of dedication to their job.

"What that does puts the hospital on a map, showcasing fantastic trauma work, and what an incredible place it is to work.

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